Billy Creekmore by Tracey Porter
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He is a motherless child,
a coal miner,
a circus star,
a con artist,
a seer,
a hero,
and a survivor.

This is the tale of Billy Creekmore, a young boy with mystifying powers and the gift of storytelling. But his life in the Guardian Angels Orphanage is cruel and bleak, and when a stranger comes to claim Billy, he sets off on an extraordinary journey. From the coal mines of West Virginia to the world of a traveling circus, he searches for the secrets of his past, his future, and his own true self.


About Tracey Porter

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Tracey Porter is the author of Treasures in the Dust and A Dance of Sisters. For the past twenty years she has been a middle school teacher at Crossroads School in Santa Monica, California, where, among other things, she has explored the issues of child labor, children's rights, and the juvenile justice system with
Published June 2, 2010 by HarperCollins. 336 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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Billy’s voice is distinct and engaging as he relates his story of being left as an orphan at the Guardian Angel Home for Boys, even though he gets postcards from his father regularly.

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In this fast-paced historical adventure set in 1905, Porter (A Dance of Sisters) propels the memorable 10-year-old narrator Billy on a rollicking and tense journey that includes a harsh upbringing in a Dickensian orphanage, a narrow escape from a career in the glassworks, a stint in a coal mine a...

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But Porter’s characters shine through the grime and gloom with hope and determination, especially the kindhearted and adventurous Billy Creekmore.Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman on June 26, 2007 Billy Creekmoreby Tracey Porter View all » |

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Las Vegas Review Journal

Ten-year-old Billy has been abandoned at the orphanage and his only way out is to work for a glass factory at a time when child labor laws and OSHA standards were not in existence.

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