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Coal River

Ellen Marie Wiseman

As a child, Emma Malloy left isolated Coal River, Pennsylvania, vowing never to return. Now, orphaned and penniless at nineteen, she accepts a train ticket from her aunt and uncle and travels back to the rough-hewn community. Treated like a servant by her relatives, Emma works for free in the company store. There, miners and their impoverished families must pay inflated prices for food, clothing, and tools while those who owe money are turned away to starve. Most heartrending of all are the breaker boys Emma sees around the village-young children who toil all day sorting coal amid treacherous machinery. Their soot-stained faces remind Emma of the little brother she lost long ago, and she begins leaving stolen food on families' doorsteps and marking the miners' bills as paid. Though Emma's actions draw ire from the mine owner and police captain, they lead to an alliance with a charismatic miner who offers to help her expose the truth. As the lines blur between what is legal and what is just, Emma must risk everything to follow her conscience.

As a child, Emma Malloy left isolated Coal River, Pennsylvania, vowing never to return. Now, orphaned and penniless at nineteen, she accepts a train ticket from her aunt and uncle and travels back to the rough-hewn community. Treated like a servant by her relatives, Emma works for free in the company store. There, miners and their impoverished families must pay inflated prices for food, clothing, and tools while those who owe money are turned away to starve. Most heartrending of all are the breaker boys Emma sees around the village-young children who toil all day sorting coal amid treacherous machinery. Their soot-stained faces remind Emma of the little brother she lost long ago, and she begins leaving stolen food on families' doorsteps and marking the miners' bills as paid. Though Emma's actions draw ire from the mine owner and police captain, they lead to an alliance with a charismatic miner who offers to help her expose the truth. As the lines blur between what is legal and what is just, Emma must risk everything to follow her conscience.
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As a child, Emma Malloy left isolated Coal River, Pennsylvania, vowing never to return. Now, orphaned and penniless at nineteen, she accepts a train ticket from her aunt and uncle and travels back to the rough-hewn community. Treated like a servant by her relatives, Emma works for free in the company store. There, miners and their impoverished families must pay inflated prices for food, clothing, and tools while those who owe money are turned away to starve. Most heartrending of all are the breaker boys Emma sees around the village-young children who toil all day sorting coal amid treacherous machinery. Their soot-stained faces remind Emma of the little brother she lost long ago, and she begins leaving stolen food on families' doorsteps and marking the miners' bills as paid. Though Emma's actions draw ire from the mine owner and police captain, they lead to an alliance with a charismatic miner who offers to help her expose the truth. As the lines blur between what is legal and what is just, Emma must risk everything to follow her conscience.

Language:

English

Narrators:

C.S.E. Cooney

Length:

11h 29m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

26:25


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

26:23


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

26:10


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

28:45


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

48:54


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

46:28


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

09:53


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

27:46


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

18:27


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:16


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

39:38


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

42:28


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

32:41


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

13:22


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

12:28


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

17:29


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

20:54


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

11:56


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

15:18


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

29:28


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

22:29


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:30


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

22:12


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

16:15


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

11:30


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

29:47


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

30:54


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

15:09


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

10:40


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

10:32


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:53


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:29