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Grades 4 - 8Grades 2 - 5T4.331741
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.
Hardcover, 148 pages
Published on September 12, 2000 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 043931674X
ISBN-13: 9780385321419
7 Book Reviews
  • nelle656
    nelle656almost 6 years55 stars
    Lovely book!
    • nzcoolkid
      nzcoolkidabout 6 years33 stars
      Although the story was quite sad, I was happy to read a story based in the time of the Irish potato famine. I enjoy reading historical books like this, and I heard there is a sequel!
      • williamg528
        williamg528over 7 years
        geat book i would definely recomend it
        • coolmak
          coolmakover 7 years
          I read the first book, Maggie's Door and it was alright I would like to read this one though.
          • maggier37
            maggier37over 7 years
            we read this book in ELA class and it was amazing!!!!!!!!!!
            • zacharys1317
              zacharys1317over 7 years
              read this in school thought it was good
              • emilyt813
                emilyt813over 7 years33 stars
                Read this at school and found love at first sight!!!