Ballywhinney Girl

Eve Bunting (Author) Emily Arnold McCully (Illustrator)


Maeve is unnerved when she and her grandfather find a body in the bog in Ballywhinney,
Ireland. It turns out to be the body of a young girl who lived more than a
thousand years ago. A girl like Maeve, with fair hair, who walked the same fields and
picked the same flowers. When archeologists display the mummy at a museum, Maeve
wonders: Does the girl mind being displayed in a glass case for all to see? Or does she
miss the green meadow where she had lain for so many hundreds of years?
Two picture-book masters sensitively capture the layers of thought and feeling arising
in the face of an awe-inspiring and mysterious discovery

Product Details

Clarion Books
Publish Date
March 06, 2012
8.6 X 0.5 X 11.0 inches | 0.85 pounds
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About the Author

Eve Bunting is the author of more than two hundred books, including The Banshee, also set in her native Ireland and illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully. She lives in Pasadena, California. Emily Arnold McCully received the Caldecott Medal for Mirette on the High Wire. She has illustrated many books for children, several of which she also wrote. She lives in New York City and Chatham, New York.


"There is drama from the first page of this moving picture book."--Booklist"The tender, gently elegiac rone renders this far more than a picture of how such finds happen."--Horn Book"An evocative story in verse."--School Library Journal"Maeve's voice and the natural flow of dialogue make this a pleasure to read aloud, and McCully's watercolor scenes capture a placid landscape and cozy home suddenly jolted from the quotidian into the extraordinary."--Bulletin, starred review