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Out of the Deeps
By author: Anne Laurel Carter   Illustrated by: Nicolas Debon
Selling Points: "Coal mining, pit ponies, child labor "
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Oct/01/2008
Pages: 32
Picture Book
Price:  $19.95
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"Do you remember two years ago, the day you chose my pit pony in Christie's barn?" Dad asked.
Savino nodded. He'd liked the slender pony with the big shock of golden hair immediately.
"That one, Dad."
The pony whinnied, nodding his head, as if to say Good choice.
At first Dad was doubtful. "He's smaller than the others. And blind in one eye. A good pit pony can save a miner's life."

Like many children throughout Canada's history, Savino had to quit school when he was twelve to work and help his family. In Out of the Deeps, Savino spends his first day at the mine working alongside his father and Nelson, his father's pit pony. When Savino's headlamp goes out deep in the coal mine, Nelson leads Savino out of the danger.
Library Media Connection - May 1, 2009
"The author's smooth writing complements the artwork…An excellent choice for use in units on the history of child labor or coal mining. Recommended."
The Horn Book Guide - April 1, 2009
"Carter's story, based on an actual incident, earnestly depicts the challenges of being a miner; Debon's paintings effectively illustrate the cold, dark mines and Savino's fears."
Southwestern Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group - March 17, 2009
"The illustrations and the simple text make the story easy enough for young readers to understand Savino's emotions when he enters the mind and the dangers that he faces."
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books - February 3, 2009
"This is a pony story with a difference, and the heroic-animal tale has considerable absorbing tale."
School Library Journal - January 1, 2009
"Striking oil paintings in shadowy tones - sepia, brown, gray - are punctuated by the bold lines of the cart tracks and shaft supports that lead Savino into the depths and readers deeper into the story."
Tucson Unified School District - January 1, 2009
Midwest Book Review - January 1, 2009
"A striking picturebook, highly recommended for public library children's collections."
Canadian Teacher Magazine - January 1, 2009
"A fine addition to the body of excellent Canadian picture books that are superlative stories for children, beautiful works of art, and invaluable recordings of the history and culture of our country...Out of the Deeps deserves a place of honour on the bookshelves of Canadian picture book collectors and, of course, in school libraries and classrooms across the country."
CM Magazine - December 5, 2008
"Carter's storytelling is flawless and builds a superb sense of suspense and foreboding disquiet... [an] excellent and multifaceted story that presents informative and engaging insights into the dangers, drama, lifestyles, triumphs and history of mid-twentieth century Eastern Canadian coal mining children, adults, and their workhorses."
Resource Links - December 1, 2008
"The evocative writing captures the dramatic tension... [a] compelling book."


Resource Links "The Year's Best", commended  CA  2008
CLA Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award nominee, short-listed  CA  2009
CCBC Best Books, commended  CA  2010

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