Greener Grass by Caroline Pignat


Fountas and Pinnell Reading Level:   R      Grade Level:   5-7    

Genre:  Historical fiction /Adventure 

  Literature Circle set ( 6 copies) available  at  Classroom Support Centre 

Red Maple Book Award nominee 2010,  278 pgs.  

Other recognition and awards:

Governor General’s Literary Award winner 2009 CLA Children’s Book of the Year Award shortlist, 2009


Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People 2009 finalist 
Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Awards shortlist, 2010 

Canadian Children’s Book Centre Our Choice, 2009«Starred Choice 

Red Maple Book Award nominee 2010 


“1847 – Ireland. The potato famine enters its second year, as British landlords raise rents and tumble cottages, leaving Irish families homeless and overcome by hunger and disease. Kit Byrne, a young girl of fourteen, will do everything she can to save her family. But will it cost her soul?” 

Review by Karen 

I am a lover of historical fiction and was eagerly looking forward to reading this latest book by Canadian author Caroline Pignat. I had thoroughly enjoyed Pignat earlier debut novel Egghead and was interested in how she would handle this genre. 

The 1840’s in Irish history was a period of unrest turmoil and utter destruction and devastation — devastation to human life, human dignity and the human spirit. Pignat’s novel Greener Grass opens in the second year of the Great Potato Famine — 1847. We become first-hand witnesses to the heartrending struggles of human survival through the eyes of the central character 14 year-old Katherine (Kit) Bryne and the choices she  and her family are faced with.  The author has skilfully woven the horrors and bleakness of the times, with Kit’s courage and herioism , and that makes this is a truly inspirational story. 

Highly Recommended!!!

Similiar Books:  Nory Ryan’s song by Patricia Giff; Katie’s Wish by Barbara Hazen; The Grave by James Heneghan 


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One Response to Greener Grass by Caroline Pignat

  1. Jan says:

    I’m also a fan of historical fiction, now that I’ve read your review I’m definitely going to have to read this book this summer.

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