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Facing Death – G. A. Henty Book

This book, Facing Death, by G. A. Henty, is a juvenile historical fiction/nonfiction novel.

Everything About Facing Death

Below, we give a brief overview of the book and links to where you can read it (some are FREE). We’ve also included our findings online for activities, quizzes, and worksheets related to the book. And don’t forget the links to more encyclopedic information for historical content in the book. All of the work has been done for you, and it’s all here! *Occasionally, we will update the resources for this book; so, check back in, or sign up for the MiniMize Newsletter.

The Pictures from Facing Death

Facing Death by G. A. Henty title page.

Before we begin, I would like to point out the pictures in this article.

All were taken from the Internet Archive version of Facing Death, found here.

Cover art, table of contents, title page and illustrations for this edition of Facing Death was presumably made by the publisherLondon Blackie & Son.

The nine black and white illustrations do not list an illustrator.

I’d like to thank the Library of Oxford University for making this book and its illustrations available online to the public.

To see all of the pictures we found for this book, go here.

Subjects Covered in Facing Death, by G. A. Henty

There are three subjects covered by Facing Death; Or, The Hero of the Vaughan Pit: A Tale of the Coal Mines.

These subjects are British Literature, Modern History, and British History.

The approximate historical date is during the Victorian era, sometime between 1837 – 1901.

Reading Level of Facing Death

Facing Death, by George Alfred Henty, is appropriate for Middle Grade and Young Adult readers.

This means that it can be read from approximately 6th grade into adulthood; or at around 13 years of age.

Please be aware, and discuss with your student, that this book covers topics about child abuse.

Placement In the MiniMize Book List

Facing Death, by G. A. Henty, is book number 158 in the MiniMize Homeschool book list.

This places it in the Middle School Level.

The book is the 5th book to be read during Year 7 of school.

Book Content

The adventure follows a Welsh boy, during the Victorian era.

As he attempts to better his circumstances, he is faced with challenging obstacles.

Readers will learn about what it takes to succeed in unfavorable situations.

Please be aware that some of the topics in the book include child abuse. You will need to discuss this with your students.

Chapters – Facing Death

This book contains 31 Chapters. The chapter titles, taken from the Gutenberg book (below), are as follows:

I.             Evil Tidings

Facing Death by G. A. Henty table of contents.

II.            Bull-dog

III.           The Resolution

IV.          The Vaughan Pit

V.            Setting to Work

VI.          “The Old Shaft”

VII.         Friendship

VIII.        Progress

IX.           The Great Strike

X.            Hard Times

XI.           The Attack on the Engine-house

XII.         After the Strike

XIII.        A Heavy Loss

XIV.        The Night-school

XV.         The Sewing-class

XVI.        A New Life

XVII.      The Dog Fight

XVIII.     Stokebridge Feast

XIX.        The Great Riot

XX.         The Arm of the Law

XXI.        A Knotty Question

XXII.       The Solution

XXIII.     The Explosion at the Vaughan

XXIV.     In Deadly Peril

XXV.      The Imprisoned Miners

XXVI.     A Critical Moment

XXVII.    Rescued

XXVIII.  Changes

XXIX.     The New Manager

XXX.       Risen

XXXI.     Conclusion

Activities for Facing Death

No activities directly related to this book could be located.

We tried searching for “Facing Death Book Test.”

Then, we tried test, quiz, activities, reading guide, study guide, and other combinations of words.

A MiniMize Worksheet

The MiniMize Life has a solution for that.

We are creating a fill in the blank worksheet for Facing Death, by G. A. Henty.

This worksheet will contain 3 pages with 31 days of activities and a total of 31 questions in all.

An Answer Key is also attached at the end of the worksheet.

How the Worksheet Works

This worksheet will guide a student through reading the book and prompt them to complete a simple activity.

The student will begin each day by reading the day’s first question and the corresponding chapter.

Next, they will find the sentence in the chapter and fill in the missing words.

Student Instructions

Instructions on the MiniMize Worksheet for Facing Death, by G. A. Henty, state the following.

Number 1, below, is a sentence from Chapter 1, number 2 from Chapter 2, etc. Read the entire chapter, then find the sentence, below, in the Chapter. In the blanks, write the missing words.

Where Can I Get the MiniMize Worksheet?

The MiniMize Worksheet described above is currently in production.

The Worksheet has been developed and is awaiting editing and copyright processes.

When these have been completed, The MiniMize Life will release the worksheet and make it available here.

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Read Facing Death, by G. A. Henty

If you just can’t wait to read Facing Death, The MiniMize Life has found it in multiple formats for you!

Below, you will find links to e-books, audiobooks, and other formats for free and for purchase.

Free E-Books

We all LOVE free stuff!

Below, are the MiniMize recommended e-books for Facing Death: a Story of the Roman Invasion, by G. A. Henty. While free isn’t always better, we want to make sure that you can homeschool regardless of your financial situation.

Each section explains a little about the version and gives you a link to the FREE BOOK.


You must know, Gutenberg.org is all about free, open-source, and public domain.

Facing Death by G. A. Henty illustration, "Bulldog finds a friend."

This version of Facing Death works perfectly for many eReaders and devices.

The FREE e-book from gutenberg.org can be found here.

A word of caution: the audio readings offered by Gutenberg sound a bit robotic. They did this on purpose so that anyone can read this book regardless of which operating system they use.

*This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever.  You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.org.

Internet Archive

The most beautiful collection of e-Books, Internet Archive, specializes in scanned versions of actual books.

You can read a FREE scanned copy of Facing Death at Internet Archive, here.

Now, keep in mind that sometimes there can be missing pages in these old books. I tried my best to avoid books like this, but keep an eye out. Sometimes it’s just unavoidable.

Google Books

If you like to keep your books in a Google Play account, then Google Books is for you.

You can find the FREE e-book on Google Books, here.

Audio Books

Want an audio version of the book?

They’re especially helpful on long car rides!

However, no audio-books exist at the moment.

The MiniMize Life plans to record a reading of Facing Death, by G. A. Henty.

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Bound Books 

Sometimes, you just want to touch and smell a real book, right?

That’s what Amazon’s for!

When printing and binding the book yourself from one of the choices above doesn’t sound appealing, here’s the alternative.

If you prefer to buy Facing Death already bound and printed, you can purchase a copy on Amazon, here.


Kindle is always better! I simplify my life and save time by pointing, clicking, buying, and reading. And I let Amazon store it in my Kindle Library for me.

If that sounds like your way to do things, get Facing Death, by G. A. Henty on Kindle, here.

Facing Death; Or, The Hero of the Vaughan Pit: A Tale of the Coal Mines, by G. A. Henty

That’s everything so far.

Remember, though, we will be updating this information from time to time.

Come back and see what else we’ve found, soon.

Is there anything you think might be helpful to anyone or their homeschool in relation to Facing Death? Let us know in the comments below!

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