Annie Quinn in America

From the Series Adventures in Time

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 8
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

Annie Quinn knows that a new life in America is her only chance. In 1847, the only sure way to survive the potato famine is to leave Ireland. With her younger brother Thomas, twelve-year-old Annie must leave her mother and home behind. She’ll join her big sister Bridget, a maid in a New York mansion. At least Annie has her father’s fiddle to play. But Annie’s fiddle is stolen by smooth-talker Finnbarr O’Halloran as soon as she steps foot in New York. And Bridget likes being a lady’s maid, but Annie’s stuck polishing gleaming tabletops and washing perfectly clean steps under the housekeeper’s eagle eye. She has it better off than Thomas, who sleeps in a cellar and works as a stable boy under the greedy Mr. Belzer. Then Bridget goes to Ohio, Thomas runs away, and Annie is fired! And Annie’s adventures are only beginning…

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Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 5
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Books ®
Language English
Publication Date 2014-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 4.3
Text Type Fiction—Historical
BISACS JUV016140, JUV001000, JUV039250
Dewey [Fic]
Graphics 1-color illustrations
Lexile 760
ATOS Reading Level 5.1
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 54156
Accelerated Reader® Points 7.0
Features Awards, Maps, and Reviewed


  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 2001


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“Gr.5-9. Music lovers will enjoy this Irish immigration story from the Adventures in Time series. Annie Quinn manages to find solace in her fiddling in the midst of an unfriendly New York City life. Like many Irish, she and her brother find work as domestic staff and harbor the hope of bringing the rest of their family to America.”
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“This well-done historical novel, rich in details about the potato famine and Irish life in mid-nineteenth-century New York, will grab readers with its action-packed plot and strong characterization.”