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In 1890 Ireland, thirteen-year-old Sally and her younger sister, Katie, are forced to be hired girls and work for two different families when their father is killed in a fishing accident
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Gr 5-8-A story set in Ireland in 1890. When 13-year-old Sally's father dies in a fishing accident, she and her younger sister, Katie, who are used to a more privileged life, are forced to become hired girls. Sally is employed by William Stewart, his pregnant wife, and their three children, while Katie goes to work for Stewart's neighbor, Robert Campbell, and his mother. When Mrs. Stewart must have a kidney operation in a town some way off from the farm, Sally, left in charge of the house, farm, and children, develops from being a ``scatterbrain'' to becoming a sensible and dependable young woman. The mood of hopeful anticipation is maintained throughout the narrative. However, the plot, while intriguing, attempts too much. It includes an unsatisfactory mystery that is never fully explained. Robert Campbell's mother is suspected of being a witch, but once she has been cleared of suspicion of stealing from the Stewarts, that aspect of the story is dropped. The major plot does not begin until chapter six, before which a love interest is introduced and subsequently forgotten. Background information about Parnall and Home Rule is not worked into the fabric of the story; rather, it is given in doses and explanatory paragraphs. The characterization of Sally is excellent, but the surrounding characters are a disappointment. The book may be enjoyed by students as an addition to a school unit on social studies, forms of government (especially one explaining ``self-government''), or the history of Ireland, but other readers will have a difficult time wading through it.-Sandra J. Langlais, Newport Public Library,
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Book Description Poolbeg Press Ltd. Paperback. Condition: New. UNUSED, VERY GOOD, NOT EX-LIBRARY, Bend in corner, 176 pages. It is 1890 and Parnell is the uncrowned king of Ireland. But thirteen-year-old Sally Gallagher, "Scatterbrain Sally" as her mother and younger sister Katie call her, has no interest inpolitics. She is happy to read books and leave the running of the house to those who like housework.A shocking tragedy changes the lives of the sisters. Instead of being the daughters of a comfortable Donegal farmer and fisherman, they have to become hired servants, bound for six months to masters they don't know. Elizabeth O' Hara has written an exciting story that has its share of sorrow and joy. She creates in Scatterbrain Sally a new and unforgettable Irish heroine.PRAISE FOR THE HIRING FAIR"A moving story with a memorable heroine at its heart."Sunday Independent. Seller Inventory # 8986
Book Description Poolbeg. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # POOL12753