A painter and a teller of stories

Digging a Hole to Heaven

by S.D. Nelson

At 12 years old, Conall has worked in the coal mines of Pennsylvania for two years, spending his days deep underground with his faithful mule, Angel, carting loads of coal to elevators to lift it to the surface. One day a tunnel collapses, and his brother is trapped with many others in the mine. How will Conall and Angel help to save them? This fictional yet historically based account examines child labor in the coal mining industry. Backmatter includes history of the Industrial Revolution and child labor laws. For readers ages 8-12. Received Starred review by Booklist.

Publisher: Abrams Books
ISBN: 9781419707308

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