Living on Sisu: The 1913 Union Copper Strike Tragedy

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To Twelve-year-old Emma Niemi, life may be hard, but it is basically good. She has finished sixth grade and is nearly a young lady. Her father pushes tram cars full of copper ore in a Calumet and Hecla mine and has saved almost enough money to buy land for a farm. In the summer of 1913, Emma's life, and the lives of everyone in the region, will be changed forever by a violent strike against the mining companies of Houghton and Keweenaw Counties of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. A friend whose father is not on strike will be forbidden to talk to her. Another will die in the terrible Italian Hall Tragedy on Christmas Eve. Only the character trait the Finnish people call "sisu" will help her and others in the region live through this terrible tragedy.

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Deborah Frontiera, who grew up in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, has lived in Houston, TX since 1985, and taught in public schools until 2008. Eric and the Enchanted Leaf: The First Adventure was an Honor book for the Texas State Reading Association’s Golden Spur Award in 2005. The second in that series, Eric and the Enchanted Leaf: A Visit with Canis Lupis, won the North Texas Book Festival’s children’s book award in 2007. These and two other books in the series, are “apps” for iPad, iTouch, etc. from Pic Pocket Books. In 2010, her middle grade book, Living on Sisu: The 1913 Union Copper Strike Tragedy, won First Place for historical fiction in the Purple Dragonfly Awards. Poems and articles have appeared in a variety of publications. She teaches part time for Writers In The Schools in the greater Houston area. View all her books on her website at: www.authorsden.com/deborahkfrontiera

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Frontiera is able to take those nameless faces from century-old photos and create for us living people--young people filled with fears and hopes in the wake of events that defined the history of Michigan's Copper Country. --James Kurtti, Editor of the Finnish American Reporter

I was fascinated with your story line and little Emma. Every page made me smile with memories of stories my mother and aunt and uncle had always told me and my own memories of my dear grandparents, immigrants from Finland to Calumet, MI in 1910. So, thanks a million for writing such a delightful book that parallels so many immigrant Finnish families in the Copper Country. --Annita Campbell

Living on Sisu took me back to the days growing up on my father's farm. I had always heard stories of the Italian Hall Tragedy, but Deborah's Book put me there on the scene. Superbly done! --Dr. Robert O. Nara, grandson of the photographer whos photos appear in the book

Deborah Frontiera s Living on Sisu: The 1913 Union Copper Strike Tragedy (the ABC s Press, Houston, Texas, 2009) is a compelling novel for young adult readers which follows the adventures and experiences of 12 year old Emma Niemi as her family and community are caught up in the 1913-14 Strike in the copper district of Michigan s Keweenaw peninsula. Frontiera has done an excellent job exploring the history of the strike through Emma s diary which follows all the key events and issues in the strike, including the false call of fire which caused the death of seventy three, primarily children, of those attending a Christmas Eve party for strikers families. I enjoyed reading the novel which, like many other fine pieces of children s literature (being a first place winner in 2010 in historical fiction of the prestigious Purple Dragonfly Awards for children s books), is able to transcend its chosen age group to be an interesting read for any who pick the book up. I think that the issues in the strike were treated respectfully and that the author was able to create a nuanced tale with a variety of very engaging characters. Check it out! --John Beck, Our Daily Work, Our Daily Lives, Michigan State University

Living on Sisu took me back to the days growing up on my father's farm. I had always heard stories of the Italian Hall Tragedy, but Deborah's Book put me there on the scene. Superbly done! --Dr. Robert O. Nara, grandson of the photographer whos photos appear in the book

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