Young children

Children of the Mine

Life Down the Mine in 1839

by Jacqueline Baxter
Released: 28th March, 2024
ISBN:
9781805142645
It was Tim’s 9th birthday, and he’d finally be joining his brother, sister, and dad down the pit. Working down the deepest, most dangerous coal mine in the Northeast of England was his worst nightmare. Especially remembering the horrible stories his sister told him.

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It was Tim’s 9th birthday, and he’d finally be joining his brother, sister, and dad down the pit. Working down the deepest, most dangerous coal mine in the Northeast of England was his worst nightmare. Especially remembering the horrible stories his sister told him. But thirteen-hours of sitting in the dark don't seem so bad once he makes friends with orphans, Jonnie, and his sister Evie.

But Jonnie isn’t who they think he is and Tim’s sister, Daisy, when harnessed to a coal truck and forced to pull 30 kilos of coal, rebels, setting in motion a disaster that changes their lives forever. The children, forced to flee the mine, set off on the road to London. But unbeknown to them, Annie and Geordie Giles, the worst bullies in the mine, are hard on their heels, desperate to avenge the death of their mother, Martha.

From the darkness of the Skry pit to the treacherous road to London town, Children of the Mine follows the story of a group of children at the height of the industrial revolution, whose lives were dictated by poverty, and the greed of the mine owners. As they make their way through Victorian England, they find that some things are worse than the pit…

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