âAn excellent, moving storyâ (Midwest Book Review) of an immigrant boy who triumphs over prejudice.1901. A half-Irish boy is beaten in Ireland for his English blood, then again in New York City, where Irish and English, blacks and whites also hate based on historical wrongs. Drawn in at first, he breaks an ordeal of bullying and violence, helped by a black employer, a new friend, and a fiery thoroughbred horse. âUnsparing in its depiction of prejudiceâ¦heartwarming in its portrayal of friendship and moral awakeningâ (Howard Zinn).
About: Bullied because of the English father he barely remembers, fourteen-year-old Liam gladly leaves Connemara, Ireland, in 1901 with his uncle and sister, but his problems follow them to Hell's Kitchen in New York City, until he finds a way to leave the pastbehind.
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