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General Fiction Large Print Edition Welcome to Skingle Creek, a Kentucky coal mining town in the late 1800s, where a beloved teacher hovers on the precipice between hope and despair. Where two young friends plan to give a gift that may save a life. And where a one-room schoolhouse provides the setting for a miracle.
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Overview

General Fiction Large Print Edition Welcome to Skingle Creek, a Kentucky coal mining town in the late 1800s, where a beloved teacher hovers on the precipice between hope and despair. Where two young friends plan to give a gift that may save a life. And where a one-room schoolhouse provides the setting for a miracle.
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VOYA - Heidi Borton
Life is bleak in the poor mining town of Skingle Creek, Kentucky, in the 1890s. When teacher Jonathan Stuart comes to stay, he brings love, compassion, and hope to the children through his patience, his stories, and his music: the songs of a silver flute. The teacher's work is a mutual sharing of hope, in fact, and encouragement in his own fight against debilitating heart disease. When the silver flute is stolen, discouragement seems to overtake Mr. Stuart, and his students fear that their beloved teacher will leave them. Led by the resourceful Maggie MacAuley, they set out to do something about the situation. Scraping together what they have earned through odd jobs, they collect what they hope will be a down payment on a new flute. But generous Mr. Stuart himself has other desires for the money, and Maggie and the others must decide for themselves what their Christian responsibility is to their poorer neighbors. There are authentic details in this story: You can almost feel the cold sleety rain that falls in the shadowed valley and the discouraging poverty. Unfortunately, the characters are described rather than revealed through dialogue and action, and with the exception of Maggie, they are one-dimensional. This is an undeniably sentimental story, and though classified as historical fiction, it reads like an inspirational gift book. The author weaves Christian principles and a message of love into the story without being heavy handed or didactic. Not an essential purchase, this probably would appeal to fans of the author's Emerald Ballad series. VOYA Codes: 2Q 3P M J S (Better editing or work by the author might have warranted a 3Q, Will appeal with pushing, Middle School-defined as grades 6 to 8, Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9 and Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).
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  • ISBN-13: 9780786210121
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 2/15/1997
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 5.76 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.89 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2011

    Great book, but sad

    This book is about a young teacher, Mr. Stewart. And a girl named Maggie.

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