Wild Geese Reviews
The idea and appeal of family and freedom sing through the pages of this well researched tale.
-- jury members for Geoffrey Bilson Award, 2011
HistoryCanada.ca recommended resource
...historical fiction at its best. Although Pignat provides details from the first book, Kit's immigration story is so engaging that this could have been a stand-alone novel.... Teens will love Kit's independent spirit.
--Canadian Children's Book News, Spring 2011
... a fine book ...a historical novel, a young adult coming-of-age tale, an adventure yarn, a story of faith and love, all of these describe Wild Geese and will draw a wide audience.
-- Voya, October 2010
Kit's first-person present-tense narrative is as beautifully simple and lyrical as it was in the first book: "Time to go home, no home to go to . . . with nothing to our names but the tales we tell." The elemental story of immigration will touch readers.
...young adults will relate to Kit. Her persistence, her emotions, her bravery and her common sense are all characteristics for which any generation strives. Pignat has continued Kit's story with both empathy and enthusiasm and leaves readers satisfied yet yearning to remain with Kit and Mick as their new life in Bytown begins. The wild geese may well have come home to stay, but readers will hope that the story doesn't end there and that Pignat will add to the series and continue to delight her fans. Highly Recommended.
-- CM Review
historically gritty authenticity... Although this title can stand alone, reading the first book will certainly enhance understanding of this harrowing, realistic look at the immigrant Irish experience.
-- Kirkus Reviews, September 2010
Pignat's Irish background, plus her exhaustive research, helps make this historical novel a gripping tale of survival. With adventure, romance and a character with plucky independence, the novel should appeal to most teens.
-- Winnipeg Free Press, February 2011
Historical fiction, written with such energy and passion and having been so carefully researched, is often the best way to learn about our shared history. Kit is an amazing young woman with a tenacity and spirit that leads her from one adventure to the next one. She does not waver in her search, or give in to helplessness and hopelessness. She is always forward-facing and bent on bringing her family together. The love she has for them, and for her friend Mick, is what gives her the courage to move on despite life's many obstacles. She is a person who is worthy of our admiration. I long to meet her again!
-- Sal's Fiction Addiction, March 2011