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Wildflower Girl (Children of the Famine Series Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Marita Conlon-McKenna , Donald Teskey
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The second book in the famine trilogy

At seven, Peggy made a terrifying journey through famine-stricken Ireland. Now thirteen, and determined to make a new life for herself, she sets off alone across the Atlantic to America. Will she ever see her family again?

An extraordinary story of courage, independence and adventure

The other books in the Famine trilogy are Under the Hawthorn Tree and Fields of Home. A study guide to Under the Hawthorn tree is also available.

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'The same good strong writing as is evidenced in Under the Hawthorn Tree' (Sunday Tribune)

'As gripping a story as the original, embracing not just a sense of place -- Ireland -- but a sense of time and history Conlon-McKenna has crafted this book ... not a word, spoken or unspoken, or an emotion, is wasted. Pace and style keep the pages turning, and you are filled with a sense of wanting more at the end. Highly recommended.' (Books Ireland)

About the Author

Born in Dublin in 1956 and brought up in Goatstown, Marita went to school at the Convent of the Sacred Heart, Mount Anville, later working in the family business, the bank, and a travel agency. In 1977 she married James McKenna and they have four children, Amanda, Laura, Fiona and James. They live in the Stillorgan area of Dublin.

Marita was always fascinated by the Famine period in Irish history and read everything available on the subject. When she heard a radio report of an unmarked children's grave from the Famine period being found under a hawthorn tree, she decided to write her first book, Under the Hawthorn Tree.

Published in May 1990, the book was an immediate success and has been reprinted many times. It remained in the Irish Bestseller List for over two years. As well as being hugely popular in Ireland, Under The Hawthorn Tree also sold to Puffin in Britain and Holiday House in America; it has been translated into French, Dutch, German, Danish, Swedish, Italian, Japanese and Irish. The book has been read on RTÉ Radio and is very popular in schools, both with teachers and pupils, and Marita is the most requested author for school readings. It has been made a supplementary curriculum reader in many schools and is also used by schools in Northern Ireland for EMU (Education through Mutual Understanding) projects.

Under the Hawthorn Tree has been filmed for RTÉ and Channel 4, screened as a four-part series by Channel 4 in March 1999.

Marita went on to write several more books for children which were also very well received. The Blue Horse reached No. 1 on the Bestseller List and in 1993 won the BISTO BOOK OF THE YEAR Award. No Goodbye tells of the heartbreak of a young family when their mother leaves home. It was recommended by Book Trust in their guide for One Parent Families. Safe Harbour is the story of two English children evacuated from London during World War ll to live with their grandfather in Greystones, Co Wicklow. It was shortlisted for the BISTO Book of the Year Award, 1995. Marita's first foray into the world of fantasy, In Deep Dark Wood, was a huge success. A strange new neighbour spirits Mia to a land of legend, and her brother Rory faces dragons and danger to rescue her in this story of wonder and magic.

Marita has won several awards, including the International Reading Association Award, the Osterreichischer Kinder und Jugendbuchpreis, the Reading Association of Ireland Award and the Bisto Book of the Year Award.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3298 KB
  • Print Length: 173 pages
  • Publisher: The O'Brien Press (1 Aug. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847176011
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847176011
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #54,997 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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This is the second in a trilogy of books by Marita Conlon McKenna who is an absolutely amazing author! The three books are Irish historical fiction set in the times of the Potato Famine, on Eily, Peggy and Michael, the three children of a famine stricken family. This particular book focuses in on Peggy, the middle child, who decides to emigrate to America. It is a terryfying and depressing journey which causes this book to be about courage, independance and adventure, especially when we read about her life in America. The feelings fron the beginning to the end are so strong that you have to read it to believe it. I adored this book so much but better still, read the whole series because I am sure that many people will agree with me that these three books deserve all the awards they have received!
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Enjoyable way for kids to pick up on some of the key feelings and experiences of emmigration - an ongoing part of Irish history. Through the eyes of a young woman they see and feel some of the hardships and lonliness and also the courage and support needed as people establish new lives for themselves away from home.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great read - want more.... 27 April 2014
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Great read. 2nd in the trilogy. Great writer who i thoroughly enjoy. But dissapointing ending - leave the book wanting more!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reading 27 Feb. 2010
This book was reccomended to me to read by my 12 yr old daughter, i read it in 1 go and the same with the other 2 in the series, fab book i loved it
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wildflower Girl-A book you can't put down 15 July 2000
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This is the second book in the bestselling Children of the Famine trilogy. After surviving the Irish Famine Peggy is the determined to make a new life for herself so she sets off alone across the Atlantic to America. What kind of life will she find there and will she ever see her family again?This a book no person can be without. Don't forget to read the other two books "Under the Hawthorn Tree" and "Fields of Home".
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