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Bridie's Fire by Kirsty Murray

Bridie's Fire (2003)

by Kirsty Murray

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Begins in Ireland in 1840s. Bride loses her father, mother and baby brother to the great potato famine. Then she & her remaining brother are separated in the terrible Workhouse. Finally she emigrates to Australia where she pretends she is a boy after enduring the advances of her new mistresses’ husband. She & her friend Gilbert run away to the goldfields and she dreams of bringing her brother to Australia. Finally she becomes part of a troop of actors because she can sew very well. p.24-26 ‘hands’ and thenp.30 ‘as they..’ to bay’.The hunger catches up with the family.
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This sweeping historical novel for young adults documents the adventures of Bridie, an orphaned Irish teenager who escapes the potato famine that claimed the lives of her parents and baby brother. Independent and stubborn, Bridie makes a new life for herself in the rough-and-tumble world of Austalia during the nineteenth-century gold rush. Her adventures with miners, other migrants, and even a traveling theater troupe paint a vivid picture of early life in Melbourne. Bridie's resilience and courage make her a compelling heroine for teenage readers and her heartwarming story will engage them in the vivid historical setting.

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Bridie's world is torn apart when her parents and baby brother die in the Irish Potato Famine. She leaves Ireland, and strikes out alone to claim a life for herself in Australia on the other side of the world. Story based on historical facts and the first novel in a series of four. Suggested level: intermediate, junior secondary.… (more)

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