Winning Year: 1997
Illustrator: P J Lynch
Title: When Jessie Came Across the Sea

Original Publisher: Walker
Current Publisher: Walker
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 074456963X
In Print

Set at the turn of the nineteenth century, this is a stirring, romantic story about a young girl's epic adventure. Voyaging across the sea to a new life in America, Jessie leaves behind her village home and her beloved Grandmother, to whom she entrusts a precious keepsake, hoping that one day they will be reunited.

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P J Lynch was born and brought up in Belfast. He says it was a scary place to be when he was a teenager in the 1970s, so holidays at his mother's family farm were especially important for him and his brothers and sister. "Holiday" may not be the right word as they worked really hard every day - but he loved it. His mother particularly encouraged his drawing. "I'm sure that for me, burying myself in books, and the little worlds it created on a page, was a good way of escaping for a while from the horrors that were happening around me in the real world."

He married his wife Barbara on his fortieth birthday, they live in Dublin and have two sons, Ben and Sam.