The Miner's Daughter

The Miner s Daughter Perhaps there is always a mark when another person touches you an invisible thread connecting you to them Backbreaking work threadbare clothes and black coal dust choking the air this is what a mi

  • Title: The Miner's Daughter
  • Author: Gretchen Moran Laskas
  • ISBN: 9781416912620
  • Page: 280
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Perhaps there is always a mark, when another person touches you, an invisible thread connecting you to them Backbreaking work, threadbare clothes, and black coal dust choking the air this is what a miner s daughter knows Willa Lowell fears that this dust marks her to be nothing else, that she will never win against the constant struggle to survive Even the fiercePerhaps there is always a mark, when another person touches you, an invisible thread connecting you to them Backbreaking work, threadbare clothes, and black coal dust choking the air this is what a miner s daughter knows Willa Lowell fears that this dust marks her to be nothing else, that she will never win against the constant struggle to survive Even the fierce flame of her family s love her one bright spot against the darkness has begun to dim Willa yearns for a better life enough food to eat, clothes that fit, and a home free of black grit She also yearns for a special love, the love of a boy who makes her laugh and shares the poetry she carries in her heart When a much brighter future is suddenly promised to her family, Willa knows it is a miracle until she discovers that every promise has a price But she also discovers that the real change has burned inside her all along if only she is strong enough to mine it Writing in a style that is as breathtaking and lyrical as it is powerful, Gretchen Moran Laskas draws from her family s past to bring to life the story of a girl struggling against seemingly insurmountable odds The Miner s Daughter will touch readers hearts and stay with them long after they ve read the last word.

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    • The Miner's Daughter introduces readers to a teenage girl whose father is a coal miner, and she's worried that she will end up following the same path that her mother did, of being a poor housewife in their rural industrial small town community. This book is well-written, creative and it carries a timeless theme that, no matter how much you want to progress, you should never despise or forget your family roots and history.


    • ****3.5 stars****In the Miner's Daughter, we are introduced to Willa and her family while they are suffering from the effects of the Great Depression. The Riley mines where Willa's father and brother work have been hit really hard and meanwhile, all the household has fallen onto Willa's shoulders; her mother is ill and pregnant. Willa yearns for a better life, one full of plenty, beautiful red dresses, tons of new books, and simply a chance to make a difference Is she capable of leaving her fami [...]


    • Reviewed by Safia Abdul for TeensReadTooIn this tenderly crafted novel, Willa is a struggling sixteen-year-old girl living during the hard times of The Great Depression. All of her life, Willa has lived in a mining camp where her father and older brother work as coal miners. As economic conditions worsen and the coal mine shuts down, Willa's father and brother leave home to find a new job. This leaves Willa responsible to take care of her younger siblings, her weakened mother, and the numerous h [...]


    • I appreciated this book for numerous reasons. Reason number one was its honesty. Willa is a poor girl, from rags to relative riches, but she finds herself dissatisfied with penny candy later in the book that at the beginning would have thrilled her and she is ashamed. Reason two, it was not predictable. I kept thinking oh the mother will die, she'll marry that boy, ect. but the book wouldn't go in that direction. It wasn't a plot twist, it just a new story line that's hard to find. Three, I am f [...]


    • Because our 8th grade team is doing a resource unit on coal in WVa, I picked up this book as a possible read for my 8th grade resource class. Nah, this isn't gonna do. First, because the main character is a girl, who despite dealing with horrendous hardships of poverty,hunger as well as the usual adolescent angst, just matter of factly deals with the situations.Second because the problem she solves is the government solution,the move to Arthurdale. Even though she must leave her best friend and [...]


    • The story was written very simple, the hardships that Willa Laura Lowell endured,what caught my attention was the exposure to literature within a piece of literature! Where Willa met with Miss Grace and read all the books and poems she could ever wanted from the Mission. Though Willa and her family were struggling with the Depression, there was always light at the end of the tunnel. It's heart-warming and lovely, a must-read for those who have been hurt and in need of escape.


