The Coal Thief

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  • Title: The Coal Thief
  • Author: Alane Adams Lauren Gallegos
  • ISBN: 9781940716275
  • Page: 173
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 , 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 tBrrr 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 , 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 USA Best Book Awards Children s Picture Book Hardcover Fiction, Finalist

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  • Alane Adams Lauren Gallegos

    Dear Readers I wrote the Legends of Orkney series for my twelve year old son who challenged me to write something he would enjoy reading The Red Sun is filled with exciting characters who struggle to find their true path Sam learns so much about his past and how to overcome his anger, but will he continue to use his power for good or will he be drawn to the dark side I hope you enjoy reading the Legends of Orkney series as much as I enjoyed writing them for you The picture book series are dedicated to my father, the original Coal Thief Keep reading Alane AdamsAlane Adams grew up in an old Quaker town called Whittier in Southern California Adams attended Whittier High School and was active in every possible sport including basketball proudly claiming the nickname Breakaway Adams and swimming and diving For college, Alane attended the University of Southern California where she wanted to be an English major, but family convinced her to become an accountant to help run a family business After spending the next few decades helping to build one of the largest recycling companies on the West Coast, Alane left the family business behind to pursue her writing career Before launching into writing full time, Alane began teaching full time at a local university Finally, the Legends of Orkney series was born when her then 12 year old son challenged Alane to write a book he could read She hasn t stopped writing since that day.Alane s favorite books include any story involving folklore, fantasy and fairytales When Alane is not writing or teaching, she is hanging out with her three boys, each who have grown up having adventures to rival those of her characters Find out at AlaneAdams

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  • Alane Adams picture book "The Coal Thief" is set in a 1920's - Depression Era town where a biting winter has made life difficult for the townsfolk. Georgie, our narrator, wakes up one morning to find that the house has run out of coal. However, egged on by his friend Harley, Georgie and Harley go to the train yards. One train is filled with "black gold" and the boys devise a scheme to get a wheelbarrow full of coal. However, once the train starts moving, it's Georgie who is left trapped under a [...]


  • This book teaches children not to steal and that being selfless can make you feel good. I loved this story. Growing up I lived by train tracks and the coal trains were my favorite. I loved watching them pass by and this book reminded me of that.


  • "The Coal Thief" by Alane Adams gave me too many feelings. Ah, I admired the main characters and his father - well, especially his father. This storybook was about selflessness and kindness. An amazing read. My actual rating for this was 4.5/5 stars.


  • Wonderful!A beautifully, touching story about right, wrong, and giving back! Wonderfully written, and with stunning pictures, this one is sure to please!


  • This beautifully illustrated book is a sweet story, but it almost comes across as saying it was ok the boy stole the coal because he gave it away. not as anti-thievery as I'd hoped.


  • Even though the boy stole the coal. He did not keep it for himself. He shared it with the rest of the town.



  • This books helps expose children to the values of right versus wrong. In the classroom, will help students think about if stealing is right if it is to help someone.


  • The Coal ThiefBy: Alane AdamsThe Coal Thief is perfect and polished in so many ways and for so many reasons. You will be moved before you even open the cover. The young boy with his big brown eyes and arms full of coal will capture the hearts of young and old. Every illustration brings a part of history to life with the abundance of details. My second-grade students notice something new every time they read it. The Coal Thief is an ideal cross-curricular, multiple grade-level mentor text.• Lan [...]


  • The Coal Thief by Alane Adams is a children's picture book set in 1920s Pennsylvania. It is winter, and Georgie's family is obviously struggling. Georgie is cold, they have no coal in the stove and his toes are poking through his boots. When his friend Harley stops by to take him on an adventure, Georgie goes along. Harley's 'adventure' turns out to be Georgie stealing coal from a passing train. When the train starts up again and Georgie is stuck in the coal car, he is scared of what will happen [...]


