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In 1897, Nate Tanner, the hot-tempered twelve-year-old son of wealthy Pennsylvania mine owners, goes against his father's wishes by befriending some of the boys who work in the mines and gets caught up in a disasterous clash between mine workers and the law.
“A strong story of family and friendship, rooted in a fascinating period of American history.” —Kirkus Reviews
“A compelling fictional narrative.” —Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Hughes has created a complex protagonist . . . Readers—especially boys—will relate to him, and they will learn about coal production and the everyday life of both workers and owners.”
—School Library Journal
Posted April 9, 2008
I read this book as a Read Aloud to a group of 6th grade students while studying the state of Pennsylvania. It was a great book to use as the time of the conflicts between the union miners and the mine owners became alive in the classroom. Students listened intently to every word read and would complain when read aloud was over for the day. They became involved in both the lives of the workers and the owners. When conflict arose between the two, we were all on the edge of our seats. I highly recommend this book for a read aloud to an upper intermediate group of students. Especially if you are studying anything to do with mining and the dynamics of a mining town, this book is for you and your class!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 6, 2008
The Breaker Boys by Pat Hughes is a great book. It really captures the mood of the industrial revolution and all of the hardships that occurred during its time. I could tell this was going to be a great book from the start, when Nate Tanner reveals that he does not get along with his father. Nate faces a problem when he must choose between his friends and his family while he searches for truth. Jonny and his fellow breaker boys allow Nate to see the painful reality of what Nate's family puts them through. But Nate¿s family shows him how scared they are about losing everything. There are many twists and turns in this novel, but that is what makes is all the more exciting!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 4, 2008
The Breaker Boys was a great book. I enjoyed reading it and would recommend it for anyone who loves historical fiction. It definitely displays how times were in the factories. It keeps your attention from beginning to end. It also had a little comedy in it as well. Great book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 1, 2008
This book is great, because it has revealed the conditions of the factories in the time it was based. This book is also great because it is a book that captures the reader's attention from the first page, and it keeps on making the reader want to read more until the book is finished. I also recommend this book because this book is a book that is laid out in a easy manner, which makes it easy to understand. I would recommendthis book to anyone who loves to learn about history, loves to read books about people's lives, and anyone in middle school and higher.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 1, 2008
I found The Breaker Boys to be an outstanding novel. I really liked how brave and outgoing Nate was. My favorite part of the story was when Nate¿s father took him to the mine and all of his friends saw him. It was very suspenseful as the reader does not know what Johnny and the others will say and if they will still want to be friends with Nate. Not only did I enjoy this part, but I also really liked the ending. He had grown to like his teacher over the summer and I think that he will please his father by how well he does at boarding school with him. Therefore, I believe that The Breaker Boys is a very well-written book and I recommend it to any young reader looking for a suspenseful and adventurous book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 8, 2006
This was a very good book that shows what it was like growing up with child labor during the turn of the century. A great non-fiction to pair with this novel is Growing Up in Coal Country. It seems to match the fiction chapter for chapter.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.