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To escape the Irish potato famine of the 1840s, twelve-year-old Annie and her brother emigrate to New York City where they join their older sister as servants, earning money to bring the rest of their family to America, where they discover that both food and hardships abound.
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Gr 4-6-Whether in Ireland, aboard ship, or in New York, Annie's life is hard. In the 1840s, the poverty at home is extreme, so the 12-year-old and her younger brother Thomas are sent to their sister Bridget in America, leaving their mother and other siblings behind but taking their deceased father's valuable fiddle with them. As they land in New York, a thief makes off with her possessions. Bridget, who is employed by a wealthy family, puts Annie to work for the joyless housemaid; Thomas is assigned to the abusive coachman. All too soon, however, this less-than-idyllic existence is cut short as first Thomas runs away and then Annie is pushed out, on the cook's trumped-up charge of stealing. Rescued by an African-American family who runs a boarding house and takes in laundry, the youngster is befriended by their daughter and remains determined to find her brother and the violin. Annie is a sympathetic heroine, and the cook and coachman are villainous enough to sustain some reader interest, but opportunistic plot turns and small details left dangling detract from the suspense, and the "all's well" ending is predictable. Patricia Reilly Giff's Nory Ryan's Song (Delacorte, 2000) far surpasses this treatment of Ireland's potato famine, and Avi's swashbuckling Beyond the Western Sea (Orchard, 1996) is a fuller description of the plight of the newly arrived Irish immigrant. A missed opportunity in many ways.
Carol A. Edwards, Sonoma County Library, Santa Rosa, CA
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Gr. 5-9. There's no debate when Annie and her brother get a chance to leave famine-ravaged Ireland in 1847 to live with their sister Bridget in New York. The youngsters brave the perilous journey and arrive at the bustling city ready to start anew. Bridget finds a place for them on the domestic staff of the Fairchild household, where she works as a maid, and the siblings look forward to the day when they can bring over the rest of the family. Then reality intervenes: a conniving thief who stole the children's baggage at dockside returns to menace them, and the household staff takes advantage of the younger Quinns, unbeknownst to both Bridget and the Fairchilds. Despite the difficulties, all ends well: plucky Annie triumphs. This well-done historical novel, rich in details about the potato famine and Irish life in mid-nineteenth-century New York, will grab readers with its action-packed plot and strong characterizations. Anne O'Malley
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Book Description Carolrhoda Books, 2001. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111575055104
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Book Description Carolrhoda Books, 2001. Hardcover. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1575055104