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Brrr! Georgie wakes up to a freezing morning in 1920s Pennsylvania and gets the bad news that there is no coal to heat the farmhouse―and he knows there is no money to buy more, either. Just after he finds this out, along comes his friend Harley, who drags him off on an adventure to find some mysterious “black gold.” Before Georgie can catch his breath, he’s in a pile of trouble―all the way up to his ears! Take a trip back in time and join Georgie in this heartwarming tale of mischief made and lessons learned in America’s storied past.

  • IPPY Awards Bronze Medal Picture Books
  • Moonbeam Children’s Awards Silver Medal Picture Books
  • USA Book Awards Picture Book Finalist
  • IndieFab Finalist Picture Books

Praise for The Coal Thief

A beautiful book in so many ways, The Coal Thief will leave an impression on many hearts for a long time to come.
Foreword Reviews
Going on our ‘keeper’ shelf – great book for kids with an awesome lesson.
Brooke Bumgardner
A beautifully illustrated, realistic slice of history with a likable, repentant thief as its hero.
Kirkus Reviews
This is an incredible, heart-warming story about learning hard lessons and making tough decisions.
Mrs. Mommy Booknerd
I love our time together with this wonderful book and believe my granddaughter will read it to her own children someday.
Allyson Lane

At a Glance

ISBN Number

Print Price

Age Range
4 – 8 years

Grade Level Range
3 – 7

Page Count
32 pages

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