Giff, Patricia Reilly (2000). Nory Ryan's Song. 148 pages. Grades 5-8.
This is a powerful story about twelve-year-old Nory and her family who struggle to survive during the Irish Potato Famine of 1845. Nory sees her neighbors being evicted by the English landlord for not paying their rent and she is afraid that her family will be met by the same fate. Their father "Da" has not yet returned from working aboard a ship and Nory must find ways in which to help her family find food. She attempts to sell shawls, find eggs from sea birds, and helps Anna, the local herbalist, with chores. After her Granda and sister leave for America, her friend Sean offers Nory a ticket, but she asks him to take her younger brother Patch instead. Find out if Nory can survive the famine and join her brother and family in America.
If you liked this book, read Maggie's Door and Water Street, which continue to follow Nory's life.