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Coal Camp Girl (American Regional)

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The sharp blast of the mine whistle echoed through the valley, sending nine-year-old Tina Wilson on flying feet down o greet her father as he returned from his day's work at the coal mine. It was a custom for every father to have a treat in his bucket, and the miners' children scrambled to be first to get theirs.

But the mine whistle could mean other things in the lives of
Hardcover, first edition, 173 pages
Published 1959 by J. B. Lippincott Co.
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Feb 21, 2011 Qt rated it liked it
Shelves: history, drama
Lovely illustrations and nicely detailed story of life in a mining town. I wasn't that engrossed by it, but I might well have been when I was younger.
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Aug 08, 2009 Nancy (Colorado) rated it it was amazing
LOVED as a kid!
Apr 30, 2012 Judy rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: middle school kids

Tina of the West Virginia hills is possibly the original Coal Miner's Daughter in literature. She is growing up as part of an entire extended family of coal miners in a time when conditions are dire. Mines are closing, machinery is taking jobs, and coal mining families are hungry during hard winters.

Lois Lenski brings all this to life. Tina's dad has no work for an entire winter. Her uncle suffers an accident in the mine and her brother gets lost in an abandoned mine with some friends.

The men a
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First book I ever read about social issues. Huge impact!
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Shelves: library-book
Didn't like this quite as much as her earlier books, such as Strawberry Girl, but still interesting.
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Many of Lenski's books can be collated into 'series' - but since they don't have to be read in order, you may be better off just looking for more information here:

Probably her most famous set is the following:
American Regional Series

Beginning with Bayou Suzette in 1943, Lois Lenski began writing a series of books whic
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