Esty's Gold by Mary Arrigan


Esty's Gold by Mary Arrigan

Esty Maher's family is uprooted and torn apart during the Irish potato famine - 'the Hunger'. Esty is sent into service, but dreams of going to Australia to find gold, and manages to get assisted passage for her family and friends. However, when they reach Ballarat, her dream and hard work nearly turn to dust in the midst of scavenging and rebellion - but thanks to their self-reliance and ingenuity, the Mahers family turns up trumps.


Mary Arrigan always keeps her readers agog with cracking adventures, and here she moves confidently into historical fiction. Irish Times Girls who like adventure stories will like this one. School Librarian A famine story with a difference. Irish Sunday Independent The distances between the Ireland of the Famine and Australia's goldfields are skilfully bridged in a young heroine's story of courage and determination. Irish Times This is a compelling read which shows us that although life can be a difficult business, in the end everything counts. Carousel Recommended reading. Books for Keeps

About the Author

The Irish World Book Day Author 2014 Mary Arrigan studied at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, University College, Dublin and Florence University. She taught art for 18 years before starting to write for children. She was awarded the International Youth Library (Munich) White Ravens title in 1997, the Bisto Merit Award in 2000 and has also won The Sunday Times Crime Writers Association Short Story Award and The Hennessy Short Story Award.

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224 pages
Interest Age: From 11


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Publication date

8th August 2009



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