Books in the Journey to America series chronicle the adventures of girls immigrating to America from different parts of the world at different times in history. Fiona McGilray's Story is the first in the series, and it tells the story of a young girl, Fiona, and her brother who emigrate to escape the Irish potato famine. Fiona is an almost preternaturally strong, brave, and lucky girl. In Ireland she saved her brother from a bull and arranged to free corn held back by British landlords. What's more, after being in America only a short time, she's taken under the wing of a lonely, wealthy woman and shortly thereafter finds her own wealthy cousins. The story, which touches briefly on the more common and difficult experiences of Irish immigrants, is both engaging and well written. The characters are admirable role models, but to give children a real feeling of the times, pair the novel with some of the more realistic accounts of the immigrant experience.
Original title: Fiona McGilray's Story: A Voyage from Ireland in 1849
Genre: Fiction→ Children & Young Adult→ Historical Fiction→ United States and Canada