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Porter, Tracey.
New York : Joanna Cotler Books, c2007
IL 5-8, RL 5.8
ISBN 006077570X
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Folks said Billy was bound to be unlucky, born at midnight in December, on Friday the 13th. Some said he could commune with spirits, but hed never met a ghost. However, orphaned Billy most certainly had a gift for storytelling, which often got him in trouble at the cruel Guardian Angels Home for Boys. He managed to escape with only a tin box of mementos of his beloved mother and postcards from his long absent father. His journey took him first to the coal mines of West Virginia, where much is revealed about the harsh conditions in the mines and child labor practices of the late 1800s. Ultimately his quest to locate his dad led him to the glamorous and exciting world of the traveling circus. Did he find his dad? Was it all he had hoped for?   (New Hampshire Great Stone Face nominee, 2008-2009)
SUBJECTS: Self-reliance -- Fiction.
                    Orphanages -- Fiction.
                    Coal mines and mining -- Fiction.
                    Circus -- Fiction.
                    West Virginia -- History -- Fiction.
                    Historical fiction.

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