THE BREAKER BOYS
New York : Farrar, Straus,
IL 3-6, RL 4.3
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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)
Coal miners -- Fiction.
Coal mines and mining -- Fiction.
Immigrants -- Fiction.
Labor movement -- Fiction.
Fathers and sons -- Fiction.
Stepfamilies -- Fiction.
Pennsylvania -- History -- 1865- -- Fiction.
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