Greener Grass

by Caroline Pignat

Red Deer Press | October 1, 2008 | Trade Paperback

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Governor General''s Literary Award winner 2009

CLA Children''s Book of the Year Award shortlist, 2009

Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People 2009 finalist

Manitoba Young Readers'' Choice Awards shortlist, 2010

Canadian Children''s Book Centre Our Choice, 2009"Starred Choice

Pennsylvania School Library Association Top 40 Fiction, 2009

Red Maple Book Award nominee 2010

Rocky Mountain Book Award Shortlist, 2011

Kit Byrne''s family is a strong one, but their strength and unity are being severely tested, as life becomes more and more desperate in 19th century rural Ireland. Lord Fraser is the wealthy landowner, from which the Byrne''s and many other families rent their lands. When the potato blight hits, the farmers can no longer make their payments much less produce food for themselves, and the cruel system has no mercy as Lord Fraser wields an iron fist, driving families from their homes and burning their cottages.

Kit''s dreams are now dashed as her family experiences a series of tragedies, and as she undergoes a daunting event that tears her away from her family. With her father dead, she must fight for survival and help her ailing mother and siblings escape Ireland for good.

This story is a glimpse into the tragic events of the Great Hunger, the famine that devastated Ireland, forcing thousands of impoverished families to seek better livelihoods outside of their homeland.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 278 pages, 2.85 × 2.17 × 0.39 in

Published: October 1, 2008

Publisher: Red Deer Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 088995402X

ISBN - 13: 9780889954021

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Greener Grass

by Caroline Pignat

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 278 pages, 2.85 × 2.17 × 0.39 in

Published: October 1, 2008

Publisher: Red Deer Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 088995402X

ISBN - 13: 9780889954021

About the Book

Kit Byrne's family is a strong one, but their strength and unity are being severely tested, as life becomes more and more desperate in 19th century rural Ireland. Lord Fraser is the wealthy landowner, from which the Byrne's and many other families rent their lands. When the potato blight hits, the farmers can no longer make their payments much less produce food for themselves, and the cruel system has no mercy as Lord Fraser wields an iron fist, driving families from their homes and burning their cottages.

Kit's dreams are now dashed as her family experiences a series of tragedies, and as she undergoes a daunting event that tears her away from her family. With her father dead, she must fight for survival and help her ailing mother and siblings escape Ireland for good.

This story is a glimpse into the tragic events of the Great Hunger, the famine that devastated Ireland, forcing thousands of impoverished families to seek better livelihoods outside of their homeland.

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Governor General''s Literary Award winner 2009

CLA Children''s Book of the Year Award shortlist, 2009

Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People 2009 finalist

Manitoba Young Readers'' Choice Awards shortlist, 2010

Canadian Children''s Book Centre Our Choice, 2009"Starred Choice

Pennsylvania School Library Association Top 40 Fiction, 2009

Red Maple Book Award nominee 2010

Rocky Mountain Book Award Shortlist, 2011

Kit Byrne''s family is a strong one, but their strength and unity are being severely tested, as life becomes more and more desperate in 19th century rural Ireland. Lord Fraser is the wealthy landowner, from which the Byrne''s and many other families rent their lands. When the potato blight hits, the farmers can no longer make their payments much less produce food for themselves, and the cruel system has no mercy as Lord Fraser wields an iron fist, driving families from their homes and burning their cottages.

Kit''s dreams are now dashed as her family experiences a series of tragedies, and as she undergoes a daunting event that tears her away from her family. With her father dead, she must fight for survival and help her ailing mother and siblings escape Ireland for good.

This story is a glimpse into the tragic events of the Great Hunger, the famine that devastated Ireland, forcing thousands of impoverished families to seek better livelihoods outside of their homeland.

About the Author

Caroline Pignat graduated from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Arts in English and Religious Studies. She is a teacher, a mentor and coach for children and youth, and an accomplished writer. Her articles and poetry have appeared in numerous magazines and publications including, Clubhouse and Clubhouse Jr., and Chicken Soup for the Bride''s Soul.

Editorial Reviews

"Pignat''s writing is strong and detailed, bringing to life historical events in a personal and tangible way. . . For its good writing, its keen perception of human emotions and its incredibly accurate portrayal of An Gorta Mor (the Great Hunger), this is definitely an addition to any ''must read'' list of young adult novels.
Highly Recommended."
-- "CM Magazine"

"A remarkable work of historical fiction."
-- "Canadian Children''s Book News"

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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