Don't Tell the Girls by Patricia Reilly Giff
A Family Memoir

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In this delightful, sometimes funny, sometimes wistful memoir Patricia Reilly Giff discovers surprising information about and unexpected connections with her Irish ancestors. Beginning with family stories she follows any clues she finds to search out her family's past. This takes her to libraries and research centers, homes of relatives, and to Ireland. In the process she shares a wealth of information about how to trace one's family along with family photos and documents. Some mysteries are solved with surprising conclusions but others are left to future generations to unravel. The result is a poignant book about enduring gifts and challenges our ancestors can leave to us.

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Patricia Reilly Giff was born in Brooklyn, New York on April 26, 1935. She knew she wanted to be a writer, even as a little girl. She received a Bachelor's of Arts in Education from Marymount College, a Master's of Arts from St. John's University, and a Professional Diploma in Reading and a Doctorate of Humane Letters from Hofstra University. After she graduated from college, she taught in the public schools in New York City until 1960 and then in the public schools in Elmont, New York from 1964 until 1971. She then became a reading consultant before finally, at the age of 40, deciding to write a book. She also worked as an educational consultant for Dell Yearling and Young Yearling Books and as an advisor and instructor to aspiring writers. She is the author of more than 60 children's books, as well as a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers. Together with her husband, Giff opened "The Dinosaur's Paw," a children's bookstore named after one of her own stories. She is the author of the Polk Street School books. Lily's Crossing, about the homefront during World War II, was named a Newberry Honor Book by the American Library Association as well as an ALA Notable Book for Children. The novel also won the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor. Pictures of Hollis Woods was also named a Newberry Honor Book and Nory Ryan's Song was named an ALA Best Book for Young Adults.
Published March 1, 2005 by Holiday House. 131 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Like her dear Nana, her mother’s mother before her, Giff is a gifted sort of seamstress, stitching stories and fancies and family legends with fine threads of fact to construct a fabric of her family’s history.

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