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"This is a fast-paced mystery with well-defined characters and a plausible plotline and ending. Although a few references are made to the earlier book, this enjoyable story stands on its own." (School Library Journal)
Setting, events and story were intriguing. The characters were well developed and felt real. This is a tale of hurt and healing, heroes in everyday life. I thoroughly enjoyed this!
The accuracy by which Ms. O'Dell captures the underlying sense of coal miners duty to each other and the town. How they would give up pay (leave their job) to continue to search for survivors after the official recovery period is over. Their work ethic and more.
The way the author combines so many accuracies and realities of the area with the fiction of the story.
The description of the people in the Golden Pheasant "tavern" and how they left. Particularly the way an individual, drinking for what ever reason would open the door and pause before continuing as if the street was not passable.
Clune - The author will understand. Clune was the official postal town name of Coal Run. Many of the references come from that town and those around.
I grew up in Coal Run. Not the town in the book but the actual town and the area from which so much of the book uses as reference. I reflected back on many experiences so my enjoyment of the book may have been tainted by nostalgia but none the less it was excellent. At times I could see the many venues the author was referencing. Thank you Ms. O'Dell
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