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Maggie's Door by Patricia Reilly Giff
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Maggie's Door

by Patricia Reilly Giff

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This is a wonderful book for young people to read. It entails the journey of a young girl who leaves Ireland during the potato famine and travels to America (Brooklyn, NY) to be with the rest of her family. She tells about her sojourn to get to the vessel that will be taking her and her little brother and granda. She talks about the difficult living conditions on the ship, and the death of her granda (grandfather). She tells about how they finally made it to Brooklyn and she makes it to Maggie's Door (Maggie is her sister) and she and her little brother Patch are finally reunited with the rest of her family. ( )
  dorthys | Mar 6, 2015 |
One of a series of three which take place beginning with the potatoe famine in Ireland; follows the family through three generations. Tremendous story of courage, based on real events, and very uplifting ... one foot in front of the other.
  kathleenandrews | Dec 12, 2011 |
Horn Book Guide 4/1/2004
At the end of Nory Ryan's Song, Nory is trying to meet up with her family so they can all sail to America. This book alternates between the story of Nory's journey and that of her friend Sean, traveling with Nory's little brother. Giff uses vivid language and precisely detailed observation to convey experience and emotion. Nory and Sean's trip, complete by story's end, is just the beginning of a new and different type of journey. Copyright 2004 of The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.
  AConiff | Jul 19, 2011 |
This is the sequel to Nory Ryan's Song, which depicts Nory and her family traveling to America in hopes of a better life. There is a third book in the series as well, depicting life once they reach America.

When the last book left off, the Irish Famine was beginning. Now, Nory and her family have been split up on their way out of Ireland. They find spots on one of the dangerous coffin boats going to New York, where they hope to find food, work, and the rest of their family.

It's an epic adventure, and based on what I have from other research, an accurate representation of what happened during these types of voyages. ( )
  mrn945 | May 16, 2011 |
Tells the story of Nory Ryan and her neighbor Sean who try and make it to America for hope for the future. It takes place after Ireland's Black Potato crisis and both character's are struggling first to get to a ship to take them to America and then they struggle through the bad seas and famine in the ship to finally arrive at their families door step in Brooklyn, NY. The novel has a very slow start and is very depressing. I became very interested in the time period and the history behind the flights to America. It's a good History lesson and can make children feel very grateful for all they have. ( )
  jscheper | Nov 4, 2009 |
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416 Smith Street, Brooklyn, America: this is the ultimate goal for Nory Ryan as she flees her famine-ridden home in mid-1800s Ireland. One by one, her family has departed for a new life in America; Nory is the last to go. Keeping her sister Maggie’s address close to her heart, Nory embarks on the perilous, heart-breaking journey to Galway and onward. Meanwhile, her friend Sean Red Mallon is just a few days ahead, traveling with his mother and Nory’s little brother, Patch, with the same destination in mind. Picking up where Nory Ryan’s Song leaves off, award-winning author Patricia Reilly Giff’s historical novel tells, in alternating voices, Nory and Sean’s stories. Readers will be engrossed in the series of dramatic events, as well as the grueling day-by-day struggle, as the protagonists suffer injuries, thievery, separations, and horrific sea passages. The very real tragedy of the Irish potato famine and the subsequent exodus from that country is brought to life in a fictional account that will make a profound, lasting mark on the memories of young readers. (Ages 9 to 12) --Emilie Coulter

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In the mid-1800s, Nory and her neighbor and friend, Sean, set out separately on a dangerous journey from famine-plagued Ireland, hoping to reach a better life in America.

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