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The Crosscut

Story Stats

Rating: 4
Grade Level: 5
Page count: 10

Author

Lynne
Bowen

Appeared in

Winds Through Time: An Anthology of Canadian Historical Young Adult Fiction

Story Summary

Jamie can't wait to quit school and go to work in the Esplanade Coal Mine in Nanaimo, British Columbia, like his dad and his dad before him. But his mom wants him to get an education and have nothing to do with the mines. Unfortunately her fears are realized when Jamie's dad is killed in an explosion at the mine.