The shouts grew louder on top of ear-splitting sounds of metal and iron banging and scraping. As they rounded the corner of the mine head, Pa gasped at the sight ahead, and Joe's heart began to pound like crazy. The miners' strike had turned nasty. Instantly, he began to worry. What about Mama and his little sister? Would they be safe? And what about that new girl from Wales, Moira? Did that Company kid, Arnie, have anything to do with this? No answers--now. Somehow, they had to walk on.
Tensions mount past the breaking point in Ann N. Black's poignant book for young people, The Miner's Cap. Based on true events surrounding the 1914 Ludlow Massacre, it tells of one boy's desperate search for hope in the aftermath of the devastation that follows.
Joe Mantonio, the thirteen-year-old son of Italian immigrants, works alongside his father in the in the mines near Ludlow, Colorado. When the poorly treated workers decide to strike, the company retaliates by forcing them and their families out of their homes and into tents.
After months of strife, the battle culminates in a savage massacre-one that sees soldiers who had been hired to protect the workers killing them instead. Joe and his family are caught in the crossfire of this horrific battle that ultimately devastates the entire tent colony.
Amidst the wreckage of the aftermath, Joe wants revenge-but can he find it without losing himself in the process? The Miner's Cap is a heartfelt coming-of-age story during a tumultuous time in America's history.
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About the Author
Ann N. Black and her husband lived in a cabin near the site of the Ludlow Massacre for twelve years. The desperate lives of the people who endured this horrific event prompted Black to write her latest book for middle school kids. The Miner's Cap.
She is also the author of Born Storytellers: Readers Theatre Celebrates the Lives and Literature of Classic Authors; Readers Theatre for Middle School Boys: Investigating the Strange and Mysterious; and More Readers Theatre for Middle School Boys: Adventures with Mythical Creatures.
Black has three sons and currently lives in Colorado Springs.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Historically factual about the times of the early 1900s and when the immigrants came trying to start over in America. They came to own land and be farmers, doctors, etc and ended up as laborers, in this case miners. Families went from site to site for mines/ strikes and this book follows a family into the events of 1913-1914 surrounding the coal miner’s strike in Colorado and Ludlow massacre. It is seen through the children's eyes of Joe, Arnie and Moira in 7th & 8th grade level. Imagine the lack of food, clothing, housing that kids had to suffer in starting over and over....then disaster hits even more. The spirit in these kids are amazing and this book is a MUST READ for anyone who likes history and a good fictional story. “Complimentary copy provided by the author for an honest review”.