Greener grass : the famine years

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Calgary : Red Deer Press, 2008.
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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.

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

Red Maple Book Award nominee 2010

Rocky Mountain Book Award Shortlist, 2011

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088995402X, 9780889954021
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Pignat, C. (2008). Greener grass: the famine years. Calgary: Red Deer Press.

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Pignat, Caroline. 2008. Greener Grass: The Famine Years. Calgary: Red Deer Press.

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Pignat, Caroline, Greener Grass: The Famine Years. Calgary: Red Deer Press, 2008.

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Pignat, Caroline. Greener Grass: The Famine Years. Calgary: Red Deer Press, 2008. Print.

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