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May 2002
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Breaker
Perez, N.A.
Set in northeastern Pennsylvania, Breaker is the story of fourteen-year-old Pat McFarlane, his rebellious older brother Cal, his ambitious sister Annie, and of Mam, whose fierce pride holds the family together. Most of all, it is the story of the mine, which rules their days, attempts to rob their pride, and takes the life of Pat’s father.
N. A. Perez was born in Haileybury, Ontario, and is the author of several books for young readers, including One Special Year and The Slopes of War.
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Golden Triangle Books
Fiction/Young Readers
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Set in northeastern Pennsylvania, Breaker is the story of fourteen-year-old Pat McFarlane, his rebellious older brother Cal, his ambitious sister Annie, and of Mam, whose fierce pride holds the family together. Most of all, it is the story of the mine, which rules their days, attempts to rob their pride, and takes the life of Pat’s father.
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"Adventure and history meet in a fine tale of the strength of the human spirit in the face of backbreaking labor, mine owners’ greed, and ethnic tension."—Voice of Youth Advocates

"A well-crafted novel that allows young adults to experience a neglected aspect of our history." —School Library Journal

"A strong, well-realized fictionalization of events surrounding the strike in the anthracite mines in Pennsylvania in 1902."—Kirkus Reviews


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