January 1905 by Katharine Boling

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The winter has been a tough one for Pauline and Arlene's family. Though only eleven, the twin girls are old in too many ways: They know what it is to work to exhaustion, to be hamstrung by longing, to be blind with hate.

Pauline labors from dawn to dusk alongside the other members of her family at the local cotton mill, and wishes she could stay home like her sister. Meanwhile, crippled Arlene takes care of all the housework and cooking, dreaming of one day working at the mill and earning money and respect. Each is certain that the other has the easy life, but each discovers how wrong she is as this extraordinary debut novel unfolds.
 

About Katharine Boling

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KATHARINE BOLING (1949-2002) was a native of South Carolina. She was inspired to write January 1905 after seeing the muckraking photographs of child laborers taken by Lewis Hines in the early years of the twentieth century.
 
Published May 1, 2004 by Harcourt Children's Books. 176 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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An elegant structure and carefully observed details of textile mill village life at the turn of the 20th century mark this first novel about twin 10-year-old girls.

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