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Hurst, Carol Otis.
New York : Houghton Mifflin, 2006
IL 3-6, RL 5.6
ISBN 0618276017
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The Irish are not wanted here.  Not in Westfield, Massachusetts.  Not in the 1830s.  Sure, the Irish came and built the canals taking jobs that the Yankees in town didn't want to do.  And then when the railroad came in, the Irish were happy to do the manual labor needed.  Again, the Yankees didn't want those jobs so they were glad to have the Irish to do the heavy work.  But now jobs are scarce and the Irish are still here.  And they are taking jobs that the Yankees want.  And things are getting tense.  Why, the schools have even integrated and now the Irish are going to school side by side with the Yankees!  What next?  Can you believe this?  The Irish plan to build a Catholic church right in the middle of town.  The audacity!  This must be stopped.
SUBJECTS:     Irish Americans -- Fiction.
                        Prejudices -- Fiction.
                        Friendship -- Fiction.
                        Schools -- Fiction.
                        Massachusetts -- History -- 19th century -- Fiction.
                        Historical fiction.

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