30. May 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Historical Fiction, Joyce

A Difficult Boy by M P Barker, 294 pages, read by Joyce, on 05/17/2013

In this historical fiction story set in the 1839, nine year old Ethan is an indentured servant for a wealthy Massachusetts shopkeeper.  He endures hardship and humiliation that might shock juvenile readers of today.  The difficult boy, Daniel, becomes his friend.  They stick together through common misery of beatings and uncomfortable living.  Ethan learns skills that help their situation, but not without taking some wild chances.

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