Wild Geese

Wild Geese

Book - 2010
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Kathleen Byrne, disguised as a boy, leaves Ireland for Canada on a "coffin ship" in hopes of reuniting with her family, but the hardships of the voyage are only the beginning, as she faces poverty, prejudice, and an old enemy in a new country.
Publisher: Markham, ON : Red Deer Press, c2010
ISBN: 9780889954328
Branch Call Number: PIG
Characteristics: 335 p. : ill. ; 19 cm

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KABuck
Jul 15, 2016

Caroline Pignat does a great job finally bringing her characters, driven from Ireland by famine, into the realms of Grosse Isle, Québec City, and Bytown (Ottawa), to which many Canadians can make a patriotic if not personal connection. Anyone who has read the trilogy's first installment, Greener Grass, can expect Kit's intimate story to move along nicely with new characters and challenges. Pignat reminds us how fiction can be a fresh way to learn history, especially when the setting is right on our doorstep.

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hpar53
Apr 19, 2012

Wonderful book with lots of history, both Ireland and the Ottawa valley, as well as the immigrant centre in Grosse Isle. The characters are very easy to love. It is a great book for both adults as well as teens (found in teen section), and I highly recommend it.

samdog123 Dec 12, 2011

This is the second book in a series--the first one is Greener Grass. Deals with the plight of the Irish in the 1800's due to the famine and the harsh treatment of the landlords. In this title, Kit travels to Canada to reuinite her family. She learns to forgive herself for past deeds and finds love for the future.

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sharon711
Mar 23, 2011

Caroline Pignat has done it again. "Wild Geese," the sequel to "Greener Grass," manages to up the ante for Kit Byrne as she sets out from Ireland in 1847 for a new life in Canada. The crossing is perilous and Kit must dodge much danger, even the shadow of death. But Canada doesn’t offer her a safe haven. Kit’s experiences on Grosse Isle (off shore of Quebec City) and then in Bytown (now Ottawa) show how difficult life was for immigrants arriving alone and penniless in the 1800s. Pignat makes us feel Kit’s heartache in establishing a new life for herself here, when Ottawa was in its infancy. I can’t wait for the third and final novel in this trilogy to find out how Kit finds a future she so deserves!

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May 26, 2012

breader11201 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 16

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