    • One the one hand, I'm sorry I've waited so long to read Gretchen's book. On the other hand, reading it in a time of recession, just before an election is a great idea. Perfect sense of place and time.***And extra special kudos to Gretchen for doing something I wish more authors, especially of historical works, would do: Web addresses for more info. I enjoy being able to look at photos or whatever afterwards.And, also, a great story.


    • Good story about Willa, set during the Depression. Good writing but not much happens. Poverty and prejudice are the complications.



    • The Miner's Daughter by Gretchen Moran Laskas is about the struggles and hardships that Willa Lowell and her family go through in the small town of Riley Mines. Willa is only sixteen, but already has so much on her mind. In the beginning of the book, her mother is pregnant, and her condition continually goes downhill until she goes into labor. Willa has to take on a lot of the work that was previously her mother's, which she is not used to. When her mother finally has her baby and recovers, Wil [...]


    • The Miner's Daughter by Gretchen Moran Laskas was an enjoyable story about a young girl who lived through the Great Depression. The story was also about the hope her and her family kept thourghout this rough time. It is about a girl named Willa who lives in a small mining town called Riley. The Depression hit Riley hard. The mines closed down and everyone was out of work. Willa's father and brother now cannot support their family of seven. To try to help with the money problems her father and br [...]


    • How refreshing to find a book for ages 12 and up that is not filled with anything scary other than information about the coal mines and workers during the The Great Depression. Willa is a young teenager living with her family in West Virginia. She is bright, but lacking in formal education. Miss Grace enters her life and brings with her the gift of books. Willa starts to learn and memorize Whitman's Leaves of Grass. Her mind is expanding exponentially. The story is enough to spark the interest o [...]


    • This book was very good, and exciting. As one can tell from the title it is about a miner’s daughter living in a place for miners called: The Riley Mines. This book really caught my attention and made me not want to put it down because of its characters and their roles in the book. This book was non-fiction yet fiction in both ways, since the author was writing the book with half facts and making up the story. But at the same time the life of these people in general are true and realistic. I a [...]


    • Historical fiction. Subjects: Depression, 1929, West Virginia; coal mines and mining; Arthurdale, WV. Tells the story of Willa Lowell, a coal miner's daughter. Oh my gosh--the horrible living conditions in the fictitious Riley Mines coal town especially after the mines are shut down. Willa befriends missionary, Miss Grace, who establishes a small library in the town. Through books and her writings, Willa imagines a life outside of the poverty of Riley Mines. This new life eventually comes to the [...]


    • Willa Laura Lowell (how can you not love that name?) is a 16-year-old girl living in a West Virginia coal mining town during the Depression. When the mine closes, her father and older brother find dangerous work that takes them away from home. Meanwhile, Willa goes to work herself disguised as a boy, although she doesn't deceive her brother's handsome friend. She also becomes friends with Miss Grace, an educated, well-dressed missionary lady who introduces Willa to novels and poetry. Thanks to M [...]


    • I have been on a fantasy-science fiction kick for a few months now. I picked this book up from the library on a total whim, and then it sat and sat and sat in my to-read bin. I ran out of books to read on my snow day and opened this book as a last resort. (Scene: Me flopping on the couch with a major sigh, knowing that this isn't going to be worth it) BUT I COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN!!! It was just a sweet story of a young woman living life in the Depression. I really enjoyed it. I always wonder after [...]


    • I think the part of this book that I felt the most was the circumstance. The thought of the mining town and a community that existed just to mine, homes and lives stipulated by "the Man", intrigued me into an almost submissive state. I started imagining pod-type-communities kind of like hunger games districts, (only smaller) and felt a deeper sense of government and the importance of elected officials. The Eleanor Roosevelt bit was a fun surprise. It had some disappointing moments, incorporated [...]


    • EEEK I loved this book! After reading it I came away with such a good feeling. I wasn't really sure what to expect. It's part historical fiction, part love story, part about growing up in general, which is always hard to do no matter your circumstances and part sticking with your family even when that takes you far away from the place you call home. If you are looking for a feel good book look no further also I love it when authors write about somthing that could have actually happened in the re [...]


