Donna Sauritch Basile and Christan Basile Jones’s newly released “The Breaker Boys” unravels a potent tale about poverty, labor, and life in the coal breakers

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“The Breaker Boys” from Christian Faith Publishing authors Donna Sauritch Basile and Christan Basile Jones holds a riveting story about young Christen Saurich, disguised as a boy, as she meets one person who will change their family’s depressing life in the mines.

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“The Breaker Boys”: a gripping narrative of hard work and desperate times that follows a young girl who has no choice but to take on grueling work just to help provide for her family after the death of her father. “The Breaker Boys” is the creation of published authors Donna Sauritch Basile and Christan Basile Jones, brilliant storytellers of impressive tales.

Basile and Jones share, “Scorned and rejected from an upper-class way of life because of a father’s pride, thirteen-year-old Christen Saurich and her family are uprooted and thrust into unsuspecting turmoil and intrigue awaiting them in a small town in Pennsylvania. Her father’s cousin, Heinri, along with his wife Anna and son Sam, help them settle in a small mining town where her father has taken a job.

“Shortly after her family moves to the coal patch, her father is killed in a mining accident. With nowhere to turn and no resources, Chris takes a job to help support her mother and sister, Gezzelle.

“Disguised as a boy, she takes a job in the coal breakers. It is 1899 when a blind eye is turned toward child labor and child abuse. It’s grueling work. She sits hunched over for hours, separating impurities from the newly mined coal while breathing in noxious dust.

“It is a noisy and filthy place. Many high-spirited boys lose their lives falling into the chutes, smothered by an avalanche of coal, or are mangled in the massive machinery.

“Fear, despair, and solitude become her teachers. Stern and relentless, she learns from them. Time pushes her forward into a stark and unforgiving way of life. Chris’s faith and unrelenting courage are consistently challenged. Foreboding times are approaching: influenza, devastating mine explosions, and finally a miners’ strike that leaves them in despair.

“Addie Paige comes into their lives, and everything changes. A new path is forged, and finally hope is within their grasp.”

Published by Christian Faith Publishing, Donna Sauritch Basile and Christan Basile Jones’s new book brings the readers an interesting novel filled with the heartfelt journey of a young girl who has to stand against the plights of life in 1899 Pennsylvania.

Within this book are hearts that have been challenged many times until a gleam of hope comes crashing into their lives.

View a synopsis of “The Breaker Boys” on YouTube.

Consumers can purchase “The Breaker Boys” at traditional brick & mortar bookstores, or online at, Apple iTunes store, or Barnes and Noble.

For additional information or inquiries about “The Breaker Boys,” contact the Christian Faith Publishing media department at 866-554-0919.

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