With the Wind, Kevin Dolan: A Novel of Ireland and Texas

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Set in 1834, this historical novel follows the adventures of two young Irish brothers and their families and friends as they endure the hardships and joys of immigrating to the Texas frontier.

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Set in 1834, this historical novel follows the adventures of two young Irish brothers and their families and friends as they endure the hardships and joys of immigrating to the Texas frontier.

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"Kevin is bright and feisty, and thoughtful as well. I hope [With the Wind, Kevin Dolan] will have a wide readership. It deserves it."  —Madeleine L'Engle, Newberry Medal-winning author, A Wrinkle in Time
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8 In pre-famine Ireland, 12-year-old Kevin Dolan's Irish family is suffering under British rule. Kevin and his older brother Tom are sent to Texas, recently opened by Mexico to foreign colonization, to claim a homestead and pave the way for the family's possible future immigration. Milligan accurately recounts the hardships of the voyage. Kevin and Tom at last reach Texas, select their acreage, and begin to cultivate it. They have encounters with Karankawas, rumored to be cannibals, and the fierce Commanches. Kevin finds himself in an anomalous position as a newcomer to a place whose original inhabitants, like the Irish, are being driven from their homeland. Kevin's character develops along thoughtful lines. The others, however, are so flat that it is an effort to remember their names. Tom is a wise and loving brother in one scene and sarcastic and hurtful in the next. The few women are stereotypes who squawk like hens, faint at the sight of dead snakes, and scream over bugs. The characters' dialects are distracting and slow the reading during the first section, after which the dialects taper off a bit. Other than the disappointing characterizations, this is otherwise a well-drawn picture of life on the frontier, and an interesting addition to the study of the impact of the primitive world on people who were willing to leap into the wilderness in hopes of a better life. It compares well with Hoff's Johnny Texas (Jenkins, 1977; o.p.) and Shefelman's A Paradise Called Texas (Eakin, 1983; o.p.), both of which deal with German immigrants. Ruth Semrau, Lovejoy School, McKinney, Tex.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780930324964
  • Publisher: Wings Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/1987
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Bryce Milligan is the author and editor of more than two dozen books. His children's books have received starred reviews in Booklist and Publishers Weekly and have been named Best of the Year by several publications.

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