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Pinch River



SKU# 0816322503

By Helen Godfrey Pyke

ISBN: 0816322503 | 160 pages | Pacific Press Publishing Association | Copyright 2007

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Two years is a long time, Sven thought.

Sven didn’t wipe the tears running down his face. The stiff Baltic breeze took care of that. He strained to see his mother, sisters, and infant brother in the crowd on the shore. He and his father were sailing from Sweden to America. They had it all planned out. They would earn a good bit and find a farm and build a house so when Mama and the children came they’d have a home instead of a tenement. Meanwhile Mama and the children could live with Grandfather Oldstrom.

Sven was just twelve years old, but he was nearly as tall as his father. He could easily pass for fifteen. A year ago, he would have thought that his father was always right. Now he wasn’t sure.

It took eleven days to reach Baltimore harbor. From there, they took a train toward Chicago. They would get off before reaching the city. Companies were hiring loggers in South Bend, Indiana. They would sign up to go to work in Michigan in October. Until then, they would work in the fields.

The logging camp was often violent. Fights among the men were common. The drinking and gambling contributed to the violence. It was not the ideal place to grow up. But Sven soon learned that he had to act older than he was and work hard in order to gain the respect of the loggers.

It was a mercy that he didn’t know the hardships that still lay ahead, or the number of years that would pass before he saw his mother again. But through it all God was looking out for him and brought him to a place where he could learn of Him.

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Two years is a long time, Sven thought.

Sven didn’t wipe the tears running down his face. The stiff Baltic breeze took care of that. He strained to see his mother, sisters, and infant brother in the crowd on the shore. He and his father were sailing from Sweden to America. They had it all planned out. They would earn a good bit and find a farm and build a house so when Mama and the children came they’d have a home instead of a tenement. Meanwhile Mama and the children could live with Grandfather Oldstrom.

Sven was just twelve years old, but he was nearly as tall as his father. He could easily pass for fifteen. A year ago, he would have thought that his father was always right. Now he wasn’t sure.

It took eleven days to reach Baltimore harbor. From there, they took a train toward Chicago. They would get off before reaching the city. Companies were hiring loggers in South Bend, Indiana. They would sign up to go to work in Michigan in October. Until then, they would work in the fields.

The logging camp was often violent. Fights among the men were common. The drinking and gambling contributed to the violence. It was not the ideal place to grow up. But Sven soon learned that he had to act older than he was and work hard in order to gain the respect of the loggers.

It was a mercy that he didn’t know the hardships that still lay ahead, or the number of years that would pass before he saw his mother again. But through it all God was looking out for him and brought him to a place where he could learn of Him.

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AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY:

Helen Godfrey Pyke


Helen Godfrey Pyke has been teaching writing at Southern Adventist University (SAU) since 1987, where she sponsors SAU's Writers Club. Prior to that Helen taught elementary and secondary school. Her writing career began while she was still in college. Her first book, A Sword Unsheathed, was published in 1969. Helen has written and co-written several books over the years, including No Peace for a Soldier and Any Sacrifice But Conscience.

Helen is a native of northern Minnesota and a graduate of Walla Walla College. She is married to Teddie Pyke. Together they have three grown children and seven grandchildren. Their sons Greg and Doug are loggers in Alabama. Both Helen and her husband come from families historically involved in logging, which is the impetus for her most recent book Pinch River.

Gardening, historical research, and walking are Helen's passions. She loves to cook fresh produce from her garden as well as pizza and chocolate chip cookies which are as varied as the stories she writes.

 
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Alice

Fantastic Book about the Lumber Camps in Michigan late 1800's

This is an outstanding book.I the late 1800's a 12 year old Swedish boy who is very tall for his age and his dad come from Sweden to work on a farm and a logging camp to save money to buy a farm and bring mama and his 3 siblings from Sweden. Dad pays little attention to his son and begins drinking and gambling the money away. The boy gets hurt on the river pushes logs, gets a broken leg and his dad abandons him. HE is taken in by a woman with an abusive husband when he is 13 years and then a farm family who adopts him as their own. Does the boy bring mama and sister over to America? Read and see.
Outstanding book for any age. My brother and I both in our 60's read and loved this book.