Is it Only British Authors that Understand the Historical Spell of Mining History?

Two fascinating books:

Author:   Almond, David, 1951-
Title:        Kit’s Wilderness / David Almond
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, 2000
Edition: 1st American ed
Description: 229 p. ; 22 cm
Note: Originally published: Great Britain : Hodder Children’s Books, c1999.

Summary: Thirteen-year-old Kit goes to live with his grandfather in the decaying coal
mining town of Stoneygate, England, and finds both the old man and the town haunted by ghosts of the past.
The Watson family moves to the old coal-mining town of Stoneygate to care for Kit’s recently widowed grandfather. When Kit meets John Askew, another boy whose family had worked and died in the mines, he invites Kit to join him in playing a game called Death. Kit’s association with Askew takes him into the mines where the boys look for the childhood ghosts of their long-gone ancestors. Winner of the Michael L. Printz Award. Copyright © Libri GmbH

Audiobook: Kit’s wilderness [sound recording] / David Almond
New York : Random House/Listening Library, p2000
Note: Read by Charles Keating

Subjects: Coal mines and mining — Fiction; Ghosts — Fiction; Grandfathers — Fiction; Old age — Fiction; England — Fiction
Wiseman, David.
Title: Jeremy Visick / David Wiseman.

Publication Info. Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1981.

Summary: Twelve-year-old Matthew is drawn almost against his will to help a boy his own age who was lost in a mining disaster a century before.
Subjects: Time travel — Fiction; Miners — Fiction; Cornwall (England : County) — Fiction.

When Matthew Clemens ventured into the churchyard to gather information about the Cornish miners buried there, one gravestone in particular seemed to call his attention. The inscription was to Reuben Visick and his two eldest sons, all three killed in a mining accident more than a hundred years before. But below the inscription were the words that echoed again and again in Matthew’s head: “And to Jeremy Visick, His Son, Age 12, Whose Body Still Lies in Wheal Maid.”The lines were as clear to Matthew as if he’d heard them spoken. Night after night they drew him to the churchyard, or to the outbuilding behind the Clemens home, where Jeremy Visick had lived, until Matthew began to sense that somehow his destiny and Jeremy Visick’s were inexorably intertwined.Jeremy Visick is an irresistible and gripping adventure story about loyalty and one boy’s commitment to another across time.


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