UNDER THE HAWTHORN TREE – Children of the Famine by Marita Conlon-McKenna. Includes a free teacher guide. The first book in the famine trilogy. The Great Irish Famine brilliantly recreated through the story of three young survivors. Ireland in the 1840s is devastated by famine. When tragedy strikes their family Eily, Michael and Peggy are left to fend for themselves. Starving and in danger of ending up in the dreaded workhouse, they escape. Their one hope is to find the great-aunts they have heard about in their mother’s stories. With tremendous courage they set out on a journey that will test every reserve of strength, love and loyalty they possess.