  • I received a copy of The Egg Thief and The Coal Thief from the author for an honest review.These books are a wonderful peek into America’s past.I love a story with a good moral, and both of these books certainly teach us a thing or two. They show us that even though circumstances may be difficult, and may seem beyond our control, if we help others we will help ourselves.My daughter loves trains, so her favourite was obviously The Coal Thief. This book led us to quite a few discussions about wh [...]


  • Two children from poor families set out one morning to steal some coal from a rail car. After throwing some of the coal over the side, the train starts to move and one kid gets stuck in the coal pile. As luck would have it, the boy's father worked at the rail yard and saw his son climb into the car. The boy's father was able to free his son before the train departed. With the train gone they are unable to return the coal. What will they do with the coal?This was an electronic text read by Christ [...]


  • Georgie is cold one morning in the 1920's with no coal to heat his house. When his friend Harley comes over and tells him they are going on an adventure, with a wheel barrel, he isn't quite sure what he means. When the coal train from Virginia drives by, it starts to become clear to Georgie what Harley intended. While Georgie and Harley try to steal coal, he falls in! Luckily his dad comes by to save him just in time. As the train takes off, Georgie's dad lectures him about how it is wrong to st [...]


  • I thoroughly liked this book and the history that it included. It's the 1920s and a boy named Georgie wakes up in Pennsylvania to find out that there is no coal to heat his farmhouse and there is no money to buy anymore coal. His friend Harley, takes him on an adventure to find "black gold" and ends up in huge trouble. This story could be used to teach the valuable lessons of honesty. Georgie sees that stealing is wrong and understands that giving is much more kind. Teachers could show the stude [...]


  • After rescuing Georgie from personal peril (when Georgie helps a friend break the law), his father sternly, but lovingly, uses the event to help him learn compassion and generosity toward others. This young rascal will capture your heart as he learns about taking responsibility for his decisions and true friends. This is an award-winning, touching, story about farm life in the 1920's. The illustrations are captivating and poignant, vividly showing both the reality of their condition and [...]


  • This was a very cute and heartwarming book. It showed that everyone has good in them and you just need to surround yourself around the right people. It is a good book to use in the classroom or during story time to teach about sharing and compassion. It helps teach students that not everyone has the same things they do and could really help get the idea of giving and the importance of being kind out to young students.


  • A classic "robbing from the rich to give to the poor" story. When Harley convinces Georgie to come with him to steal coal from an incoming train, he never imagines that Georgie might sink into the coal pile while doing so. Luckily, Georgie's Pa does, and he rescues his son. They deliver the stolen coal around town to help all their neighbors in town keep warm, leaving only 1 chunk for themselves.


  • This book does a wonderful job of showing the values of honesty and kindness. The child is taught by the example of his father, and he sees that stealing is wrong, and giving is a much more valuable act.I would use this in the classroom to teach understanding and the benefit of thinking of others in the community.


  • This book is about a young boy falling into peer pressure, and gets himself into a sticky situation. With the help of his father, he is able to learn from his mistakes and in return helps others in his community. This story would be great for students to see how giving is a much more valuable act than stealing or receiving. It could also be a great conversation starter for community service.


  • This is a very cute story about a boy and his friend who were trying to steal coal off a train, but ran into some trouble. The story takes a very interesting turn for the better! This would be a good book to show children that you can make a wrong right! This would also be good to read if they were doing a unit on the Great Drepression.


  • I loved how this book intertwined history with a simple touching story. I would definitely use this book in a social studies unit and dive deeper into the time period after focusing on the main message of the story.


  • A book about a child and his friend taking coal to keep warm. Use this book in the classroom to teach kids that good things can come out of bad situations and to take care of others who are struggling with the same problems as your family.


  • Sweet and sentimental book that tugs at the heart.This tale is also appropriate for the winter season as all can relate to cold weather this time of year.


  • Great illustrations, and has a very good story line/lesson. A very good story to teach about the wrongness of stealing, and also how to make the best of a bad situation.



  • This book focuses on the development of good character. This book exhibits the the important qualities of honesty and kindness and how to positively impact the community.


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