The Stove Haunting

The Stove Haunting

by Bel Mooney

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 5-8 An actual historic incident is seamlessly woven into this fast-paced, skillfully written time fantasy. Eleven-year-old Daniel Richards and his parents have recently moved into an old parsonage in rural England. Workers remodeling the kitchen uncover an old black iron cookstove. Daniel peers into it and finds himself drawn into its blackness. He awakens beside it in the original kitchen of 1835 as an orphan (also named Daniel Richardson, but the relationship between the two is never made clear) who has been taken in by the Reverend and put to work tending the stove. Although he intuitively fits into his new life, he is perplexed by his time travel and by a refrain in his head, ``We can't change things.'' As he begins to find answers, he gets caught up in historic events. Five brave farmers organize a union, but the landed gentry refuses to meet their modest demands. They are given a swift, unfair trial and banished to Australia. Daniel uncharacteristically takes bold steps to prevent the arrest of his friend George, and saves him from banishment. The historic events come alive for modern readers, who become caught up in the marked differences between the lives of the farmers and the gentry and in Daniel's brave effort to help his friend. Virginia Golodetz, St. Michael's College, Winooski, Vt.

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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10 - 14 Years

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