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Under the Hawthorn Tree

Siblings Eily, Michael, and Peggy are struggling to survive in the midst of Ireland's Great Hunger. The blight has killed most of their crops, and their father has had to leave their cottage in Duneen in hopes of finding work. And another tragedy strikes: their 10-month-old sister Bridget dies of "famine fever." They bury her under the hawthorn tree in their garden — a place that links to the otherworld. Their mother tries to distract the children by telling them stories of their family, including two great aunts, but as their situation worsens, she has to sell their belongings — everything but the clothes on their backs.

With nothing left, she decides to go looking for their father, but after three long days pass, she hasn't returned. Eily, Michael, and Peggy seem to have no choice but to go to one of the cruel workhouses... unless their mother's stories about their aunts were true. If the weakened children can make the dangerous journey to Castletaggart, perhaps they can have hope for a better life. This stunning historical fiction novel, first of the Children of the Famine series, brings the reality of The Great Famine to life through the eyes of these three courageous children.

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Product Details

Recommended Age 8 - 11
Author Marita Conlon-McKenna
ISBN 1402219067
Publication Date May 1, 2009
Publisher Sourcebooks Young Readers
Series Name Children of the Famine
Language English