More books for 9 - 12 year olds. The classic story of three Irish children fighting for survival in the Great Famine. Can their struggle possibly have a happy ending? When their parents vanish and they are evicted from their home, Eily, Michael and little Peggy are left to fend for themselves. They have nothing in the world other than their courage and one another. O'Brien Press Ltd. This really spoke to me.
Its really sad but amazing. Menu Browse. Account actions Log in or Register. Basket 0 items. Enlarge cover. This item has 5 stars of a maximum 5. I was in fourth class when our teacher first read this to us. I fell in love. From there I bough all three books and read them myself. To this day I can still remember reading these books, and this book was what got me hooked. It's my favourite in the trilogy. The book is based in the time of the great famine of Ireland. It's about three kids who fight for their lives and are determined to find their relatives.
For a children's book it has a lot of tra This is one of the books from my childhood. For a children's book it has a lot of tragedy. The saddest scene for me view spoiler [was when baby Bridget died. It takes some time at a young age to read through everything.
We see sickness, death and survival shown in this book. We meet new characters, but they never stay. It's always about the three protagonists. And their individual paths in life. I adored this book and all three characters, though Eily was my favourite. She had the big sister vibe that I loved. Of course they are all kids in this. You might not expect a HEA. The way everything works out is happy. It showed the courage the kids had. They made the long journey and survived. It wasn't a thing that you could say for sure in the beginning. It's written in a time that Ireland was full of death.
It's one of those times you learn about in Ireland and this book, though not educational, is good to read during that part of your education. Under the Hawthorn Tree is not just for kids. It's not just for Irish people. This book is for anyone who would like a story that has that hint of adventure and tragedy to it. The book is a lovely read and I believe it's why they are so popular in Ireland.
McKenna did a wonderful job delivering a beautiful story. Highly recommended read! Sep 07, Josephine Jo rated it liked it Shelves: books-i-own , on-goodreads , historical-fiction , young-adult , irish. This is a touching story of the tragic effect of the potato famine in Ireland in A family is torn apart in an attempt to survive, the people of that era lived through hell. Parents watched their babies waste away and if they did not starve then they were at risk of dying from the dreadful fever.
They face such perils as they fight to stay alive in a land where everyone seems to be This is a touching story of the tragic effect of the potato famine in Ireland in They face such perils as they fight to stay alive in a land where everyone seems to be dead or like walking dead.
This is an idea introduction to this period in Irish history. View all 5 comments. Aug 06, Connie rated it it was amazing Shelves: read-in , favorites , series-finished , owned , brcmmc Source: I own this book.
Cost: 50p in a charity shop Title: Under the Hawthorne Tree Series: Children of the Famine 1 Author: Marita Conlon-McKenna Overall Rating: 5 stars I remember reading this book in primary school, and it's one of those books that have stayed with me ever since, the author presents the famine to children in a way that they'll understand, through children's eyes, and growing up in Northern Ireland, the famine was something we always learned about but never understand.
And thankfully, never experienced. As I've gotten older, I obviously understand it a lot more than I used too, but this book sparked an interest for me. It broke my heart and I hoped for the best for Eily, Michael and Peggy when the famine ended. I remember that I wanted to read the rest of the series, but I can't remember if I ever did Jul 18, Ciara rated it it was amazing.
After recommending this book to Ashley, I realised I hadn't added this book as 'read,' and I've read it 3 times :P before the end of the summer I will re-read and review it, but for now here's a five star rating! YA historical fiction, easy read. The O'Driscoll family are land tenants, when crops fails the father is forced to seek work away from home. After the death of an infant and facing starvation, the mother decides to temporarily leave the house and the three remaining children to search for him.
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Soon after, the family is evicted from their cabin and the children find themselves homeless and alone. They start a long and perilous journey on foot in search of some distant relatives who might help. Th YA historical fiction, easy read. Good source of information about the potato blight and great famine in Ireland where an estimated one million people died by sickness and mass starvation.
Sep 17, Maeve Harrison rated it really liked it. The three children are faced with great heart ache and suffering during the devestation of the Famine. They have lost their father and also their sister Bridget. The children must travel to Castletaggert to their great aunts who they hope will provide them with food shelter and safety. The journey to Castletaggert is not an easy one but their only other option is to be taken into the workhouse which is something they cannot face as it will mean their seperation. There is constant hardship for the children throughout the book and you can really empathise with them and try to imagine how you would feel if you were in their position.
The children show courage and optimism despite their constant suffering. I feel this book would be great for children aged depending on their level of reading and I think they would benefit from the story because it gives a fantastic depiction, through the eyes of the children, of Ireland during the devestation of the famine and all the suffering the people went through.
There is a lot of sombre themes in this book but it does end on a positive note with the children making it to their aunts house and finding solace now that they have somewhere to call home again. Sep 02, William O rated it really liked it. This is a book a lot of Irish people will probably have read in school. The author Marita Conlon-McKenna excellently portrays the feelings and hardship the famine brought to the three central characters, the O Driscoll children. Not only is it a very interesting read but the detail and description of the times would also give the children a sense of history of what it was like during the famine.
The O Driscoll's face many problems and set-backs and the children are likely to engage with Eily, Mi This is a book a lot of Irish people will probably have read in school. The O Driscoll's face many problems and set-backs and the children are likely to engage with Eily, Michael and Peggy. All three have different characteristics which will appeal to both both and girls making a good classroom read. Eily is the oldest of three children and acts as a mother figure to the other two. She is only twelve years of age but incredibly mature and this is seen through many of her decisions throughout the book.
