Faoin Sceach Gheal by Marita Conlon-McKenna


Faoin Sceach Gheal by Marita Conlon-McKenna

Since its first publication in 1990, Marita Conlon-McKenna's Under the Hawthorn Tree has broken all records for sales of an Irish-published children's book, has won national and international awards, and has been translated into Danish, Swedish, Dutch, French, German, Japanese as well as selling editions in the US. It tells the story of three children left to fend for themselves during the horror of the Great Irish Famine. Now, for the first time, the book is being made available in the Irish language, as Faoin Sceach Gheal, translated by Maire Nic Mhaolain. Sceal eachtach ar an Drochshaol, agus ar thriur oga a sharaionn gach guais lena linn. I ndaichidi an naou haois deag ta Eire I ngreim ag an ngorta. Nuair a imionn mi-adh ar a dteaghlach fein, fagtar Eibhlin, Micheal agus Peig le deanamh as doibh fein. Le healu on ocras agus o theach na mbocht, cuireann siad sa siul. Is e a n-aon dochas dul chomh fada leis na seanaintinu a mbiodh a mathair ag scealaiocht orthu. Tugann siad aghaidh go misniuil ar an aistear fada anroiteach, agus gno acu ar feadh an achair da bhfuil de shracadh agus de ghra agus de dhilseacht ina gcroi.


'this would be an ideal class novel to read together and enjoy as a group'

.com 'the Irish translation adds to the pleasure of reading this classic Irish children's novel

.com 'The Irish translation adds to the pleasure of reading this classic Irish children's novel ... This would be an ideal class novel to read together and enjoy as a group

.com 'fantastic book ... strong description of the hardships of the Famine

About the Author

Born in Dublin in 1956 and brought up in Goatstown, Marita went to school at the Convent of the Sacred Heart, Mount Anville, later working in the family business, the bank, and a travel agency. She has four children with her husband James, and they live in the Stillorgan area of Dublin. Marita was always fascinated by the Famine period in Irish history and read everything available on the subject. When she heard a radio report of an unmarked children's grave from the Famine period being found under a hawthorn tree, she decided to write her first book, Under the Hawthorn Tree. Published in May 1990, the book was an immediate success and become a classic. It has been translated into over a dozen languages, including Arabic, Bahasa, French, Dutch, German, Swedish, Italian, Japanese and Irish. The book has been read on RTE Radio and is very popular in schools, both with teachers and pupils. It has been made a supplementary curriculum reader in many schools and is also used by schools in Northern Ireland for EMU (Education through Mutual Understanding) projects. It was also filmed by Young Irish Film Makers, in association with RTE and Channel 4. This is available as a DVD. Marita has written more books for children which were also very well received. The Blue Horse reached No. 1 on the Bestseller List and won the BISTO BOOK OF THE YEAR Award. No Goodbye, which tells of the heartbreak of a young family when their mother leaves home, was recommended by Book Trust in their guide for One Parent Families. Safe Harbour is the story of two English children evacuated from London during World War ll to live with their grandfather in Greystones, Co Wicklow and was shortlisted for the BISTO Book of the Year Award. A Girl Called Blue follows the life of an orphan, trying to find who she really is in a cold and strict orphanage. Marita has also explored the world of fantasy with her book In Deep Dark Wood. Marita has won several awards, including the International Reading Association Award, the Osterreichischer Kinder und Jugendbuchpreis, the Reading Association of Ireland Award and the Bisto Book of the Year Award.

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176 pages
Interest Age: 8-12+


Marita Conlon-McKenna
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Publication date

1st April 2000



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O'Brien Press Ltd is an imprint of O'Brien


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