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Set in 1876 in the coal hills of Pennsylvania, the story follows two unwitting orphans, Patrick and Sissy Hughes, who are propelled on a desperate journey after witnessing the murder of their father. They carry with them a wooden box retrieved from a secret compartment beneath their father's bed. His dying words to them: "keep it safe, keep it hidden." Powerful men are loo ...more
Paperback, 150 pages
Published December 29th 2015 by Sunbury Press, Inc.
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Bruce
Jul 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Good solid all ages tale of two kids trying to elude the evil Allen Pinkerton and his men during the Molly McQuires era of the coal region. Pretty quick read (for those that read for longer periods of time than I do!).
J. Else
n 1876, the owner of two major railroads, Franklin Gowen, is looking to control the coal mines. By limiting the shipment of coal and driving up costs, he can put independent mines out of business and purchase them for almost nothing. But first he will need to break the miners’ strike. Peter Hughes, a union leader and member of the “Molly Maguires” (an Irish group helping defend the miners), is the company’s target.

After witnessing Peter’s murder, his children, Patrick and Sissy Hughes, escape in
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Kara Harvey
Apr 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
@J. Else: I don't usually comment on other reviewers, but I can't let this go unanswered. Everybody has their opinion on plot and things that interest them, so I'm not concerned about that. I'll only say, without giving too much away, that Sissy actually is involved in many of the decisions in the book--including a main point in the plot (when they decide to go to Philadelphia). Patrick relies on her as they seek to work things out. But, since the story is mainly about him, of course he's going ...more
Kelly Freed
May 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Just finished "From Blue Ground". Loved it! What a great story and well told. Loved the details from the Lenni-Lenape Indians to the Molly Maguires and breakers boys. My grandparents grew up in Northeastern Pennsylvania coal country so I enjoyed learning more about the region. Cannot believe it is Joe Harvey's first book....the voice is one of a seasoned author. The fast paced action and settings including the breakers/coal mines and "New Jersey dinosaur" would make a thrilling movie. Great job. ...more
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