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Caroline Pignat, Ottawa, Greener Grass: The Famine Years.(Red Deer Press, a division of Fitzhenry & Whiteside; distributed by the publisher)(ISBN 978-0-88995-402-1)
BiographyAfter working with children and youth for over 15 years as a teacher, seminar facilitator, mentor and coach, Caroline Pignat began writing for them. Her articles and fiction have appeared in numerous children and family magazines, and local and national newspapers. In 2007 she published her first book, Egghead, a young adult novel about bullying. For her second novel, Greener Grass, she returned to her native Ireland to research how places and people were affected by the Great Famine of the mid-1800s. Caroline Pignat is currently working on a sequel, called Wild Geese. She lives in Ottawa (Kanata).
Jury's commentCaroline Pignat's Greener Grass: The Famine Years follows the disintegration of the Byrne family during Ireland's Great Famine of 1847, when landlords ruled without mercy, children could be taken away to prison, and thousands were left to starve. A timeless story of courage, family loyalty and the resilience of the human spirit.
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