The Dreams of Mairhe Mehan

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Knopf, Aug 1, 1997 - Juvenile Fiction - 119 pages
3 Reviews
In a rich tapestry of dreams, legend, and the pivotal events of the American
Civil War, this haunting novel portrays a family of Irish immigrants fighting
to find its identity in the New World while a nation struggles to be born anew
out of the carnage of war. In a starred review, "Publishers Weekly"
called it "a finely wrought historical novel...remarkable for its artistry and
the lingering musicality of its language."

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Review: The Dreams of Mairhe Mehan (Becoming Mary Mehan #1)

User Review  - Renae - Goodreads

This was hard to wrap my head around, but it pulled together near the end. There is some lovely writing here. Blending of the dance of life with the dance of battle. It might bear up under a second reading... Read full review

Review: The Dreams of Mairhe Mehan (Becoming Mary Mehan #1)

User Review  - Catherine Mustread - Goodreads

Grades 6+. Mairhe, who lives in an Irish slum in Washington DC in the 1860s, struggles to come to grips with the impact of theCivil War after her brother joins the Union army and her father gives away all their belongings in hopes of going back to Ireland. Read full review


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Ever since the first grade, Jennifer Armstrong knew that she would become an author. She loved making up stories and sharing them with others. Her family treasured books and this led her to become an avid reader of all types of fiction. It was no surprise when she chose to study English and American Literature at Smith College in Massachusetts.

Armstrong is the author of over 50 books for children from kindergarten through high school. Best known for writing historical fiction, she has also been successful in
creating picture books, easy readers, chapter books, young adult novels, as well as nonfiction.

Armstrong, who grew up outside of New York City, now lives with her husband, Jim Kunstler, and their three dogs in Saratoga Springs, New York. Kunstler is also an author, and he ser

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