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Greener Grass

Greener Grass

Book - 2008
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The Byrne family is strong, but are being tested everyday as life becomes more and more desperate in 19th century rural Ireland, forcing the family to leave their homeland.
Publisher: Calgary : Red Deer Press, c2008.
ISBN: 9780889954021
Branch Call Number: FIC Pigna
Characteristics: 276 p.


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Suitable for ages 12 and up.

samdog123 Dec 16, 2009

I really enjoyed this book and the author is one whose titles I'll look for again. Kit's family stuggles to make it through the potato famine of Ireland in the 1840's. Through it all, they maintain their family ties. Kit makes some difficult decisions for the good of her family. Another book ... Read More »

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Jul 10, 2016

This story is fiction, but its real value lies in the awareness it strives to bring to a time in history of which few people have heard. The plight of the Irish people during the Famine of the early 19th century is not only devastating on a local scale, but also immensely significant to Canada's makeup today. Caroline Pignat reveals through both narrative and historical writing why thousands of Irish fled their country to become some of Canada's earliest and most numerous immigrants, whose descendants are multi-generation Canadians today. Readers can expect a fairly simple plot and functional character base, but it's all held up by the unique and important setting of which everyone should learn.

Aug 08, 2014

great book! I learned a lot of things from this book

Apr 21, 2014

Great Book!! Sad at some points. Like REALY sad.

Apr 19, 2012

I enjoyed this book so much. Caroline Pignat is very readable, and makes you feel the pain of the Irish famine. Could hardly wait to read her sequel Wild Geese.

Mar 19, 2012

This is a really interesting book, I learned a lot about history in Ireland that I didn't know. Definately a good read. There are two more in the series : Wild Geese and Timber Wolf

Feb 12, 2012

I've actually met the author and read the third book, Timber Wolf. She autographed it for me and did a bit of a speech at my school :) It was so cool when she talked to me and stuff!

Mar 23, 2011

I didn't like the ending or the beginning.

Jul 13, 2010

What if you wake up tomorrow and there is nothing to eat? Not only no left-over pizza or fried chicken in the fridge. That’s true enough. But there’s no milk either—and no cereal in the cupboard, no turnips or onions in the veggie bin, nothing waiting to be defrosted in the freezer... What would you do?

In "Greener Grass" we find out what the families of Ireland did in the face of hunger in 1846. That's when the Grey Man came in the night and rotted all the potatoes in their fields. Without their crops, these people had nothing to eat at all. Starvation and illness marched in the wake of the dreaded potato blight.

How DID they survive? "Greener Grass" shows how hope inspires people in the face of the worst odds. This moving tale brings the past to life. From Caroline’s vivid pen flows a message: with a little faith, we can find a way. First book of a trilogy.

May 09, 2010

i love this book! it is sssooo good! Mrs. Pignat is amazing!

322455148 Apr 22, 2010

Greener Grass was a amazing book. It was very informing and I learned a lot of history I didn't know.

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Apr 21, 2014

LBT thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over


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Apr 21, 2014

An amazing story about a 14 year old girl and her Irish family during the time of the Irish potato famine.


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May 26, 2012

Other: When Kit's house was set on fire by the Lynch bros.


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