Under the Hawthorn Tree – March reads for Kidz,

Following through with the Irish theme for this month, here is the kidz read. Under the Hawthorn Tree, by author Marita Conlon-McKenna book 1 of 3. This is a great way to give children an insight into Irish history, and the harsh reality of the famine. Following the plight of three courageous children as they fight for survival, while travelling through Ireland in search of their family members. Take the challenge and walk with Eily, Michael and Peggy, as they take on a dangerous but brave journey through a harsh perilous Ireland.

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Ireland in the 1840s is devastated by famine. When tragedy strikes their family, Eily, Michael and Peggy are left to fend for themselves. Starving and in danger of the dreaded workhouse, they escape. Their one hope is to find the great aunts they have heard about in their mother’s stories. With tremendous courage they set out on a journey that will test every reserve of strength, love and loyalty they possess.