Maggie's Door

Maggie's Door

by Patricia Reilly Giff
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Overview

Maggie's Door by Patricia Reilly Giff

We will dance on the cliffs of Brooklyn.

Maggie’s Door
is the story of the journey from Ireland to America told by both Nory and her neighbor and friend Sean Red Mallon, two different stories with the same destination—the home of Nory’s sister Maggie, at 416 Smith Street, Brooklyn, America.

Patricia Reilly Giff calls upon her long research into Irish history and her great powers as a storyteller in this deeply involving, riveting stand-alone companion novel to Nory Ryan’s Song.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375890390
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 09/09/2003
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 477,334
File size: 332 KB
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Patricia Reilly Giff is the author of the Newbery Honor Books Lily’s Crossing and Pictures of Hollis Woods. Lily’s Crossing is also a Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Book. Giff’s Nory Ryan’s Song is an ALA Notable Book, Best Book for Young Adults, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, and a Golden Kite Honor Book.


From the Hardcover edition.

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Maggie's Door 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
brianna777 More than 1 year ago
Maggie’s Door by Patricia reilly giff is an amazing book showing the struggle getting to America from Ireland. Its equally sad and strengthening. The book is similar to Anne Frank but also completely different. Different struggles, people, and journeys. While Anne Frank hid out for months from germans. Nory had to walk miles and miles with her neighbor and sister. She had close to nothing but also had so much too loose. Her hope is to make it to the boat she believes will take her to America. Where she will find her older sister waiting for her. Where she would have finally have found Maggie's Door. Patricia reilly giff did an amazing job writing from the view of Nory and Sean. She was able to imagine just what they thought of, went through, and imagined for the future. Patricia had not been to ireland at all when she heard of Maidin Bay. How when their crops failed they had to choose whether to stay and starve or take the journey to America. She traveled to Ireland and did tons of research. Then came up with the amazing concept. I think this book is amazing for every reader. No matter what your favorite genre is. Nory and Sean are probably the strongest fifteen year olds in any story. They did what most couldn't i know that i certainly couldn't. To be able to take the journey to Galaway just on the hope that there will be ships there to take them to America. Not even sure they set off knowing that if they did stay they would starve. Miles and Miles with just one cart and a dream. Its quite empowering and shows us just how easy our lives really are. Of course Nory and Sean don't really exist but in a way they did. Hundreds of people made the journey as Nory and Sean did to America. Who knows what they went through, what they saw, or even how many of them even made it. But Patricia did an amazing job creating a story that we could believe and at least give us a chance to imagine and feel as if we were part of their journey. Thats what i believe the lesson is here. To remind us what the past generations had to go through and just where we would be without them. I read this book in three days. Sounds impossible especially how busy one can be. But with a story so amazing as this one its hard to put down to eat and sleep. I encourage you to read this book. Even if its not the first you would pick. But because i think we all need to reminded how good our lives really are.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book club book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book about a young girl and boy who leave Ireland during the Irish Potato famine and make their way to NYC to join relatives. At times heart-wrenching, but in the end uplifting. A great Book Report book. Short, but leaves lots of room for additional reserach about Ireland, Potato Famine, Immigration. There are campanion books, but each book can stand alone. Excellent Writer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Summary This book is told from two points of view. A girl named Nory and her neighbor and friend, Sean. It is about most of the people from a big village and many more from the same area trying to get to America from Maidin Bay which is in Ireland. There was a food starvation period and all the plants died so there is no more food. This is a great story that will tell you about an amazing journey and relationships that are broken by its hardships. This book is amazing so you should read it now. What I liked about the book What I liked about the book is how it was told by two people and the two totally different adventures. Also the whole time I wanted to read more and more. It was also an interesting story and how things happened are what you wouldn¿t have guessed and you could feel how the characters were feeling. Also you could relate to the characters and how the story went. That is why I liked the book, Maggie¿s Door. What I disliked about the book The one and only thing I disliked about the book is that in some parts I didn¿t know what was going on or what was happening. At times they showed the action before they said what happened and that¿s why I couldn¿t always follow along.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i luv this book, too. it was a perfect sequel to nory ryan's song, full of hope and sadness. i loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gret book!
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This book was a great sequel to Nory Ryan's song! I would recomend reading Nory Ryan's Song first though. I thought the story and plot behind this book was really great and the topic was interesting. It was very devastating to me to see what children in Ireland were going thru during the Great Potato Famine.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was horrible from the beginning. It was very confusing and hard to follow. If this was the last book on Earth, I would certainly NOT read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I, unfortunately didn't get to read Nory Ryan's Song b/c I am clueless and didn't know that it was a sequel. I'm a little ashamed though b/c i saw it in my school library and it was short so i picked it up. I didn't understand I was about to read a FANTASTIC book, oh yeah and i feel a lil' old for it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The begining of this book was really hard to follow i couldn't understand it. I always fell asleep when i read this book