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Kirkus Reviews First Fiction Special Issue - "Kids & YA" section
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Kirkus Reviews First Fiction Special Issue, page 17

"What was the life of an indentured servant but that of a slave? M.P. Barker brings it ringingly, cringingly to life...A Difficult Boy hinges on the efforts of two boys—one social, one circumstantially remote, soon to be friends—to escape their brutalized existence... Then there is Ivy, a horse that bonds the boys
and provides their ticket out."