Project Description

Teacher’s Guide

Finder, Coal Mine Dog

Part of Dog Chronicles

by Alison Hart
illustrated by Michael G. Montgomery

An action-packed and heartwarming story of a dog in the Cherry Mine disaster of 1909

When Thomas’s family needs money, he’s forced to go to work in the coal mines, even though neither of his late parents wanted that for him. His only comfort is his dog Finder, a failed hunting dog who now pulls a cart in the mines. When disaster strikes, can Thomas and Finder escape from the fires deep below ground?

In the third installment of their Dog Chronicles series, Alison Hart and Michael Montgomery bring readers an exciting tale exploring the roles that dogs played during the Cherry Mine disaster of 1909.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-860-8
Publication Date: 10/1/2015
Page Count: 160
Size: 5-1/2″ x 7-1/2″
Age Range: 7 – 10
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-1-68263-163-8
Publication Date: 2/1/2020
Page Count: 160
Size: 5-1/2″ x 7-1/2″
Age Range: 7 – 10
Language: English
Format: eBook
ISBN: 978-1-56145-766-3
Age Range: 7 – 10
Language: English

Purchase this eBook through the following vendors:

Barnes & Noble

AR Level: 4.4
F&P: GRL V, Gr 5, Genre F
Lexile: 660L
Themes: Mining, Bravery, American History
BISAC 1: JUV001010 JUVENILE FICTION / Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
BISAC 2: JUV016150 JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / United States / 20th Century
BISAC 3: JUV002070 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Dogs


“Well-told and entertaining…” ―Kirkus Reviews

“Suspenseful…” ―The Horn Book Guide


Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People ―National Council for the Social Studies, Children’s Book Council, 2016

Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Intermediate) – Kansas National Education Association, 2016

Paterson Prize for Books for Young People (Honor Book) – The Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College, 2016

Young Hoosier Book Award (Nominee, Intermediate) ―Association for Indiana Media Educators, 2017-2018

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Meet the Author

Alison Hart is the author of more than sixty books for young readers. Hart was a teacher at Blue Ridge Community College and lives in Virginia.

Meet the Illustrator

Michael Montgomery

Michael G. Montgomery has illustrated numerous children’s books. He attended Georgia Southern University and the University of Georgia. He lives in Georgia. You can visit his website here.