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Farrell, Mary Cronk.
New York : Clarion Books, 2004.
IL 5-8, RL 5.1
ISBN 0618446346
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Mick is determined not to end up like his father.  Da is a miner.  Each day he descends into the ground and works in the dark.  And each night he comes home and his anger seems to get the better of him.  Da and the other miners have formed a union to negotiate better wages for the workers.  In 1899, working conditions in the mines were very dangerous.  Da has a terrible cough caused by the dust he breathes in the mine.  When the union goes on strike and blows up the mine, soldiers are brought in and the town is put on martial law.  All the men in town are rounded up and arrested.  Even Mick.  But when he finds out his mother is very ill, he finds a way to escape.  And now Mick is finding out about responsibility and how dreams are not always able to be realized.
SUBJECTS:      Lead mines and mining -- Fiction.
                        Fathers and sons -- Fiction.
                        Family life -- Idaho -- Fiction.
                        Labor unions -- Fiction.
                        Self-actualization (Psychology) -- Fiction.
                        Coeur d'Alene Mining District (Idaho) -- Fiction.
                        Idaho -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction.
                        Historical fiction.


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