Greener Grass Reviews
WINNER of the Governor General's Award 2009
Canadian Children's Book Centre, 2009 *Starred Choice*
Pennsylvania School Library Association Top 40 Fiction, 2009
HistoryCanada.ca recommended resource
Ride with the powerful lilt of style and you'll feel the terrible heartbeat of old Famine Ireland herself! Pignat is a winner!
-- Brian Doyle, Author
There is adventure, suspense, romance and despair; life-and-death situations lead to courageous decisions, and the characters grow before the reader's eyes. In the process, Pignat manages to instil in her readers a true sense of gratitude and a new respect for those who struggle against odds most of us, fortunately, can only imagine....
-- Bernie Goedhart, The Victoria Times and The Ottawa Citizen read the full review
Pignat’s writing is strong and detailed, bringing to life historical events in a personal and tangible way.. this is definitely an addition to any 'must read' list of young adult novels.
-- Canadian Materials Magazine read the full review
...a marvellous book. Very strong, and very moving. ...the language and style of the book just swept me away.
-- Karleen Bradford, Author
...True to Kit's voice, the plain rhythmic language... is lyrical but never ornate. The tension in the story and in the well-developed characters is always rooted in daily detail, and it builds to the final question, which suggests a possible sequel: Will Kit make it onto the ship to Canada?
-- starred review in Booklist, April 15, 2009
...a deeply moving and vividly rendered tale that all but lifts modern day readers into the heart of old Ireland itself....Caroline Pignat has done a magnificent job... it is as much an ode to these people and all that they endured as it is a remarkable work of historical fiction.
-- Children's Book News
...Carefully researched and historically accurate, this story provides an engrossing plot with engaging characters.
-- Paula Morrow review