Hope Against Hope
It’s 1921. Ireland has been at war with Britain for 2 years. Emotions are still running high from the end of World War 1 and now, with the act of partition, a hard border splits the country, tearing communities apart by conflict. In the small border town of Mullankeen, Polly is still reeling from the loss of her mother, struggling to tolerate a brother much changed by the War and now her best friend has been sent away to school.
A shocking incident at home drives Polly away, joining Catherine in Helens’ Hope Hostel in Belfast; a haven of tolerance in a city that is growing more splintered by the day. But even within safe walls, the girls struggle to maintain their ideals. There are some in the area that hate the hostel and all it stands for. When Helens’ Hope is violently attacked resulting in a horrific tragedy, can Polly keep hope alive?
About the Author
Sheena Wilkinson has been established as one of Ireland’s most acclaimed writers of contemporary realistic fiction for young people. Winner of multiple Children’s Books Ireland awards and recipient of special bursaries from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland for the development of her writing, Sheena is now a full time author and writing teacher living in Belfast.
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