The Boarding House

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The lives of eleven-year-old Emmie Hynes and her twelve-year-old brother, Conrad are changed forever when a tragic mining accident kills their beloved Papa. Forced to bid a numb farewell to their home and friends in Butte, Montana, they move into a dilapidated boarding house in a small town across the mountains. When Mama finally gets the boarding house, shined up and running smoothly, and Emmie and Conrad are beginning make friends, have adventures, and fit into their new community, a financial crisis threatens them with homelessness. Join Emmie and Conrad in the tumultuous world flavored with political intrigue, the fight for women s suffrage, dangerous mining practices, and labor conflicts in 1914.

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Marcia Melton is a librarian and former teacher. Her family history in Montana echoes back to the 1880s. She lives and writes in Arizona and Montana. She most enjoys writing historical fiction for children.

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The Boarding House, by Marcia Melton, is a wonderful work of historical fiction, compelling and well told. By telling a story that both entertains and informs, it serves as an excellent example of the best in historical fiction. The Boarding House allows children to see how history both shapes people and is shaped by them, while also helping children make connections to their own present day lives. ----Jaime H. Herrera, Professor of Children's Literature, Mesa Community College, Arizona

The winds of change sweeping through a 1914 drafty boarding house seek to destroy the fragile support of a young widow and her children following the unnecessary loss of a beloved husband and father. Conrad, thirteen, is drawn to increasingly undesirable behaviors. Eleven-year-old Emmie, quieter than her red braids, has no idea that she is a younger version of Jeannette Rankin who led the Montana Suffragette Movement giving the vote to Montana Women.
The suspenseful story line is set in the rough mining town of Butte, Montana and the gentler Philipsburg.
Marcia Melton is not only intimate with the history of her native Montana, but her fast-paced writing will hold the attention of middle-school readers, and there just might be adults caught reading it from cover to cover. ----Bonnie Buckley Maldonado, author

Marcia Melton has brought us the winning tale of a young girl living under difficult circumstances in Philipsburg, Montana during the early days of the last century. In a series of vignettes, we follow Emmie Hynes as she copes with the struggles of her widowed mother to provide a living for the family while running a boarding house. We learn of the mother's attempts to recover money from the Company for the death of Emmie's father in a mine accident. Emmie follows with enthusiasm the blossoming suffrage movement and joins in admiration of celebrity suffragette, Jeannette Rankin. Emmie's interaction with her brother and other children of her age are beautifully and realistically portrayed. A wonderful book for any child or adult to read. ----Jim Moore, author of Ride the Jawbone and Election Day

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