Name of children's book about time travel/potato famine/smoking chimney/wolves?
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Asked by: aliciak-ga
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26 Sep 2003 10:25 PDT
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Question ID: 260519
What is the name of this children's/teens book I read in 1987-88? First let me say, this is NOT the book "Grave" by James Heneghan...it sounds alot like it, but it couldn't have been because I read this book prior to 1990, probably around 1987-88. It was hardcover, maybe 9"x7". I got it from the Rogers City, MI library and did a book report on it when I was in 8th grade. It is about a young boy who went somewhere for summer vacation (maybe grandparents?) and he was bored. He went exploring and found some old smokestacks or chimneys coming out of the ground and he went down in one (I think they were chimney's...maybe mineshafts?). He went thru the underground tunnel and found a big cave with a cottage in the cave. The boy was confused about where the smoke went from their cottage chimney. There were people living in the cave, they were very pale and thin. Lack of sunlight and food. He became friends with them, they said they were down there because of the potato famine. The boy thought that was weird because there was no famine in his current timeperiod. I think when he went down there he kinda went back in time. He kept visiting them and for some reason he wanted to bring them topside. The people were scared to cross through the tunnel because of the "wolves" in the dark. When they do get above ground they start to age very rapidly...the underground cave somehow preserved them in time. I think at the end of the book the boy is very sad because he is trying to cross a lake with one of the girls from underground and she is dying on him because she is aging so quickly. It is possible that the family was somehow related to the boy. Please help me figure out what book this is, I'm starting to think I dreamed it up and though it was a book.
Re: Name of children's book about time travel/potato famine/smoking chimney/wolv
Answered By: juggler-ga on 26 Sep 2003 11:10 PDT
Hello. Your book was almost certainly "The Mine of Lost Days" (1974) by Marc Brandel. The book has the main elements that you describe: a boy who fell into chimney, time travel, caves (technically mines). The setting in Ireland would explain the connection with the potato famine. Here's the description from the Library of Congress catalog: " On a visit to Ireland, Henry falls into a "haunted" copper mine, and discovers that he and his new friends can travel into the past." http://catalog.loc.gov/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?v3=1&DB=local&CMD=010a+74008051&CNT=10+records+per+page The chimney part is confirmed in this description on Abebooks.com: "The story of a boy who falls down a mine chimney into the past and if he changes anything he could change everyone's future." http://dogbert.abebooks.com/abe/BookDetails?bi=84860534 Buy the book from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/stores/offering/list/-/0397315872/all/ Or half.com: http://half.ebay.com/cat/buy/prod.cgi?cpid=2960377 Or Alibris: http://www.alibris.com/search/search.cfm?qwork=4376535&matches=10&qsort=p search strategy: LOC catalog: time travel, ireland I hope this helps.
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