Happy St. Patrick’s Day! No shenanigans here this week, we’ve got economic hardships and rampant sickness. Is it a modern novel?? No, we’re back in 1845 Ireland, by way of 1990’s Under the Hawthorn Tree by Marita Conlon-McKenna.
It’s a wild journey through the Irish countryside during the famine, with the poor O’Driscoll kids. It’ll make you want to drown their sorrows in a Guinness, that’s for sure.
But it’s not all doom and gloom! Jess and Steven recount their trip to the North Texas Teen Book Festival, where Jess fan-girled HARD over some big Baby-Sitters Club connections!
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License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Under the Hawthorn Tree by Marita Conlon-McKenna.