Three years after being orphaned, Irish Catholics Maggie and Annie Lavin still struggle in the Protestant community where they have been taken in by the Russell family, and when their long-lost uncle arrives to claim them, the girls face a difficult choice.
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Grade 5-8?In this satisfying sequel to The Journey Home (Scholastic, 1990), orphan-train immigrants Maggie and Annie Lavin have lived for three years on the Kansas prairie with supportive, caring foster parents. Their secure, contented life is disrupted when Uncle Michael Casey appears to reclaim his two nieces and to return them to Catholicism and their Irish heritage in New York City. Torn by loyalty and friendships, Maggie and Annie struggle to accept their uncertain future. Fifteen-year-old Maggie, the focal point of the story, is caught up in the emotional and social turmoil of adolescence and late 19th-century history. She witnesses the lingering animosities of the Civil War; Protestant distrust of Catholics; and stereotypical disdain of "drunk and illiterate" Irish. Through a series of significant events and conversations, she learns that human nature is a constant tension between emotions and rationality. A cast of strong, distinct characters helps shape Maggie's values of commitment, perseverance, honesty, and fairness. With clarity and compassion, Holland portrays the social fabric, geographic isolation, and resourcefulness of 19th-century prairie dwellers. Maggie and Annie are appealing characters whose desire for acceptance, love, and security transcend time and place. The happy ending, in which Uncle Michael realizes that they are content where they are, leaves the door open for another sequel chronicling Maggie and a romantic interest and a return visit from him.?Gerry Larson, Durham Magnet Center, Durham, NC
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Gr. 4^-6. In this sequel to The Journey Home (1990), three years have passed since orphans Maggie and Annie Lavin settled on the Kansas frontier with the Russell family. Although there is no Catholic Church for the girls to attend and Mr. Russell has never filed the necessary adoption paperwork, they have made friends and are treated well. Then Uncle Michael arrives for a visit from New York, intent on taking his nieces back with him so they can practice their faith and live close to other Irish immigrants. Holland offers a realistic portrayal of the personal dilemma the girls face, as well as the intolerance of religions and minorities prevalent at the time. Although a satisfying, happy ending is never in real doubt, well-developed characters and a hint of romance for Maggie add up to an appealing, warm family story. Kay Weisman
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Book Description Scholastic, Inc., NY, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. First Printing. 155pp. No remainder mark. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 050269
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