Slowpoke the Bell Island Mine Horse

Heather Smith

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ISBN: 9781774710241

Slowpoke the Bell Island Mine Horse

  Author:   Heather Smith  
  Artist :   Genevieve Simms    
  Publisher:  Nimbus Publishing Limited

A heartwarming picture book about an iron ore – mine horse and a timid young miner in Bell Island, Newfoundland, from award-winning author of Mr. Hirota’s Garden and The Agony of Bun O’Keefe

Out in Conception Bay, on the northern Avalon Peninsula of Newfoundland and Labrador, sits tiny Bell Island, a tight-knit community where iron ore has been mined for centuries. Slowpoke The Bell Island Mine Horse tells the story of eleven-year-old Jimmy, who enters the mine in place of his father, who died in a tragic accident years earlier. To help support his family, Jimmy must overcome his fear of the underground space, the unrelenting darkness, the rumble of tramcars, and the clang-clang-clang of pickaxes. He’s not sure he’s cut out for a miner’s life until one day, his lamplight illuminates a beautiful horse named Slowpoke, with ears soft as velvet. The two soon find they have more in common than they could have dreamed, and when tragedy rears its head again, it’s up to Slowpoke and Jimmy to save the day.
From the award-winning author of The Agony of Bun O’Keefe, Slowpoke the Bell Island Mine Horse is a heartwarming tale of friendship and family, and offers the gritty story of the mining life — for both humans and horses — in nineteenth-century Newfoundland and Labrador.

Details and Specs
ISBN associated with this title: 9781774710241
Item NB1478
PublisherNimbus Publishing Limited
PublisherNimbus Publishing Limited
Published on October 26 2021
Language eng
Pages 32
Format Hardcover
Dimensions8(in) x 10(in)
Shipping weight345(g)
Originally from Newfoundland, Heather Smith now lives in Waterloo, Ontario. Her middle-grade novel, Ebb & Flow, was shortlisted for the 2018 Governor General's Literary Award and was the winner of the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award. Her picture book The Phone Booth in Mr. Hirota's Garden was recently named the winner of the 2019 Freeman Book Award for Children's Literature. Heather has written several other books for young people including the award-winning, The Agony of Bun O'Keefe. Heather's Newfoundland roots inspire much of her writing.

Genevieve Simms studied illustration at the Alberta College of Art and Design and recently completed her Masters in Architecture at the University of Toronto. She has produced illustrations for a variety of clients throughout North America since 2006. Genevieve is from St. John's, Newfoundland, and currently lives in Toronto with her husband, Josh Holinaty, who is also an illustrator. They share a home with a mostly-beagle named Jack.

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"The stories are scary. They are spooky and eerie. They have all the essentials of tales which will keep you on the edge of your seat and cause you to wonder just what unknown and unseen beings might inhabit our world. Cotter uses wonderful stories from previous generations and presents them in a way that current young adult readers will understand and appreciate. Much of the charm of the book is that the stories are not of the horror genre. They are just great spine-tingling tales." —Canadian Review of Materials (Winnipeg, MB)