- Virginia Johnson
Saint Patrick’s Day is just behind us, with its shamrocks, leprechauns, and green everything. It’s a cheerful time to be Irish or just pretend to be. Nory Ryan’s Song is a novel for young people (and everyone, really) about a much darker time in Irish history. During the Great Famine in the 1800s, the already poor people found themselves starving when the one fail-safe crop—potatoes—failed them.
Before these troubles, young Nory had a happy life. Sure, and her father was away much of the time fishing, but her granddad was there to look after her, and she and her sisters and brother cared for each other, too. She would go climbing the cliffs with her best friend and almost-sweetheart, Sean Red Mallon, go about her chores, and sing. Oh, yes, Nory Ryan could sing.
With a strong heart full of mischief and melody, Nory Ryan is someone worth knowing, through hard times and good. Follow her steps in Nory Ryan’s Song and after those pages have turned, have a look at the sequels, Maggie’s Door and Water Street.