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A Boy from Ireland

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A fast-paced historical novel about an Irish immigrant boy who triumphs over prejudice handed down for generations.

Liam's English father disappeared years ago. Now, at age fourteen, Liam is sent to Connemara, Ireland, to live with his uncle, a fierce patriot who holds England accountable for famines and all that the Irish suffered under her rule. Uncle Patrick despises Liam for his English blood. So do the Connemara boys who torment and bully him. Before long, Liam is ensnared in a centuries-old battle.

To raise money for the republican cause, Uncle Patrick goes to New York, taking Liam along. Liam imagines he will find his father there and be free. As he travels harsh Hell's Kitchen's streets in the horse-drawn wagon of the black man who hires him, Liam discovers that violence breeds violence in this new world as it did in the old one. Irish and English, blacks and whites, and even horse and man are drawn into a destructive whirlwind. Living with the uncle who hates him, still pursued relentlessly by a Connemara boy, desperately seeking his father, Liam is drawn in, too.

Liam longs to escape. With no one to turn to, he has to save himself.

A Boy from Ireland links racial and national conflicts to those faced by any young adult, raising issues that are especially relevant today.

Synopsis:

From the author of "Streets of Gold" comes a fast-paced story of Irish history and immigrant life in turn-of-the-century New York--and of a boy who triumphs over prejudice handed down for generations.

About the Author

Marie Raphael is the author of the novel Streets of Gold (Persea Books, 2001). She has been a teacher in middle school, high school, and college, most recently at Humboldt State University. She lives in Redway, California.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780892553310
Author:
Raphael, Marie
Publisher:
Persea Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
People & Places - United States - Other
Subject:
Social Issues - Emigration & Immigration
Subject:
Social Issues - Prejudice & Racism
Subject:
Social Issues - Violence
Subject:
Ethnic - Other
Subject:
Prejudices
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Immigrants
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Emigration and Immigration
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction-U.S. 19th Century
Series:
Karen and Michael Braziller Books
Publication Date:
20070931
Binding:
Hardcover
Grade Level:
Young adult
Language:
English
Pages:
217
Dimensions:
8.50x5.82x.80 in. .79 lbs.
Age Level:
13-17

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