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As Patricia Reilly Giff writes in her note to the reader, the Great Hunger of 1845 to 1852 was a tragic time for the Irish. Enough food to feed double the population was sent out across the sea, while an indifferent government ignored the starving masses. More than one million of the eight million people in Ireland died. Nory Ryan's Song, a fictionalized account based on this terrible era in history, describes the heroic struggles of one girl who refuses to give in to hunger, exhaustion, and hopeless circumstances. Young readers may have heard of the Irish Potato Famine, but they won't truly understand it until they meet Nory. Giff is the author of many beloved books for children, including the Newbery Honor Book Lily's Crossing and the Polk Street School series. (Ages 9 to 12) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Beautifully written. Very sad in parts but there was always something that made me want to keep reading. I felt every emotion of love, despair And hope along with the characters. Read morePublished 15 months ago by JDowell
I had not read this author before "Nory Ryan's Song", but I was impressed by the imagery in the story. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Kim
am going to let my 9 yr old grandaughter read it. Some of the other famine books were alot of politics. This was a heart warming story of survival.Published 17 months ago by kakepo