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A Boy from Ireland: A Novel

A Boy from Ireland: A Novel Marie Raphael

Ages 12 and up

Set in 1901, this is the exciting story of Liam, a fourteen-year-old, half-Irish, half-English boy who triumphs over a bully and a cycle of hatred through friendship and the love of a horse.  

Liam's father disappeared long ago, perhaps to America.  When his mother dies, Liam goes to live with an uncle in Connemara, Ireland.  Here, he is bullied by local boys for his English bloodand scorned by his uncle, who holds the English responsible for famines and other sufferings under her rule.  When Liam gets the chance to go to America, he is filled with hope. He might find his father there, and he assumes he will find acceptance. But as he travels around New York City with the black carter with whom he works, he sees that here too men are drawn into violence based on historical grievances: Irish vs. English, blacks vs. whites. Soon Liam is drawn in, too.  His dreams and his life are at stake.  He must find a way to save himself.

A Boy from Ireland links racial and national conflicts to those faced by any young adult, raising issues that are especially relevant today.

Praise for the Book:

"A poignant tale unsparing in its depiction of ethnic and racial prejudice and, at the same time, heartwarming in its portrayal of friendship and moral awakening. . . . This is a story you will want to share with every young teenager you know."Howard Zinn

About the Author:

Marie Raphael is the author of the novel Streets of Gold (Persea Books, 2001). She has been a teacher in middle school, high school, and college. She lives in Redway, California.

Hardcover / $11.95 (Can. $25.00) ISBN 978-0-89255-331-0 / 224 pages / Young Adult Fiction

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