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Finder: Coal Mine Dog


Author: Alison  HART
Publisher: Peachtree
Subject/Category:  3-5
Year Reviewed:: 2016
ISBN: 9781561458608
Review: To help his uncle and aunt stay afloat financially, 14-year-old Thomas has to fake his age and go work in the coal mine. Since they can't afford to feed his dog if Finder doesn't earn his keep, Finder must pull carts in the mines. When a collapsed tunnel and fire trap some of the miners, Finder's excellent nose leads to the rescue of several miners including Thomas. Told from Finder's perspective, this historical fiction avoids the graphic details and keeps the story age-appropriate despite the horror of the actual 1909 tragedy.

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