Wildflower Girl

Wildflower Girl☄ Wildflower Girl PDF / Epub ✓ Author Marita Conlon-McKenna – Heartforum.co.uk Wildflower Girl is the second book in the Children of the Famine trilogy At seven, Peggy made a dangerous journey through Ireland during the Great Famine Now thirteen, she goes on another challenging Wildflower Girl is the second book in the Children of the Famine trilogy At seven, Peggy made a dangerous journey through Ireland during the Great Famine Now thirteen, she goes on another challenging journey, across the Atlantic to America.

Born in Dublin in and brought up in Goatstown, Marita went to school at the Convent of the Sacred Heart, Mount Anville, later working in the family business, the bank, and a travel agency She has four children with her husband James, and they live in the Stillorgan area of DublinMarita was always fascinated by the Famine period in Irish history and read everything available on the subject When she heard a radio report of an unmarked children s grave from the Famine period being found under a hawthorn tree, she decided to write her first book, Under the Hawthorn TreePublished in May , the book was an immediate success and become a classic It has been translated into over a dozen languages, including Arabic, Bahasa, French, Dutch, German, Swedish, Italian, Japanese and Irish The book has been read on RT Radio and is very popular in schools, both with teachers and pupils It has been made a supplementary curriculum reader in many schools and is also used by schools in Northern Ireland for EMU Education through Mutual Understanding projects It was also filmed by Young Irish Film Makers, in association with RT and Channel This is available as a DVDMarita has writtenbooks for children which were also very well received The Blue Horse reached No on the Bestseller List and won the BISTO BOOK OF THE YEAR Award No Goodbye, which tells of the heartbreak of a young family when their mother leaves home, was recommended by Book Trust in their guide for One Parent Families Safe Harbour is the story of two English children evacuated from London during World War ll to live with their grandfather in Greystones, Co Wicklow and was shortlisted for the BISTO Book of the Year Award A Girl Called Blue follows the life of an orphan, trying to find who she really is in a cold and strict orphanage Marita has also explored the world of fantasy with her book In Deep Dark WoodMarita has won several awards, including the International Reading Association Award, the Osterreichischer Kinder und Jugendbuchpreis, the Reading Association of Ireland Award and the Bisto Book of the Year Award.

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  • Paperback
  • Wildflower Girl
  • Marita Conlon-McKenna
  • English
  • 06 June 2019
  • 086278283X

10 thoughts on “Wildflower Girl

  1. Aine Mccarthy says:

    Wildflower Girl , by Marita Conlon McKenna is the much loved sequel to Under the Hawthorn Tree It is set in post famine Ireland a time of hardships, emigration and uncertainty The book begins with Peggy, the central character, receiving news that her and her siblings have been offered a free passage to America Peggy is thrilled, she dreams about the New World where she will make her fortune, but her sister Eily does not share her excitement Eily is anxious about what will become of the f Wildflower Girl , by Marita Conlon McKenna is the much loved sequel to Under the Hawthorn Tree It is set in post famine Ireland a time of hardships, emigration and uncertainty The book begins with Peggy, the central character, receiving news that her and her siblings have been offered a free passage to America Peggy is thrilled, she dreams about the New World where she will make her fortune, but her sister Eily does not share her excitement Eily is anxious about what will become of the family, once upon a time they were separated and she doesn t want this fate to become them again She feels responsible for their elderly aunt who so kindly took them in during the dark days of the Irish Famine Her predicament heightens when the family learn that their rented bakery shop is being sold and so they will all be left homeless Bleakness abounds their little village, there are few jobs and relatively no hope for many of the neighbouring families and so many decide to take up the offer of emigration Eventually Eily reluctantly gives in and tells 14 year old Peggy that she too can go to America Peggy is apprehensive about making the journey alone and feels slightly betrayed by her siblings her brother Michael finds a job locally and Eily decides to marry the man she loves This point in book is heartbreakingly sad, the author captures the thoughts and feelings of the characters excellently and the reader can really empathize with the O Driscoll family and the pain with which impending separation brings The journey across the Atlantic is horrendous Peggy has to endure sea sickness, cabin fever and watch her friends attempt to survive in cramped, over crowded conditions On arriving in America she finds a job immediately and is thrilled at her good fortune However, her new position as a kitchen maid proves to be fardemanding than any work she did for her aunts back in her hometown of Castletaggart She works long hours and at night time longs for the comfort and security of her family Towards the end of the book Peggy s situation brightens somewhat though the book s ending tells us a lot about the feelings of the central character as well as the time that she lived in The book is beautifully written McKenna enchants us into the novel with her lavish descriptions of the Irish countryside and brilliantly portrays the simple lifestyle of the O Driscoll family This book would be suitable for able readers in Year 5 and upwards

