Review ~ Greener Grass by Caroline Pignat
REVIEW BY ELLEN DOBBS
Kit Byrne is fourteen and is living a normal life as a labourer’s daughter. She lives in Ireland and the year is 1847. She, along with her father, is the primary moneymaker for her family. She knows she is lucky to have her job at the Big House and feels even luckier that she gets to see Tom Lynch, the middleman’s son, everyday. But the spring is ending, and with its departure her father must go to England for work. Then disaster strikes. The “Gray Man” comes and brings the blight that destroys most of their potato crop. Soon Kit, her brother Jack, sister Annie and newly pregnant mother are thrown into chaos. Ireland struggles with famine and everything depends on where the next meal will come from. As hundreds of people die, and even more leave Ireland altogether, Kit’s life is irrevocably altered.
Before I read this book, I didn’t really know much about the potato famine. I knew it had happened, but I didn’t really realize how extremely hard it was for the people who went through it. Though the characters in this book are fictional their story is incredibly real, and my eyes were really opened as to what they went through. This story is an amazing way to learn more about the famine. I learned things as I read this that I didn’t realize I was learning until afterwards. Greener Grass is written in a way where you learn, but still get to read a story. It was interesting and informational. I vote all history lessons should be like this!
Ellen’s Rating: (5 stars)
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