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A Difficult Boy

(2008)
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Riveting historical fiction from a debut novelist about the friendship that grows between two young indentured servants, one of them Irish, as they struggle to survive their harsh master in nineteenth century New England. It is 1839, Nine-year-old Ethan does not want to work for Mr. Lyman, the wealthy shopkeeper in their small Massachusetts' town. But Ethan has no choice--it is the only way to pay off his family's debt to the man. Ethan tries to befriend the Lymans' other indentured servant, but Daniel, as everyone says, is a difficult boy. Sixteen years old, Irish, and moody, Daniel brushes off Ethan as if he were a pesky gnat. Ethan resolves to ignore the brusque older boy, but is then shocked to see how cruelly Mr. Lyman's blows, and the two boys have only each other. Will Ethan be able to save his friend? And will others finally have the courage to do what is right for this not-so-difficult boy?

    

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Hardback Editions

April 2008 : USA Hardback
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Title: A Difficult Boy
Author(s): M P Barker
ISBN: 0-8234-2086-8 / 978-0-8234-2086-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Holiday House
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Paperback Editions

July 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: A Difficult Boy
Author(s): M P Barker
ISBN: 0-8234-2244-5 / 978-0-8234-2244-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Holiday House
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA