It is 1914. Katie lives with her widowed
mother and four older siblings on the edge of a coal mine near the
river. Her young life is about to change. She must start school one
year early so Mama can work fulltime. Katie speaks Russian, but she
hardly knows any English words. She's shy, she doesn't know any
other children in the first grade, and she's a year younger than
everyone else. She wants to be brave and help her family. Can she
Rocked in The Cradle of Coal series: Children of the
was the cradle of the coal industry in the early 1900s. Immigrants
escaping poverty and hunger in Poland, Hungary, Ukraine, and other
countries were eagerly recruited by the anthracite mine barons to
provide cheap labor in exchange for the promise of a better life in
North America. Upon arriving in their new country, immigrants soon
discovered that the streets were not made of gold. Because they
were part of a vast low-skilled labor force and did not speak
English well (although they may have spoken three or four other
languages), they faced prejudice and were ridiculed with ethnic
With limited resources and a
language barrier that separated them from the mainstream culture,
these proud immigrants found strength in ethnic neighborhoods,
societies, and their faith. They persevered with a strong work
ethic, self-respect, and love for each other. Rocked in the Cradle
of Coal stories are based on fact although not politically correct
by today’s standards. The situations and conversations are purely a
product of oral tradition and the author’s imagination…but they
could have happened in any immigrant home at that time.
Book 2 in the series will be
coming out on February 7, 2023!
"What a great beach read for me
and my niece! She had a ball reading this to me, sounding out all
the new words and learning about a new culture. It’s rare these
days to come across a book that is educational, engaging, and
wholesome. This checks all the boxes.
Seeing the excitement in my niece’s eyes as she read this was
priceless. It brought up wonderful memories for me of the first
time I read Anne of Green Gables. My niece fell in love with Katie
the same way I did with Anne. Can’t wait for the next book in the
"I enjoyed reading this sweet
little story. And learning the meaning of the bold printed words in
the end. Thank you for such a sweet story. The way of life seemed
hard. And yet blessed at the same time... you will not be
disappointed if you stop by to visit Katie and her family."
"Thank you for bringing
memories of hearing stories “of de oldengg days, jaaa” of my great
grandparents' lives. I’m craving halushki, kielbasa, and perogies
Very well written story. I am
60 and greatly enjoyed the book. Jayne M. Booth's style reminds me
of my childhood favorite, Laura Ingalls Wilder.
This was a very good book and
can be enjoyed by adults and children alike.
Just the kind of book I would
have loved in elementary school... effortlessly taking me to a
different time and place, giving me a glimpse of another culture,
and making me fall in love with the main family of characters. This
one has earned a spot in my library for my grandkids.