Wild Geese (Greener Grass #2)
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...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more