A slip of a girl /

by Giff, Patricia Reilly [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Holiday House, [2019]Edition: First edition.Description: 234 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.ISBN: 9780823439553; 0823439550.Subject(s): Ireland -- History -- 1837-1901 -- Juvenile fiction | Novels in verse | Ireland -- History -- 1837-1901 -- Fiction | Family life -- Ireland -- Fiction | Children's storiesSummary: "Set during the Irish Land Wars (1879-1882) this novel in verse follows Anna Mallon through a series of tragedies as her mother dies, older sibling immigrate to America, and she and her father and sister with special needs are about to be evicted from their farm"-- Provided by publisher.
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For Anna, the family farm has always been home... But now, things are changing.<br> <br> Anna's mother has died, and her older siblings have emigrated, leaving Anna and her father to care for a young sister with special needs. And though their family has worked this land for years, they're in danger of losing it as poor crop yields leave them without money to pay their rent.<br> <br> When a violent encounter with the Lord's rent collector results in Anna and her father's arrest, all seems lost. But Anna sees her chance and bolts from the jailhouse. On the run, Anna must rely on her own inner strength to protect her sister--and try to find a way to save her family.<br> <br> Written in verse, A Slip of a Girl is a poignant story of adversity, resilience, and self-determination by a master of historical fiction, painting a haunting history of the tensions in the Irish countryside of the early 1890s, and the aftermath of the Great Famine.

"Two-Time Newberry Honor Winner"--Dust jacket.

"Set during the Irish Land Wars (1879-1882) this novel in verse follows Anna Mallon through a series of tragedies as her mother dies, older sibling immigrate to America, and she and her father and sister with special needs are about to be evicted from their farm"-- Provided by publisher.

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Horn Book Review

In late-nineteenth-century Ireland, the Mallon family struggles to stay in their home and farm their landland now controlled by an English earl determined to evict them by raising rents and taxes. With her dying words, Mam entrusts her eldest daughter, Anna, to care for her sister Nuala (slow to speak, / slow to understand), their house, and the land. Helpless, hungry, and angry, Anna throws a rock at the earls manor house, breaks a window, and is arrested. She escapes, grabs Nuala, and travels for miles to find sanctuary with an aunt. Along the way, they encounter others evicted from their homes and desperate to survive. Through spare, elegant verse, Anna relates her struggles with the English, showing her humiliation (They drag us down, and push our faces into the mud. / Were trussed up / like spring lambs, / and shoved into their cart) and her resolve (The soldiers try to march / through us. / They point their bayonets. / But we stand firm). Giff employs small incidents, such as the carding of wool or Annas rationing potatoes, to create a substantial setting, while archival photographs sprinkled throughout link these moments to the conditions of the larger community and history. Appended with a glossary and an authors note describing Giffs Irish lineage. Betty Carter January/February 2020 p.88(c) Copyright 2020. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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