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THE MINE

Sara Lövestam

  • Original Title: GRUVAN
  • Publication date: August 2018
  • Publisher: Lilla Piratförlaget
  • Country: SE
  • 208 print pages
  • Drama

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  • Epoch: Mixed
  • Time Period: 19th century, 21st century
  • Location setting: Sweden
  • Themes: PEOPLE facing life, Looking back on one's life, Facing failure, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Solidarity, Commitment, PEOPLE facing the extraordinary, Manipulation, Injustice, Poverty, Discriminations, Capitalism, Power, CHARACTERS, Child

Pitch

Ellen spends the summer in Utö. In a shed on the summer cottage's plot she finds a hidden book. It turns out to be twelve-year-old Anton's diary, from 1848, a time when children worked in the iron mine on the island. Ellen follows Anton dramatic fate day by day and discovers an unsolved mystery. Can she solve it, many years later?

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Nominated for the Spårhunden 2018

Pitched as Greta Thunberg meets Clive King’s STIGG OF THE DUMP

Sara Lövestam is a Swedish teacher for immigrants and a prolific author of YA, middle grade, love stories and crime fiction, all of which put LGBTQI characters front and center. She has received the Swedish Book Championship Prize for FLICKAN BAKOM FISKEN.

Summary

THE MINE is a middle grade novel where past and present meet on an idyllic Swedish island with a dark history. Two children, a modern day tourist (Ellen) and an iron miner from the 1800s (Anton), turn out to have more in common than it first appears – as Anton's heartbreaking diary leads Ellen on an epic mission for justice and redress.

Ellen spends summers with her siblings, her father and his new wife (whom she hates) on the tranquil island of Utö. Beside their cottage stands an old shed. Her siblings tease her with tales of the Island Boogieman, tales she believes when one night she hears mysterious scratching on the shed's wall. The next day, she explores the shed further and finds a dusty book and gold clock. The book was written in 1848, by a 12-year-old boy named Anton. Ellen learns that Anton lived on Utö long before tourism existed - when its residents were miners. Anton's family suffered at the hands of a tyrannical mine owner. At school, Anton feared the day he too would have to work in the mines. One day, his teacher told him that he would get a scholarship, because his dream was to become a writer. However, his dream gets crushed when the mine owner convinces his teacher not to recommend him for the scholarship. He is left devastated and decides to go to the owner's house to talk to him, where he overhears a conversation between the owner and his son that convinces him he will never get his scholarship. In anger, he grabs a gold clock in the hallway and flees. Anton hides the clock and decides to wait until his deed is forgotten – thinking that he can one day sell it and pay for his education. But when he is just 14 years old, he tragically dies in the mines.
Ellen is deeply moved by Anton's story and is spurred into action. She creates an exhibition about Anton and his book, in cooperation with the local museum, called "The real Island Boogieman". She also finds the golden clock. The living relatives of the evil mine owner decide to buy the clock from her, and she uses the money to educate children still working in mines all around the world.

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  • Author’s biography

    Sara Lövestam is a Swedish teacher for immigrants and a prolific author of YA, middle grade, love stories and crime fiction, all of which put LGBTQI characters front and center. She writes for the gay magazine QX. She has received the Swedish Book Championship Prize for FLICKAN BAKOM FISKEN. Her works include TILLBAKA TILL HENNE, HJÄRTA AV JAZZ, SANNING MED MODIFIKATION and GRUVAN.