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Black Potatoes: The Story of the Great Irish Famine, 1845-1850

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The award-winning author pens a fascinating account of the potato blight thatstruck in Ireland, telling the story of the men, women, and children who madeevery attempt to survive and hang on to hope.

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In 1845, a disaster struck Ireland. Overnight, a mysterious blight attacked the potato crops, turning the potatoes black and destroying the only real food of nearly six million people.

Over the next five years, the blight attacked again and again. These years are known today as the Great Irish Famine, a time when one million people died from starvation and disease and two million more fled their homeland.

Black Potatoes is the compelling story of men, women, and children who defied landlords and searched empty fields for scraps of harvested vegetables and edible weeds to eat, who walked several miles each day to hard-labor jobs for meager wages and to reach soup kitchens, and who committed crimes just to be sent to jail, where they were assured of a meal. Its the story of children and adults who suffered from starvation, disease, and the loss of family and friends, as well as those who died. Illustrated with black and white engravings, its also the story of the heroes among the Irish people and how they held on to hope.

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A former 8th-grade English teacher, Susan Campbell Bartoletti writes fictionand nonfiction for all ages. Black Potatoes is the winner of the ALA SibertAward for Best Information book, the NCTE Orbis Pictus Award forDistinguished Nonfiction, and the SCBWI Golden Kite Nonfiction award. Shelives with her family in Moscow, PA.

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DogFish, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by DogFish)
A superb outline of Ireland's Great Famine: well written, clear, concise, with wonderful illustrations. "Black Potatoes" is not just for middle grade and young adult readers, but a perfect book for anyone researching the famine, especially if you're new to the subject. Bartoletti does a superb job of conveying the horror, tragedy, and massive scope of the Potato Famine of the 1800s without taking sides or pointing fingers.

Highly recommended not only to anyone interested in learning more about this often overlooked catastrophe in recent history, but also anyone of Irish ancestry hoping for a glimpse into their great-great-grandparents' past.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780618548835
Author:
Bartoletti, Susan Ca
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin
Author:
Bartoletti, Susan Campbell
Location:
Boston
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Ireland
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - History - General
Subject:
History - Europe
Subject:
Ireland History Famine, 1845-1852.
Subject:
Children s Nonfiction-World History
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
May 2005
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 5 to 9
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
9.0 x 7.5 in
Age Level:
10-14

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In 1845, a disaster struck Ireland. Overnight, a mysterious blight attacked the potato crops, turning the potatoes black and destroying the only real food of nearly six million people.

Over the next five years, the blight attacked again and again. These years are known today as the Great Irish Famine, a time when one million people died from starvation and disease and two million more fled their homeland.

Black Potatoes is the compelling story of men, women, and children who defied landlords and searched empty fields for scraps of harvested vegetables and edible weeds to eat, who walked several miles each day to hard-labor jobs for meager wages and to reach soup kitchens, and who committed crimes just to be sent to jail, where they were assured of a meal. Its the story of children and adults who suffered from starvation, disease, and the loss of family and friends, as well as those who died. Illustrated with black and white engravings, its also the story of the heroes among the Irish people and how they held on to hope.

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