She has continuous hope and an unwillingness to give up. Michael, the only male in the family is a brave and fearful young boy. Like Eily he shows great courage and strength as the three siblings fight against famine and the troubles it brings Nov 15, Sean Doheny rated it it was amazing.
I think it was a really good book because I thought it was very interesting and it was very moving. I'm really looking forward to the next book. Sep 05, Jason rated it it was amazing.
Incredible story, sorrow fills your heart as you read the harrowing story of 3 children who had no choice but to leave their home in search of their distant relatives to survive during the famine in Ireland. Overall a recommended read for all, liked also a Incredible story, sorrow fills your heart as you read the harrowing story of 3 children who had no choice but to leave their home in search of their distant relatives to survive during the famine in Ireland. Overall a recommended read for all, liked also at the end the little bit about the famine.
Jan 22, Jennifer rated it liked it Shelves: fiction , irish , audio-book , historical-fiction. This is in the tradition of children going on a journey through difficult times to find safety. Sep 13, Katelyn rated it it was amazing. My teacher read my class this book a long time ago, it's still one I think about now.
A beautiful heartwrenching book that takes place in ireland during the famine, definitely a must read! Mar 02, Sddkzbk rated it it was amazing. Best book ever written by an Irishman I read this in one day because the story just carried me along like a mighty river. My grandfather's grandmother came to the USA from Ireland in the late 's and she had lived through the very events this book describes.
Imagine yourself as a 12 year old child, living in a tiny cottage with your parents. Your father has gone away during the potato famine to try to find work, leaving you , your mother,and your younger brother and sisters to fend for yourselves in the rural countryside with no I read this in one day because the story just carried me along like a mighty river. Your father has gone away during the potato famine to try to find work, leaving you , your mother,and your younger brother and sisters to fend for yourselves in the rural countryside with no money and no crops.
Imagine that your baby sister dies of the fever that is killing off the people of the area, your mother leaves to look for your dad, and since the lord of the manor that owns the land you are living on is leaving for England for this comfort and safety of his family, they are going to ship you off to a dirty, diseased workhouse. This was what happened to Eily in 's Ireland. She takes off on the road with younger brother Michael and younger sister Peggy and there are many horrors to face including Michael's leg becoming infected, Peggy's bout with sickness after a pack of dogs attack her, and having to eat rats and other disgusting food to survive.
Their goal is to reach the town of Castletaggart where their mother's aunts Lena and Nano live. They once doted on the children's mother and had decided to stay single and run a sweet shop in town. It takes over a month and there is always the burning question- are the old aunts even alive and will they welcome or drive away the 3 desperate children.
I like stories with strong female characters who face reality in an intelligent way instead of like those ridiculous movies with girls running in the swamp in heels, always falling down, and screaming and whining. This is so much better than The Hunger Games which covers the same topic of hunger but is just nasty,ugly and brutish. Oct 03, Kyran rated it really liked it. The book, Under the Hawthorn Tree, is a gripping tale of childhood bravery during one of the saddest times in Irish history.
While reading this novel, you can almost visualise how people survived during this depressing time because the descriptions are so realistic. It's an extremely moving book and easy to relate to. The author, Marit The book, Under the Hawthorn Tree, is a gripping tale of childhood bravery during one of the saddest times in Irish history.
The author, Marita Conlon-McKenna, appeals to all our senses in her descriptions and students could easily paint a picture in their heads of how things really were. The plot involves three Irish children trying to survive, with no parents to take care of them. We are led on a journey which involves harrowing challenges but also highlights human survival skills against all the odds. The eldest of the three children, Eily, is the main protagonist and takes on a maternal role throughout the book.
The author aptly describes their courage while making their journey to Castletaggart. Without giving away the ending, their ultimate goal is to find their great aunts, Nano and Lena and finally be safe and secure from the dreaded famine. The book would be quite suitable for KS2 children as it is an engrossing read and is part of our history in Ireland.
Aug 28, Paul Mcgoldrick rated it really liked it. The story is told through the eyes of the three young children Eily, Michael and Peggy. The book follows these three children on their journey to Castletaggert to meet their great aunts, were food and shelter waits. Before making the long journey to Castletaggert, they went to the Hawthorn tree were Bridget, their sister was buried. Once under the tree a feeling of peace swept over them. Surely this was a sign from Bridget that everything would be okay.
Along the way they talk about happier times when they had food. Food was getting scarce and this worried the children as Bridget had died of illness. On the journey the children had to fend for themselves. They brought a small amount of food. The children show great bravery along the way and they encounter many problems.
Eventually the children get to Castletaggert and are cared for by their great aunts. I think this is a great read for children as it is told through Eily, Michael and Peggy. Children will be able to relate and put themselves in the shoes of the children. These children were only seven, ten and twelve. I would recommend this book to be read for year six and seven. May 10, Aine added it. Under The Hawthorn Tree by Marita Conlon-McKenna is a gripping story of three young siblings who try to survive in Ireland during the time of the famine.
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It tells the story of their journey to their relatives to fine food and safety. Times were hard and one year on from the beginning of the famine people were starting to suffer greatly. They had already suffered one loss in the family, with the death of their sister Bridget. They had lost their father to work on the roads and their mother had se Under The Hawthorn Tree by Marita Conlon-McKenna is a gripping story of three young siblings who try to survive in Ireland during the time of the famine.