Shanty Gold is the story of Mary Boland, a 13-year-old Irish girl, who, during the 1849 Great Famine, must get on a ship to America to find her beloved Da. Her trials on the ship include brutality and rape. She escapes her persecutors with the help of an African slave boy, Kamua Okafor, who will become her ally and soul brother when they arrive in Boston. Shanty Gold is a finalist for "best historical novel of 2016" in the Readers' Favorite Awards.
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