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The Great Irish Famine of 1845–51 was caused by the repeated failure of the potato crop, Irelands staple food. It devastated the population, causing one million people to starve to death and forcing another million to emigrate to America and Australia. Esty's Gold tells the story of one family that is forever changed as a result of the famine. Estys childhood world is shattered when her father is killed defending starving Irish peasants. Suddenly forced to leave home and work as a maid, it is only the dream of gold and a better life in Australia that keeps her going. With stubborn determination, she gets her family to the goldfields of Ballarat. There, harsh conditions, deceit, and rebellion threaten to thwart them . . . but nothing is going to destroy Estys dream. This gripping adventure story by an award-winning Irish writer tells a timeless tale of hope and courage.

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hipwatermama, December 20, 2010 (view all comments by hipwatermama)
I found this book while searching for middle reader novels that represent a global perspective. Esty's Gold is just that. Opening in Ireland during the potato famine, Esty's father is a middleman for the landowner Lord who lives in Britain. He will not force his fellow farmers to leave after they have sold all their animals and have no means to pay the land fees, and he is pressured to do so, resulting in his death. Unable to stay in their house on the estate, Esty's mother is forced to make the hard decision to send Esty to be a maidservant for the miller's wife. Uncomfortable with the situation, Esty hatches a plan that takes her mother, grandfather and some new friends to Australia in search of gold.
This is a twist in the tale of immigration from Ireland to the United States. The story features a strong and intelligent young girl who is faced with much hardship. There is adventure and action to keep it moving, perfect for upper elementary age readers.
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ISBN:
9781845079659
Author:
Arrigan, Mary
Publisher:
Frances Lincoln Ltd
Subject:
People & Places - Australia & Oceania
Subject:
Teenage girls
Subject:
Ireland History Famine, 1845-1852.
Subject:
Children s-General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20100531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 5 to 9
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
7.75 x 5.13 in 7.5 oz
Age Level:
11-14

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The Great Irish Famine of 1845–51 was caused by the repeated failure of the potato crop, Irelands staple food. It devastated the population, causing one million people to starve to death and forcing another million to emigrate to America and Australia. Esty's Gold tells the story of one family that is forever changed as a result of the famine. Estys childhood world is shattered when her father is killed defending starving Irish peasants. Suddenly forced to leave home and work as a maid, it is only the dream of gold and a better life in Australia that keeps her going. With stubborn determination, she gets her family to the goldfields of Ballarat. There, harsh conditions, deceit, and rebellion threaten to thwart them . . . but nothing is going to destroy Estys dream. This gripping adventure story by an award-winning Irish writer tells a timeless tale of hope and courage.
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