The Miner’s Daughter by Gretchen Moran Laskas

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During the Depression, times were unpredictable, suffering, and a difficult struggle. Many families fought to just make it through a winter, a month, or even a week.

During the Depression, times were unpredictable, suffering, and a difficult struggle. Many families fought to just make it through a winter, a month, or even a week. Work and food were in great need. All these things are what sixteen year old, Willa Lowell and her family go through. The Depression has especially hit their small West Virginia coal town hard. With their struggle, Willa has to grow up fast, to help her mother around the house and with her younger siblings. Although things seem to be set in stone for Willa's life, that doesn't stop her from dreaming and setting goals. However, when Miss Grace, a missionary, comes to Willa's town with her library, Willa's life starts to take a turn. From loving to read, to falling in love, to finding out about the corrupt things in life, she experiences all these things.

 

Willa discovers what life is about and how she can choose her role in it, in "The Miner's Daughter" by Gretchen Moran Laskas. This book really describes the hard times families went through during the Depression. Laskas illustrates life through the Depression through the Lowell family. She tells about the hunger they feel, the sadness they suffer, and most importantly the love that keeps them strong. All through this, Laskas tells about the strong and intelligent Willa, who isn't happy settling for less. She wants her family to have enough food and a better life without the threats of her brother and father getting sick from the mines. Along with that, Willa loves to read more than anything. Through the Lowell family and their friends, the reader really experiences their struggles, happiness, and life.

 

What I personally really enjoyed about this book, was how it really was insightful to life during the Depression, by being a story of a girl's life and not a history book. I also liked that the main character was a girl who loved to read and even write, so I was able to relate. Girls would probably be most interested in this book and would probably relate and be inspired by it most.

 

I would say this book is most appropriate for kids grades 4th through 8th. If you like stories set during historic times or intriguing dramas, then you'll enjoy reading, "The Miner's Daughter" by Gretchen Moran Laskas.