Candle Dark

By Carole Anne Carr

Children's, Historical fiction | Paperback


Joshua was nearly eleven and he'd worked down the Blists Hill coal pit since he was seven and a bit. He hated it down there. He hated working in the dark, he hated the rats and the stink of the tunnels, and he especially hated it when the mine flooded and his wet boots rubbed his feet raw. Then on the day that Bradley the horsekeeper gave him another beating so bad he ached all over, he made up his mind to run away and find work on the Severn trows. But what would happen to poor Drummer, left behind in the dark? What would happen to his mum and sisters if he left them to the mercy of the evil Isaac Whitlock? And how could he sail to Bristol, when his dad had been set to work in the most dangerous part of the mine? Afraid of the river gangs and worrying about his dad, Joshua must decide whether to run for his life, or to stay in Coalport and try to protect his family.


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Joshua was nearly eleven and he'd worked down the Blists Hill coal pit since he was seven and a bit. He hated it down there. He hated working in the dark, he hated the rats and the stink of the tunnels, and he especially hated it when the mine flooded and his wet boots rubbed his feet raw. Then on the day that Bradley the horsekeeper gave him another beating so bad he ached all over, he made up his mind to run away and find work on the Severn trows. But what would happen to poor Drummer, left behind in the dark? What would happen to his mum and sisters if he left them to the mercy of the evil Isaac Whitlock? And how could he sail to Bristol, when his dad had been set to work in the most dangerous part of the mine? Afraid of the river gangs and worrying about his dad, Joshua must decide whe...


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Living in Shropshire, I write historical fiction for older children, suitable for Key Stage 2/3 and an African folk tale illustrated by children. I have just completed my first fantasy that moves into Norse Mythology and is set in the Shropshire village of Tong. At the moment, I am writing the sequel to Candle Dark, to be called River Dark, and set on the River Severn. Candle Dark is a story about a pit pony driver in Blists Hill in the late 18th century, an exciting adventure suitable for Key Stage 2, and available online and at the Museum Book Shop in the Victorian Village at Blists Hill. I have further books planned for the Wolf and the Task Bearer Series, and I am looking forward to writing more adventure stories about the places I visited when taking children on environmental study trips around Shropshire. Now undertaking book tours, school visits, and Speaker at W.I. and other venues. Member of the Society of Authors


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Living in Shropshire, I write historical fiction for older children, suitable for Key Stage 2/3 and an African folk tale illustrated by children. I have just completed my first fantasy that moves into Norse Mythology and is set in the Shropshire village of Tong. At the moment, I am writing the sequel to Candle Dark, to be called River Dark, and set on the River Severn. Candle Dark is a story about...


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