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Under the Hawthorn Tree by Marita Conlon-McKenna

We have just finished reading the novel 'Under the Hawthorn Tree' in class. We really enjoyed this book as it gave us an insight into what life was like for children during the time of the Great Famine in Ireland in the 1840s.

The story is told from the viewpoint of three children Eily, Michael and Peggy as they try to survive during the harsh famine times.
This novel is the first in the famine trilogy by Marita Conlon-McKenna. The other books in the trilogy are ‘Wildflower Girl’ and 'Fields of Home'. Both these books are available in the class library as well as in public libraries.

After we finished reading the novel each pupil in the class wrote about their favourite part of the book.

Below is a sample of these pieces.

We also designed book covers which we thought would help people to predict what the story is about.

Here is a sample of those covers.


To learn more about the Great Famine click the words below

 Great Famine

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