    • The Miner's Daughter, by Gretchen Moran Laskas, is the story of Willa Lowell, a teenager in a coal mining camp town in West Virginia during the Great Depression. The various conflicts in her life (she loves to read and write, but lives in a world without books or opportunities for further education; she's fighting to keep her family together and financially afloat amidst great hardship; even good fortune is not without its blemishes) play out in a story that's somewhat simple, but still pleasing [...]


    • Willa Lowell lives in a West Virginia mining camp during the Depression. She is a bright and motivated 16-year-old who wants more from life, but doesn’t know what “more” might offer. An altruistic young librarian introduces her to books, a neighbor falls in love with her, and Eleanor Roosevelt offers Willa’s family the opportunity to live at Arthurdale, a planned community for poor miners’ families. Laskas does a good job on period history through the details of Willa’s life, and giv [...]


    • This book is really great, it is talking about the hardships that people had to go through during The great Depresion. How everyone in the family has to pitch in some how and all work together.Willa tried so hard to keep in touch with her father and her brother when they go off to hawks nest. Trying to keep the family running while finding a new friend to talk and hang out with(Ms Grace).This book kept me at the edge of my seat, and always was wanting for more, couldnt put this one down!its grea [...]


    • I was somewhat reluctant to read this book because I feared it would be predictably sad, but I was curious because my uncle was a coal miner in West Virginia. I was pleasantly surprised by this novel. It's uplifting rather than depressing as Willa struggles to take care of her family and figure out what she wants out of life. I especially liked how roles for women were portrayed and how Willa learn about life through books.


    • This book was just OK - I didn't like it as much as The Midwife's Tale. It seemed to be written more for younger readers - maybe the junior high age group? So: the good news is: it provided me with a great book to base my lesson plan on for the young adult literature course that I'm taking right now. It is a good homage to the plight of West Virginians, and it's pretty cool how it talks about actual places in north central WV.


    • This was an interesting read, getting a look at the Great Depression from the perspective of a family of coal miners in a rural town. I liked Willa as a narrator for the most part, and I think the author did a good job of showing her growth as she matured into a young woman looking for a little more than what her life had to give up to that point. I liked that things weren't tied up into a neat little bow at the end - Willa still has a wide future before her, full of choices.


    • Even though it was sad to read about real life in the mining camps and all the hardships, this book was refreshing in that it stayed true to life's events. I was impressed to read how Mrs. Roosevelt got involved in the people's lives, not just being on a committee. She was an amazing woman. The characters in this book each wanted something different according to their age. It was a pleasure to see that no one was held back from their own dream.


    • What a strong female hero! It felt like a coming-of-age story that drew me in. The main character learns about life from a scant few books in the Mission and finds solace in poetry. I enjoyed envisioning what she learned from those poems and questioned how I interpret them too. Also, the author painted a harsh picture of poverty in the Depression that made me feel grateful for the simplicities of life.


    • I almost gave up on this book at about the halfway point. Not much happens and even though it does describe the hardships of a mining family, I never got a sense of how bad their suffering was. I never felt connected to the characters. It picks up a little toward the end, but things happen for the family unbelievably fast. The author even admits that in her notes. I've read other much more heart-wrenching stories about mining families.


    • Willa is a teenager living in a coal town during the Depression. Needless to say, she's more than poor. While this book could have been a sobfest, or a brutal reminder to everyone to be grateful for what we have (like running water) it was thankfully neither. While not a page turner, it was solid historical fiction with a focus on how important book learning is, a sure hook for all the bookworms out there, myself included.


    • An eye opener as to how difficult life was in Virginia for families who worked the coal mines.I enjoyed the picture it painted of life for those in poverty and how families coped. I also liked the added part with Pres. Roosevelt's wife coming to see conditions and taking action to relieve the poor.I enjoyed the book.


    • I enjoy books with strong female protagonists who go against the grain. However, I can't help but feel that I've read this story over and over again in my book discussion group selections. (Dirt-poor but whip-smart Appalachian girl meets up with a big-city female mentor who transforms her future into one of education and opportunity.)


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