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    Under the Hawthorn Tree: Children of the Famine (Paperback) By (author) Marita Conlon-McKenna, Illustrated by Donald Teskey, Cover design or artwork by P. J. Lynch

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    DescriptionThe first book in the famine trilogy Under the Hawthorn Tree is Ireland's top selling children's book. The phenomenal success of this original and enthralling book is celebrated with this beautiful hardback gift edition. This novel has become a classic for young readers worldwide. Under the Hawthorn Tree continues to go from strength to strength and this new edition is a must for any collection. Ireland in the 1840s is devastated by famine. When tragedy strikes their family, Eily, Michael and Peggy are left to fend for themselves. Starving and in danger of the dreaded workhouse, they escape. Their one hope is to find the great aunts they have heard about in their mother's stories.With tremendous courage they set out on a journey that will test every reserve of strength, love and loyalty they possess.


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    Title
    Under the Hawthorn Tree
    Subtitle
    Children of the Famine
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Marita Conlon-McKenna, Illustrated by Donald Teskey, Cover design or artwork by P. J. Lynch
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 160
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 12 mm
    Weight: 125 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780862782061
    ISBN 10: 0862782066
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: Y2.1
    DC21: 823.914
    BIC E4L: F7+
    BIC reading level and special interest qualifier V2: 5AJ
    BIC subject category V2: YFT
    BIC children’s book marketing category: D3N79
    BIC E4L: HIS
    Libri: B-128
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 22500
    Libri: B-129
    BISAC V2.8: JUV000000
    BIC subject category V2: 5AJ
    Obrien Categories: 23, 20, T11, T9, T13, T90, T108
    Thema V1.0: YFT
    Illustrations note
    17 black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    O'Brien Press Ltd
    Imprint name
    O'Brien Press Ltd
    Publication date
    01 July 2001
    Publication City/Country
    Dublin
    Author Information
    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. She has four children with her husband James, and 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 become a classic. It has been translated into over a dozen languages, including Arabic, Bahasa, French, Dutch, German, Swedish, Italian, Japanese and Irish. The book has been read on RTE Radio and is very popular in schools, both with teachers and pupils. 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. It was also filmed by Young Irish Film Makers, in association with RTE and Channel 4. This is available as a DVD. Marita has written more books for children which were also very well received. The Blue Horse reached No. 1 on the Bestseller List and won the BISTO BOOK OF THE YEAR Award. No Goodbye, which tells of the heartbreak of a young family when their mother leaves home, 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 and was shortlisted for the BISTO Book of the Year Award. A Girl Called Blue follows the life of an orphan, trying to find who she really is in a cold and strict orphanage. Marita has also explored the world of fantasy with her book In Deep Dark Wood. 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.
    Review quote
    makes a whole part of our history come alive, while it still remains a thrilling adventure tale. -- RTE Guide RTE Guide the powerful story of the survival of three children, alone, and against the odds. -- Publishing News Marita Conlon-Mckenna handles this appalling event in Irish history sensitively but never compromising the truth of hardship and human suffering. -- Jane Murphy - writeaway.org.uk (A) vivid picture of the Famine era ... fascinating and terrifying -- Evening Echo A great survival saga -- The Irish Independent makes a whole part of our history come alive, while it still remains a thrilling adventure tale. -- RTE Guide A sublime story ... I don't know any child who will not find this book enthralling. -- The Irish Times ... beautiful and moving ... historically true and fictionally vivid. -- The Sunday Times The Great Irish Famine of the 1840s has received more fictional treatment than almost any other period in Irish historical children's books. Writing about the Famine posed new challenges to writers for children. The traditional passivity linked to ideas about famine would need to be overcome by some kind of action. The intense and horrible suffering and disease would need to be confronted truthfully but without lurid sensationalism. Some sense of an ending would need to be provided. In Under the Hawthorn Tree, Marita Conlon-McKenna confronted these problems with honesty and simplicity: the plight of three children becomes a kind of pilgrimage. The search for survival is not merely that, but also a search to sustain family loyalty and preserve memory. -- The Big Guide to Irish Children's Books Brings the story of the Irish Famine thrillingly alive. -- The Irish Post her books never shy away from difficult issues, gripping you from the very opening chapter -- The Looking Glass The Children of the Famine trilogy ... continues to not only educate Irish children about their history, but enable people to truly connect with what happened -- The Looking Glass vividly brings history to life for its readers ... a hugely involving tale -- Mad About Books