When Jessie Came Across the Sea

From a small Irish village to the clamour of New York City, follow Jessie’s epic historical journey. A classic picture book brought to life by P. J. Lynch’s masterful illustrations. Voyaging across the sea to a new life in America, Jessie leaves all that she knows and loves behind. Before she leaves she entrusts a precious keepsake to her beloved grandmother, hoping that one day they will be reunited…

  • A picture book classic about a young girl’s epic journey
  • With dazzling artwork by master illustrator P.J. Lynch
  • Mirrors the experiences of 19th century Irish migrants
  • Winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal for illustration

“This gentle, romantic story ends on a note of aching joy that brought a tear to the eye of this reviewer.” The Irish Times

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  • Awards

    P.J. Lynch has twice won the Kate Greenaway Medal for The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey in 1995 and When Jessie Came Over the Sea in 1997.

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