A Difficult Boy

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by M.P. Barker

Hardcover ISBN: 978-0823420865
Paperback ISBN:  978-0823422449
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It’s 1839. Young Ethan Root doesn’t want to work for Mr. Lyman, the wealthy shopkeeper in their small Massachusetts town. But Ethan has no choice—it’s the only way to pay off his family’s debt to the man. Ethan tries to befriend the Lymans’ other indentured servant, but Daniel, as everyone says, is a difficult boy. Sixteen years old, Irish, and moody, Daniel brushes off Ethan as if he were a pesky gnat. Ethan resolves to ignore the brusque older boy, but is then shocked to see how cruelly Mr. Lyman treats Daniel. Soon, Ethan, too, is suffering Mr. Lyman’s blows, and the two boys have only each other, as no one comes to their aid. Their shared love for a horse helps the boys overcome their differences and forge a tentative friendship. But when they take a desperate measure to protect the horse they love, the boys set off a chain of events that could destroy them both.

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