I admire the author’s ability to take such a tragic, mature topic and bring the writing down so that a young person can understand it. The topic is the Great Hunger/Irish potato famine. In the book you learn about the lengths that the people must go to find food. Besides the diseased potatoes, the people are being thrown out of their homes by British overlords if they can’t pay their rent. Actually, the British overlords have Irish people working for them who do the "dirty work" of evicting their neighbors. Horrifying. The difficult decisions of who would emigrate and when are showcased in this book. The author’s ancestors came to America during this time in history--she does a wonderful job of honoring them. We fall in love with Nory, the main character, and we wish her the best.