Nory Ryan's Song

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Random House Children's Books, Feb 19, 2009 - Juvenile Fiction - 176 pages
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Nory Ryan's family has lived on Maidin Bay on the west coast of Ireland for generations, raising a pig and a few chickens, planting potatoes, getting by. Every year Nory's father goes away on a fishing boat and returns with the rent money for the English lord who owns their cottage and fields, the English lord bent upon forcing the Irish from their land so he can tumble the cottages and clear the fields for grazing. Times are never easy on Maidin Bay, but this year, a terrible blight attacks the potatoes. No crop means starvation. Twelve-year-old Nory must summon the courage and ingenuity to find food, to find hope, to find a way to help her family survive.


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User Review  - Kailyn Groves - Goodreads

In the 1800s in Ireland, Nory and her family, along with their neighbors, are starving. Her dad has gone fishing and trying to make money. Her mom died, and her oldest sister moved to Brooklyn, New ... Read full review

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User Review  - Carolyn - Goodreads

This is a sad, yet hopeful little book for kids covering the devastation of the potato famine in Ireland. It is a searing reproof to the British who did nothing and in fact made things worse for many ... Read full review

About the author (2009)

Patricia Reilly Giff has written more than 50 books for young readers, including the Kids of the Polk Street School series.


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