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Nory Ryan's song, Patricia Reilly Giff

Label
Nory Ryan's song
Title
Nory Ryan's song
Statement of responsibility
Patricia Reilly Giff
Title variation
Nory Ryans song
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
When a terrible blight attacks Ireland's potato crop in 1845, twelve-year-old Nory Ryan's courage and ingenuity help her family and neighbors survive
Storyline
Pace
Tone
Writing style
Character
Award
  • ALA Notable Children's Book, 2001
  • YALSA Best Books for Young Adults, 2001
  • School Library Journal Best Books, 2000.
Review
  • Gr. 4-7. From the first scene on a cliff's edge, the characters in Giff's latest novel balance perilously between survival and loss. Set on the west coast of Ireland during the great famine, the story belongs to 12-year-old Nory, who lives with her grandfather, two sisters, and a small brother in a tiny, earthen-floor home. Like most of their neighbors, the Ryans eke out a subsistence living, but when the potatoes begin to rot, that tenuous stability disintegrates, the family disperses, and Nory is left behind to care for her younger brother. Nory fights against starvation, scaling cliff walls for bird eggs, battling violent townspeople, and making broths with Anna, an aging local herbalist with whom Nory becomes exceptionally close. At the last moment, tickets for America arrive from Nory's father, and she leaves for her new life. The finely paced novel balances the physical and emotional horrors of famine--described in visceral detail--with Nory's courage and intelligence, the love she has for her family, and her close friendship with Sean, a local boy. No notes are provided, so children with some basic historical background will glean the most from the story. But Giff brings the landscape and the cultural particulars of the era vividly to life and creates in Nory a heroine to cheer for. A beautiful, heart-wrenching novel that makes a devastating event understandable. (Reviewed September 15, 2000) -- Gillian Engberg
  • Gr 5-8-Set at the beginning of the Irish Potato Famine in 1845, this survival story is told by lively, 12-year-old Nory Ryan. She shares a small dwelling with her family, hens, and a pig in a subsistence-farming village on the country's west-central coast. They are anxiously awaiting the return of their Da, who has gone to sea to earn money. Their English landlord is evicting tenants who cannot pay rent, forcing them into the streets, and destroying their thatch-roofed huts. Hunger is common before blight destroys the potato crop; with no potatoes, the people face starvation. The Ryans are eager to join the lucky ones who have obtained passage to America. Nory's observations of the land, cliffs, sea, and people in her community are woven with poignant memories and realistic conversations that vividly re-create this tragic period in Ireland's history. The child grows in strength and courage as she seeks food for her family and friends. The fast pace might occasionally force readers to pause and assimilate the details she shares, and to seek out more information. The book opens with a list of Irish words with definitions and pronunciation guide. Today's readers will appreciate this compelling story with a wonderful female protagonist who is spirited and resourceful, and has a song in her heart.-Laura Scott, Baldwin Public Library, Birmingham, MI Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
  • /* Starred Review */ Newbery Medal–winner Giff (Lily's Crossing, 1997, etc.) weaves wisps of history into this wrenching tale of an Irish family sundered by the Great Potato Famine. The three Ryan sisters, their mother dead and their "da" away at sea, are struggling to make ends meet and care for old Granda and three-year-old Patrick, as their predatory English landlord waits for his rent on one side and America's golden promise glitters over the horizon on the other. Heralded by an ominous odor, blight sweeps through the potato fields, wiping out the crops overnight. Through young Nory's eyes, the aptly named Great Hunger is devastatingly real: not only do livestock and grain disappear, but so do shellfish and kelp, and finally even nettles and other weeds. Families are mercilessly driven from their homes, the dead are buried without ceremony, and little Patrick becomes ever thinner and more pitiable. Grasping at a sudden chance, big sister Maggie takes off for America, then Granda and teenage Celia set out for Galway, hoping to meet Da on the docks--leaving Nory to care for Patrick, and for old Anna Donnelly, a neighbor with a tragic past, as well. Nory makes the hardest sacrifice of all when an emigrating family invites her along and she sends Patrick in her place. So grim is the picture Giff draws that readers are likely to be startled by the sudden turnaround at the end, when news of Da's reappearance brings ship's passage for all and the prospect of a happy reunion in New York. Still, Nory's patient, stubborn endurance lights up this tale, and the promise of better times to come is well deserved. Riveting. (Fiction. 11-13) (Kirkus Reviews, June 15, 2000)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
090181
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Giff, Patricia Reilly
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Intended audience
600
Intended audience source
Lexile
LC call number
PZ7.G3626
LC item number
No 2000
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 5
  • 8
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Ireland
  • Ireland
  • Famines
  • Brothers and sisters
  • Survival
  • Ireland
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
Nory Ryan's song, Patricia Reilly Giff
Instantiates
Publication
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
148 p.
Isbn
9780385321419
Lccn
00027690
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780385321419
  • (OCoLC)44089520
Label
Nory Ryan's song, Patricia Reilly Giff
Publication
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
148 p.
Isbn
9780385321419
Lccn
00027690
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780385321419
  • (OCoLC)44089520

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