Main Character: Jimmy Conway
Setting: Dublin during the 1916 rebellion
Published by: O’BRIEN
The Guns of Easter by Gerard Whelan is the story of Jimmy Conway and his familyliving through the Easter Rising. On the first page the author paints a vivid picture ofJimmy’s house and the conditions he lives in. This story is sad in parts and shows the everyday struggle of family’s during the Easter Rising. It also showed the everyday life of a teenager during the Easter Risingincluding their hobbies.
This story takes place in Dublin in 1916. The main characters are Jimmy Conway, Lily Conway and Uncle Mick. He has two younger sisters and is twelve years of age. Jimmy is a very brave, caring and creative person. He lives in a one room tenement house near the city. His father is in France fighting for the British army. Jimmy is very mature for his age and takes leadership in front of his friends when they are misbehaving. At times he forgetsthat he is only twelve and feels he has to fix adult problems.
My favourite part of the book is when Jimmy has to cross the city to find food for his family. The reason that is my favourite part of the book is because there is a lot of action, he gets in a lot of danger and it is a very adventures part of the book. Jimmy dreams of becoming a solider and winning glory on the battlefield. He shows that he would make a great solider as he dodges bullets, shows great leadership and bravery by the risks the takes to cross the city to get food for family. My favourite character is Jimmy because he is very mature, brave and caring. This book is a very easy and entertaining read. The ending is sad as a lot of buildings were burnt down and Dublin city was in ruins but there is a glimmer of happiness as Jimmy’s dad arrives home early from France.
I would highly recommend this book to boys from the age of 11 to 17. It is easy to read and very interesting. I also learned a bit from reading this like how people lived during the Easter Rising and who fought in the rebellion. The book never gets boring and is interesting the whole way through. I would rate this book 4 out of 5.