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A Slip of a Girl



by
Patricia Reilly Giff

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Holiday House
Imprint
Holiday House
ISBN
9780823439553
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JLG Category

PG Middle Plus

For Anna, the family farm has always been home… But now, things are changing. Anna’s mother has died, and her older siblings have emigrated, leaving Anna and her father to care for a young sister with special needs. And though their family has worked this land for years, they’re in danger of losing it as poor crop yields leave them without money to pay their rent.

When a violent encounter with the Lord’s rent collector results in Anna and her father’s arrest, all seems lost. But Anna sees her chance and bolts from the jailhouse. On the run, Anna must rely on her own inner strength to protect her sister—and try to find a way to save her family.

Glossary. Author’s note.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

240

Trim Size

8 1/2" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

3.3: points 2

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Feb 2020

Book Genres

Historical Fiction, Novels in Verse

Topics

Novels in verse. Family life. Ireland. Irish history, 1837–1901. Drumlish Land War (1881). Poverty. Sisters. Literacy. English-Irish relations.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist*, The Horn Book Magazine

Horn Book

In late-nineteenth-century Ireland, the Mallon family struggles to stay in their home and farm their land—land now controlled by an English earl determined to evict them by raising rents and taxes. With her dying words, Mam entrusts her eldest daughter, Anna, to care for her sister Nuala (“slow to speak, / slow to understand”), their house, and the land. Helpless, hungry, and angry, Anna throws a rock at the earl’s manor house, breaks a window, and is arrested. She escapes, grabs Nuala, and travels for miles to find sanctuary with an aunt. Along the way, they encounter others evicted from their homes and desperate to survive. Through spare, elegant poetry, Anna relates her struggles with the English, showing her humiliation (“They drag us down, and push our faces into the mud. / We’re trussed up / like spring lambs, / and shoved into their cart”) and her resolve (“The soldiers try to march / through us. / They point their bayonets. / But we stand firm”). Giff employs small incidents, such as the carding of wool or Anna’s rationing potatoes, to create a substantial setting, while archival photographs sprinkled throughout link these moments to the conditions of the larger community and history. Appended with a glossary and an author’s note describing Giff’s Irish lineage.

Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

In late-nineteenth-century Ireland, the Mallon family struggles to stay in their home and farm their land—land now controlled by an English earl determined to evict them by raising rents and taxes. With her dying words, Mam entrusts her eldest daughter, Anna, to care for her sister Nuala (“slow to speak, / slow to understand”), their house, and the land. Helpless, hungry, and angry, Anna throws a rock at the earl’s manor house, breaks a window, and is arrested. She escapes, grabs Nuala, and travels for miles to find sanctuary with an aunt. Along the way, they encounter others evicted from their homes and desperate to survive. Through spare, elegant poetry, Anna relates her struggles with the English, showing her humiliation (“They drag us down, and push our faces into the mud. / We’re trussed up / like spring lambs, / and shoved into their cart”) and her resolve (“The soldiers try to march / through us. / They point their bayonets. / But we stand firm”). Giff employs small incidents, such as the carding of wool or Anna’s rationing potatoes, to create a substantial setting, while archival photographs sprinkled throughout link these moments to the conditions of the larger community and history. Appended with a glossary and an author’s note describing Giff’s Irish lineage.

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