  2. Heather says:

    Set seven years after Under the Hawthorn Tree , this books follows the journey of young Peggy as she leaves Ireland and travels to America in search of a better life Throughout the book, Peggy faces many hardships including seasickness, loneliness, homesickness and abuse from horrible employers.Despite Peggy being my least favourite character in the first book, her determination and strength of character quickly won me over and I admired her courage, compassion and determination Once again, a Set seven years after Under the Hawthorn Tree , this books follows the journey of young Peggy as she leaves Ireland and travels to America in search of a better life Throughout the book, Peggy faces many hardships including seasickness, loneliness, homesickness and abuse from horrible employers.Despite Peggy being my least favourite character in the first book, her determination and strength of character quickly won me over and I admired her courage, compassion and determination Once again, a beautifully written book by the author, and now I am off to find the last novel in this terrific trilogy

  3. Aoife says:

    Wildflower Girl is a follow on sequel to Under the Hawthorn Tree and is set seven years after the Great Famine of Ireland which saw the O Driscoll children travelling across the country to reach he safety of their great aunts In Wildflower Girl, another part of Irish history is explore with Peggy travelling alone to America to find work and a better life than one she would lead in Ireland and the small town of Castlehaggart I listened to this on audiobook and can highly recommend the version n Wildflower Girl is a follow on sequel to Under the Hawthorn Tree and is set seven years after the Great Famine of Ireland which saw the O Driscoll children travelling across the country to reach he safety of their great aunts In Wildflower Girl, another part of Irish history is explore with Peggy travelling alone to America to find work and a better life than one she would lead in Ireland and the small town of Castlehaggart I listened to this on audiobook and can highly recommend the version narrated by Caroline Lennon She does a fantastic job telling Peggy s story This book is set in the 1840 50s and shows some of the earlier emigration completed by Irish people to America and this book shows the horror and stress of the journey but again in a way that children can read it and understand It s what I love about these books is that the story is told in a way that s accessible to children but at the same time the importance of the story and its place in Irish history can be understood by young readers.I got oddly emotional with this book when Peggy was on the ship to America, surrounded by other people She was 13 years old and knowing so many young girls and boys like her made this trip with some succeeding in America and others being exploited tugged at my heartstrings It s such a poignant part of Irish history, and it s still something that s effecting the Irish economy today with the young generation uprooting to the US, Australia and Canada on the regular I do love stories with the upstairs downstairs relations in a house such as we saw with Peggy s job as a housemaid I think this one was done really well and didn t hide some of the hardships Peggy had to go through but the simple joys as well

  4. Trisha Harrington says:

    I adored this series, and this book was another beautiful one A lot can be said about these But I will leave it short and sweet These books stayed with me through my childhood and beyond.Highly recommend this

  5. Homeschoolmama says:

    The second in The Children of the Famine series, this book was just as gripping as the first,Under the Hawthorne Tree If I were twelve years old, I think this would be one of my favorite series.

  6. Sallyavena says:

    A good quick read, but never really felt attached to the main character I don t know if the book just moved too fast or the character wasn t really developed, but I never felt like I knew her.

  7. Karen Field says:

    Unfortunately, Goodreads doesn t allow it, but I give this book four and a half stars The sequel to Under the Hawthorne Tree, Wildflower Girl, is told from Peggy s point of view She s the youngest of the three children Seven years have passed, Peggy is now 13 years old, and many Irish have left their country to make a new life elsewhere Eily is to be married, and Michael has found his dream job as a stable boy There are few jobs to be had, and Peggy fears she will always be nothingtha Unfortunately, Goodreads doesn t allow it, but I give this book four and a half stars The sequel to Under the Hawthorne Tree, Wildflower Girl, is told from Peggy s point of view She s the youngest of the three children Seven years have passed, Peggy is now 13 years old, and many Irish have left their country to make a new life elsewhere Eily is to be married, and Michael has found his dream job as a stable boy There are few jobs to be had, and Peggy fears she will always be nothingthan a helper for her older sister, Eily So when the opportunity arrives to go to America, Peggy is keen, but her siblings are not She wins the argument and goes on her own.The book tells the story of hope, dreams, hardship and mistreatment The story moves fast and gives a good account of the travel by ship from Ireland to Boston Once in America, Peggy is on her own and must find a way to support herself Again, I cannot imagine anyone her age starting an adventure of this kind I would be terrified the entire time But, the thing is, young people of that time did emigrate to another country.Recommended

  8. Sinéad O& says:

    A beautiful sequel about trust and finding yourself, I fell in love with the characters and the story I think this is my favorite book in the series For those of you who didn t know, this trilogy takes place between the years of 1845 and 1852 The potato crops in Ireland fail The country ends up suffering and searching for food Ireland was owned by England, so the Irish were very poor People started loosing their lands, loosing jobs It was important to me to learn about this part of histo A beautiful sequel about trust and finding yourself, I fell in love with the characters and the story I think this is my favorite book in the series For those of you who didn t know, this trilogy takes place between the years of 1845 and 1852 The potato crops in Ireland fail The country ends up suffering and searching for food Ireland was owned by England, so the Irish were very poor People started loosing their lands, loosing jobs It was important to me to learn about this part of history I read this when I was 10, where I took everything for granted, so it was important for me to read this and be grateful for what I have

  9. Jordin says:

    Another great read I enjoyed all of the detail and characters Peggy is wonderful I m ready for the next book

  10. R M says:

    Peggy s story

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