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Ireland, 1959. Young Christopher Hurley is a tinker, a Pavee gypsy, who roams with his father and extended family from town to town, carrying all their worldly possessions in their wagons. Christy carries with him a burden of guilt as well: his mother's death in childbirth. 

The wandering life is the only one Christy has ever known, but when his grandfather dies, everything changes. His father decides to settle briefly, in a town, where Christy and his cousin can receive proper schooling. But still, always, they are treated as outsiders. 

As Christy struggles with his new classmates, he starts to question who he is and where he belongs. But then the discovery of an old newspaper photograph, and a long-buried secret, changes his life for ever. 

©2010 Jeanine Cummins (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

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  • 29-09-20

Superb

I loved everything about this book. Jeanine Cummins writes so well that one can get into the heart of the character. There's lots of humour in the way he describes things, so I smiled a lot. The narration completed it and made it the heart-warming story it is . I doubt I would have enjoyed the book as much had I read it on pages. Congratulations on a very well done piece of work!

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fabulous story

absolutely loved it. Beautiful story very well read. so good I listened to it twice

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Brilliant

Really loved this, the story the narration everything about it I have nothing negative to say, a wonderful book