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Hughes, Pat.
New York : Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2004
IL 3-6, RL 4.3
ISBN 0374309566
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Twelve-year-old Nate Tanner knows a lot about coal mining, since his family owns a mine in Hazleton, PA in the 1890’s. Secretly, Nate makes friends with the breaker boys, who work in a dark, filthy building sorting coal. This new friendship is tested when the boys discover his relationship to the owner of the mine. When the labor union comes to the Tanner mines, Nate must confront his grandfather about the life threatening mining conditions. Trouble breaks out with the breaker families and Nate is uncertain about his future. He has to make a choice between family and friends and questions their responsibility for the lives lost in mining disasters. Who’s right? Nate’s family or the unions?  (Jean B. Bellavance for Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards, 2005-2006)
SUBJECTS:  Coal miners -- Fiction.
                    Coal mines and mining -- Fiction.
                    Immigrants -- Fiction.
                    Labor movement -- Fiction.
                    Fathers and sons -- Fiction.
                    Stepfamilies -- Fiction.
                    Pennsylvania -- History -- 1865-  -- Fiction.
                    Historical fiction.


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