Johnny Bell Baker

Johnny Bell Baker is a Chapter Book Series set in Western Pennsylvania in the 1890s before the Keating-Owen Child Labor Act of 1916.

Book 1: Johnny Bell Baker and the Coal Mine

Johnny goes to school like all the other young boys in town, until his father is injured in a mining accident. He has to earn company scrip to prevent his family from being evicted and the only work available is in the very same mine his father was hurt in. Johnny must overcome his fears to save his family’s way of life.




Winner of the 2021 SCBWI Karen Cushman Award


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