Sunday, June 19, 2016
Curley is an orphan, cared for by his grandfather. He lost his whole family due to accidents caused by coal mining and yet his whole life revolves around the mining town and his mountain. When the coal mine comes into new ownership, not only must Curley learn to share his best friend with the miner's son but he must learn to use the words his pawpaw has given him to save his mountain.
I truly enjoyed this story. The words that mark every chapter were woven in nicely and it was good to see Curley develop his relationship with both JD and Jules. There were some aspects that I felt were too stereotypical - the coal mine owner for one but overall it was a well done story that may lead to questioning about mining techniques and debates over land use.