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Mary Arrigan studied at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, University College, Dublin and Florence University. She taught art for 18 years before starting to write for children. She was awarded the International Youth Library (Munich) White Ravens title in 1997, the Bisto Merit Award in 2000 and has also won The Sunday Times Crime Writers Association Short Story Award and The Hennessy Short Story Award. Her books for Frances Lincoln include Mario's Angels and Esty's Gold. To visit Mary Arrigan's website click here
Mary Arrigan always keeps her readers agog with cracking adventures, and here she moves confidently into historical fiction. || Girls who like adventure stories will like this one. || A famine story with a difference. || The distances between the Ireland of the Famine and Australia's goldfields are skilfully bridged in a young heroine's story of courage and determination. || This is a compelling read which shows us that although life can be a difficult business, in the end everything counts. || Recommended reading.