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"It's like flying!" twelve-year-old Kathleen Murphy decides after her very first Irish dancing lesson. But times are tough in Dublin and her da's hardly working, so there's no money to spare for lessons, much less a fancy dancing costume to compete in. Then, when one unexpected thing leads to another, Kathleen realizes that even when dreams change, the future holds possibilities she has never before imagined.

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Overview

"It's like flying!" twelve-year-old Kathleen Murphy decides after her very first Irish dancing lesson. But times are tough in Dublin and her da's hardly working, so there's no money to spare for lessons, much less a fancy dancing costume to compete in. Then, when one unexpected thing leads to another, Kathleen realizes that even when dreams change, the future holds possibilities she has never before imagined.

Twelve-year-old Dubliner Kathleen Delaney is given the chance to take Irish dancing lessons in 1937 and discovers she has a talent for it.

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Kathleen Murphy, her younger sisters, her Mam, and her Da live in a grim and crowded tenement in Dublin. Her father is in and out of jobs, and poverty is a close companion to the family. When we meet the lively, red-haired Kathleen, she is getting herself and her three younger sisters ready for school and making rather a mess of the job. In fact, she makes such a mess of it that Mother Rosario asks to see Kathleen's mother for a talk. Kathleen is horrified; after all, we all know that no good can come of such a thing. However, in this instance the parent-teacher talk proves to be the exception to the rule. Once Mother Rosario is satisfied that all is well in the Murphy household, she suggests that Kathleen take Irish dancing lessons. The nun feels that Kathleen is musically inclined and should take advantage of her gift. It isn't long before they all see that Mother Rosario is quite right. Kathleen seems to fly as she dances, and she finds that she has never been happier. However, Kathleen soon finds that her family's lack of means is going to be a problem, for there is to be a dancing competition in the offing and she has to have a special outfit to wear. How on earth can her parents afford to pay for a special dancing dress and all that goes with it when they can barely afford the basic necessities? Written with great poignancy and with a true understanding of the people and the times, this is an exceptional book. We are carried deep into the lives of the people who lived in the poorer parts of Dublin in the 1930s. In the back of the book the reader will find an excellent section entitled "Then and Now: A girl's life," which describes Ireland at the time of the story and what life islike in Ireland in the present day. There is also a glossary of words and a very interesting author's note in which the author tells us a bit about how she related to the times about which she wrote. 2003, Pleasant Company, Ages 10 to 12.
— Marya Jansen-Gruber
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584857488
  • Publisher: American Girl Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/15/2003
  • Series: Girls of Many Lands Series
  • Pages: 176
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 820L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.22 (w) x 7.26 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Late! 1
2 Mother Rosario 22
3 Brown Bread 33
4 Polly 46
5 Flying 56
6 The Letter 67
7 A Plan 74
8 The Conversion of Russia 79
9 Miracles 86
10 Bad News 91
11 Scarlett O'Hara 102
12 Cottage Industry 112
13 Celtic Knots 116
14 Curtains 123
15 The Cake from Jacob's 139
Then and Now 153
Glossary 160
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2008

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    I thought this book had very nice descriptions and a good plot, but I thought some parts were a little unrealistic. I think Kathleen asks some questions that a 12-year-old should know the answers to. She didn't know what 'light on your feet' meant! And I understand that you can be angry about someone getting married, but she thought that Polly and herself would be old maids together, and she didn't understand very maturely about Polly's marriage. Otherwise, I thought this book was very well written, and I enjoyed the cute comments made by the younger sisters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2004

    Brava!!!!!

    This is a great book by Siobhan Parkinson. I liked this book a lot. I always want to read this book over and over again. I want to give Barnes and Nobles a big thank you for recommending me this book! I very much appreaciate it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2004

    Very Good

    This was a excelent book and taught me alot about the Irish culture of dancing. Kathleen had many dreams and they all came true. You should read this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2004

    Hooked on Kathleen: The Celtic Knot

    I LOVED this book! It taught me a lot about the Irish culture.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2003

    Kathleen: The Celtic Knot (Girls of Many Lands Series)

    Kathleen the celtic knot really rocks. It tells all about the culture of that time. I would highly recommend this book to any girl or boy between the ages of 10-14. I quite enjoyed this book and I think you will too!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2003

    Kathleen: The Celtic Knot (Girls of Many Lands Series)

    Kathleen the celtic knot is a very good book I highly recommend it for girls between the ages of 10-13. It explains alot about the irish dancing, and culture of that time.

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