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Wild Geese (Greener Grass #2)

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  80 ratings  ·  9 reviews

Wild Geese, the sequel to the Governor General’s Award winning novel Greener Grass, follows Kit Byrne and her friend Mick O’Toole after fleeing famine ravaged Ireland. Across the Atlantic a notorious “coffin ship”, through quarantine, and into the heart of North America, the two displaced teenagers endure storms, epidemics, and discrimination. Desperate to find her family

Paperback, 288 pages
Published November 1st 2010 by Red Deer Press (first published September 1st 2010)
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One of my favourite Canadian YA novels.

Wild Geese, the sequel to Greener Grass, is Kit Byrne’s immigration story as she flees Ireland in 1847, endures a terrible ocean crossing and quarantine at Grosse Ile, Quebec, and ends up in Bytown (now Ottawa), all for the purpose of reuniting her family in Canada.

While the historical time and events on which the story is based are fascinating, I am captivated by Kit’s voice. Here are a couple of samples:
• nothing to our names but the tales we tell
• The s
The talent of the writing style still shines through (someone called it "lilt" and that is a very apt word to describe her style). However, while it wandered through many historical situations and Mick, bless his heart, was all you could want, the plotline soon reached ridiculous proportions as far as Tom and his brother were concerned. Really? I mean really! Back in the day it was a round-the-world, yearlong journey across the ocean, fraught with peril and REALLY. It wouldn't have happened that ...more
Carly Svamvour
We finished this one up in a few days - read the last couple pages last night.

I liked the story in the general sense - it moved along nicely. But I think it lacked that 'whomp' that a mature writer gives to historical fiction such as this one.

I will, however, be looking to see what else this writer does in future. It will be interesting to watch her grow.
Rachel Seigel
What a beautiful and inspiring sequel to Greener Grass. Filled with both heartbreak and hope, readers can't help but be emotionally engaged by Kit and her long journey. While there isn't really any set up for another book about Kit, I was left wondering what ultimately happens to her two siblings, and would love to see a book featuring them.
Winner of the Governor Generals' award, this book traces the plight of Irish during the potato famine, their flight to Canada and their reception in Ottawa. Although written for younger readers, it is an excellent read for adults interested in the Irish question. Gut-wrenching.
SSSoooo goood! It had a happy ending in this one, unlike Greener Grass. Can't wait to see what happens in Timber Wolf!
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it was a amazing book!
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Caroline Pignat is a Governor General's Award-winning author.

Her first novel, EGGHEAD is a 2009 Red Maple Honour Book, shortlisted for the 2009 CLA Book of the Year. Recommended as a bullying awareness resource by Kids Help Phone and Barbara Coloroso, EGGHEAD continues to be a popular novel study in schools across Canada and the US.

Her second novel GREENER GRASS and its sequel WILD GEESE received
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