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Mending Horses
by M. P. Barker

(Holiday House, 2014)
ISBN: 978-0823429486
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Three outcasts – an Irish orphan, a roving peddler, and a child fleeing an abusive father – mend each other’s broken lives as they heal a circus’s mistreated horses.
2015 Banks Street College of Education “Best Children’s Books” list
 2014 Kirkus Prize nominee
2015 Booklist Top 10 Historical Fiction for Youth
2014 VOYA “Top Shelf” Reading List



COVERWITHSTICKER-for-webA Difficult Boy
by M.P. Barker

(Holiday House, 2008)
Hardcover ISBN: 978-0823420865
Paperback ISBN:  978-0823422449
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Their shared love for a horse brings together two indentured servants, who must overcome their differences to outwit their master and win their freedom.

2010-2011 William Allen White Award Master List
2008 International Reading Association Notable Book for a Global Society
2003 PEN New England Children’s Book Caucus Discovery Award winner


sis-prov-pic-for-web140 Years of Providential Caring: The Sisters of Providence of Holyoke, Massachusetts
by Tom Shea, Suzanne Strempek Shea, and Michele P. Barker

(Sisters of Providence, 2012)
ISBN: 978-0-9672840-1-9
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Co-authored with Tom Shea and Suzanne Strempek Shea. Written in celebration of the 140th anniversary of the Sisters’ arrival in Holyoke and the 120th anniversary of their incorporation as a congregation of the Springfield, Massachusetts, diocese, this book explores the history of a group of extraordinary women, from their roots in Montreal to the present.


chicopee-cover-for-webImages of America: Chicopee
by Michele Plourde-Barker

(Arcadia Publishing, 1998)
ISBN: 978-0738590066
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A pictorial history of a Western Massachusetts industrial community from its first settlement in the 1660s to the post-World War II era, featuring more than 200 vintage images.


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