WILD GEESE by Caroline Pignat


Age Range: 10 - 14
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In Greener Grass (2009), Pignat introduced readers to the plight of 15-year-old Kit as she suffered the horrifying consequences of the 1847 Irish famine. This sequel takes up days after the previous work ended and, like its predecessor, is narrated by its protagonist. Kit, pursued as a criminal, has safely made it on board an immigrant “coffin” ship bound for Canada, disguised as a boy and accompanied by Mick, her best friend. Along the way, with historically gritty authenticity, she encounters a lethal fever, near-starvation conditions and terrifying storms, while she desperately worries about her family, who sailed away before her. When she finally reaches Canada, there is more disease and separation as Kit struggles to find her way in a strange, often bleak new world. Although this title can stand alone, reading the first book will certainly enhance understanding of this harrowing, realistic look at the immigrant Irish experience. Actual relief workers of the era play important roles, and an author’s note offers more information about them and some of the places Kit visits on her journey. (Historical fiction. 10-14)
Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-88995-432-8
Page count: 280pp
Publisher: Red Deer Press
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2010


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