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3.63  ·  Rating Details ·  19 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Charlotte was a Yankee and Maggie was Irish. In 1850’s Westfield their budding friendship was a problem. Charlotte listened as suppertime conversations became heated debates. Even her Aunt Lucy and her brother Zach were full of venom toward the Irish. As tensions between the two communities rose, rumors began to fly, and fists soon followed.

Author Carol Otis Hurst captures
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published October 23rd 2006 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Sarah Crawford
Jan 15, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it really liked it
The book is based on an actual event in 1854 in Westfield, Massachusetts. The town was split between people considered to be Yankees (all of whom appeared to have been Protestant), and Irish (all of whom were Catholic.)

The book centers on two young characters. Charlotte is a Yankee and has a good friend, Maggie who happens to be Irish. The town is divided between the two groups, and there are also two other issues involved, one being abolition and the other temperance.

The public school has also
Mar 07, 2008 Jenny rated it liked it
Based on a true story from Westfield, Massachusetts, Torchlight recounts the tensions that led to the attempted arson of an Irish Catholic church by a mob of Yankee Protestants, as seen through the eyes of two young girls. Maggie, an Irish girl and Charlotte, a Yankee orphan being raised by her well to do Aunt and Uncle, form an unlikely friendship while attending Westfield’s first integrated (Yankee and Irish) school. The narrative is told partially through dialogue between the two girls, and p ...more
Joy Landers
Dec 23, 2015 Joy Landers rated it really liked it
a story about prejudice against a hard working people, the Irish, in the mid 1800s. people complaining about them taking jobs nobody else wants to do, using resources like public school, etc. they should go back to Ireland.
a good parallel to today's issues with the Mexicans and Guatemalans in our country now. they do the jobs you can't hire anyone else to do, they work hard and pay their bills (usually in cash), yet everyone says they should go back to their country and stop using our resources
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
While the subject (anti-Irish prejudice in New England) was
interesting, the book was a disappointing read. I think it was too short-- the story needed more fleshing out. Based on a true incident.
Apr 03, 2013 Lyra rated it liked it
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Disappointingly, the story ends very abruptly. We all know how it ends because it's based on history, but the characters themselves were invented, so why not work out an actual ending for them?
Danielle Wood
Mar 30, 2011 Danielle Wood rated it really liked it
This was a good one! I never knew about the Yankee/Irish segregation in early America ... Enjoyed this.
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