Irish Potato Famine

The Irish Potato Famine took place between 1845 and 1852. It was a time of terrible hardship in Ireland where approximately one million people died and another million people left the country. Ireland was almost completely dependent on the potato as the principal source of food for most people. During the Potato Famine, the potato crop was badly affected by a blight, leading to massive food shortages.

Many people left Ireland to disperse around the world, with a large number arriving in the United States and Canada. For more on their experience, see features on Ellis Island and the North American Immigrant Experience.

Beyond the western Sea: Book One - Escape From Home

Beyond the western Sea: Book One - Escape From Home

Avi
Fiction
For ages 12 and up
Scholastic Press, 2012   ISBN: 978-0545379274
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Brothers of the Falls

Brothers of the Falls

Joanna Emery
Illustrator:  David Erickson 
Fiction
For ages 8 to 12
Silver Moon Press, 2004   ISBN: 978-1893110373
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Maggie's Door

Maggie's Door

Patricia Reilly Giff
Fiction
For ages 12 and up
Random House, 2005   ISBN: 0440415810
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So Far From Home: The Diary of Mary Driscoll and Irish Mill Girl

So Far From Home: The Diary of Mary Driscoll and Irish Mill Girl

Barry Denenberg
Historical Fiction  Series
For ages 12 and up
Scholastic, 1997   ISBN: 978-0590926676
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Nory Ryan’s Song

Nory Ryan’s Song

Patricia Reilly Giff
Fiction
For ages 12 to and up
Random House, 2002   ISBN: 978-0440418290
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