FIRE IN THE HOLE! by Mary Cronk Farrell

FIRE IN THE HOLE!

Age Range: 10 - 14
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KIRKUS REVIEW

With his mother dead, his father imprisoned, and rent due, 14-year-old Mick must take responsibility for his family. But does this mean giving up his dream of college and becoming a newspaperman? Is he betraying his unionist father by taking a job in the mines as a non-union worker? Set in Idaho during the 1899 Coeur d’Alene mine disputes, when radicals blew up the ore-concentrating mill and Federal troops responded with mass arrests, Farrell’s debut follows Mick as he works the mine, engineers a rescue of his father, and finds his own path in life. Fictional newspaper articles by Mick’s mentor Mr. Delaney and a good author’s note contribute historical and legal context for this story of family, dreams, and an important segment of American history. (Fiction. 10-14)

Pub Date: Oct. 18th, 2004
ISBN: 0-618-44634-6
Page count: 176pp
Publisher: Clarion
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 2004




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