Greener Grass

Paperback | October 1, 2008

byCaroline Pignat

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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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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 payme...

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 Club...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:278 pages, 7.25 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:October 1, 2008Publisher:Red Deer PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:088995402X

ISBN - 13:9780889954021

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Poignant and sad personal story about the Irish potato famine I was very touched by the story. It is a relatively short book and it is very readable. I like the personal recounting of what it was like to have lived in that time in Ireland.
Date published: 2010-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fascinating! This book made history come to life. Anyone of Irish descent could make Kit Byrne his or her relative and be completely proud to have her in the family. Heroism, family and survival make this historical novel worth reading young or old.
Date published: 2009-05-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good This book is not usually the type of book that I read. It covers off all kinds of topics that I am not really familiar with. The book details the year of 1847 - during the Patato famine in Ireland. As I mentioned, I was not really familiar with this event in history and Ireland somehow has always seemed so far away. Yet, this story of a heroic fourteen year old girl who is asked to grow up way beyond her chronological age in order to save both herself and her family during this horrible crisis is very interesting. The story takes us along the hard and difficult and very unfair period in history where the rich grew richer by taking what belonged to everybody and the poor grew poorer. This book is both sad (Kit must endure some heartwrenching events) and inspiring - all the more real because it was based on a true crisis. I cannot even begin to imagine the horror that these people must have lived through. The author manages to convey this injustice with touching scenes and managed to make a subject that was so horrible, somehow come to life for me. The author should be commended on a great job and a touching book.
Date published: 2008-11-24

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"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"