M.P. Barker

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M.P. Barker

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M. P. Barker is a time traveler—well, actually an archivist and historical consultant, which amounts to the same thing. She got a firsthand taste (sometimes literally!) of nineteenth-century New England rural life when she was a costumed historical interpreter at Old Sturbridge Village. There she milked cows, mucked out barns, and found inspiration for her historical novels, A Difficult Boy and Mending Horses. She also worked as an archivist at the Springfield History Museums, enjoying a unique opportunity to read other people's diaries and letters and look through their photo albums.

EarthDay with awardsRivers catching fire and noxious gases so dense they fell people by the dozens. Sound like something out of a dystopian fantasy? No, we’re talking about mid-20th-century America, when rivers were clogged with factory waste, garbage, and sewage; industry spewed toxic chemicals into the atmosphere by the ton; and pesticides like DDT killed not just insects, but birds, animals, and humans. In When...

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Average rating: 3.9 · 193 ratings · 65 reviews · 2 distinct works · Similar authors
A Difficult Boy

3.90 avg rating — 143 ratings — published 2008 — 5 editions
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Mending Horses

3.88 avg rating — 50 ratings — published 2014 — 4 editions
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Mending Horses (Literature & Fiction)
1 chapters   —   updated May 13, 2015 06:37PM
Description: Three misfits try to mend each other's broken lives as they heal a circus's mistreated ponies,
A DIFFICULT BOY (Literature & Fiction)
1 chapters   —   updated Mar 29, 2010 04:33PM
Description: Two indentured servants must overcome their differences to fight their tyrannical master and win their freedom in 19th-century New England

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Mending Horses by M.P. Barker
"A long book with relatively small text, this is a densely packed and thoroughly rich depiction of 1839 America, with plenty of horses tossed into the mix. Though it takes half the book to really get to the title process, horses Ivy and Phizzy take..." Read more of this review »
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