So Far from Home: The Diary of Mary Driscoll, an Irish Mill Girl is the sixth book in Scholastic's Dear America series. It was written by Barry Denenberg, his second in the series. The book was published in October 1997. It was adapted into a television film in 1999.


"To the memory of my grandfather, Louis Denenberg"

Book description

"Friday, July 9, 1847

Mrs. Abbott's house is so near the mills we were able to walk there.... I never dreamed earthly hands could make anything that big. It looked to me like all the people in Ireland could fit inside. 'Twas like a fortress. There were smokestacks blowing their blackness heavenward and darkening the sky. I felt cold although the day was warm. A shudder rippled through my body. There is nothing to be afraid of, I told myself. What could be worse than what I had already seen back in Ireland? I had to go through those gates.



Main article: List of So Far from Home characters



So Far from Home on VHS

Main article: Dear America: So Far from Home

In 1999, So Far from Home was adapted into a short television film. The film was produced by Scholastic Entertainment and aired on HBO. It was released on video tape the same year. Laura Bertram starred in the film as Mary.


Main article: Barry Denenberg

Barry Denenberg (born in Brooklyn, New York City, New York) is a nonfiction and historical fiction author, known for writing biographies. He is the author five Dear America books, two My Name Is America, and one in The Royal Diaries series.


  • NCSS/CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People (1998)[2][3]


"The author would like to thank Martha Mayo at the Center for Lowell History for graciously sharing her intelligence and time."


See also

v - e - dDear America

A Journey to the New World | The Winter of Red Snow | When Will This Cruel War Be Over? | A Picture of Freedom
Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie | So Far from Home | I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly
West to a Land of Plenty | Dreams in the Golden Country | Standing in the Light | Voyage on the Great Titanic
A Line in the Sand | My Heart Is on the Ground | The Great Railroad Race | The Girl Who Chased Away Sorrow
A Light in the Storm | Color Me Dark | A Coal Miner's Bride | My Secret War | One Eye Laughing, the Other Weeping
Valley of the Moon | Seeds of Hope | Early Sunday Morning | My Face to the Wind | Christmas After All
A Time for Courage | Where Have All the Flowers Gone? | Mirror, Mirror on the Wall | Survival in the Storm
When Christmas Comes Again | Land of the Buffalo Bones | Love Thy Neighbor | All the Stars in the Sky
Look to the Hills | I Walk in Dread | Hear My Sorrow


The Fences Between Us | Like the Willow Tree | Cannons at Dawn | With the Might of Angels | Behind the Masks
Down the Rabbit Hole | A City Tossed and Broken