A Coal Miner's Bride: The Diary of Annetka Kaminska, Lattimer, Pennsylvania, 1896 (Dear America Series) by Susan Campbell Bartoletti, Paperback | Barnes & Noble
A Coal Miner's Bride: The Diary of Annetka Kaminska, Lattimer, Pennsylvania, 1896 (Dear America Series)

A Coal Miner's Bride: The Diary of Annetka Kaminska, Lattimer, Pennsylvania, 1896 (Dear America Series)

by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

Meet Anetka, a 13-year-old Polish girl who comes to America as a promised bride to a Pennsylvania coal miner. Her fascinating diary entries give readers a personal glimpse into what life was like in a coal-mining town during a tumultuous time in our country's past.

Overview

Meet Anetka, a 13-year-old Polish girl who comes to America as a promised bride to a Pennsylvania coal miner. Her fascinating diary entries give readers a personal glimpse into what life was like in a coal-mining town during a tumultuous time in our country's past.

Editorial Reviews

This is a really good book, very real, yet not exaggerated to the point of becoming boring. A girl from Russian-occupied Poland comes to America as part of an arranged marriage in this tale of courage, hard work, and determination. It's a slice of American life in the Pennsylvania coal-mining country. A good gift choice. Part of the "Dear America" series. 2000, Scholastic, Inc., $10.95. Ages 10 to 12. Reviewer: A. Braga SOURCE: Parent Council, September 2001 (Vol. 9, No. 1)
VOYA
When thirteen-year-old Anetka Kaminska purchases a blank book with the money she earns from selling black pig bristles to the local cobbler, the gypsy seller tells her that the purchase is unfeminine. Anetka wants to write her own thoughts in Polish, an act forbidden by the czar's army occupying her country in 1896. Bartoletti clearly establishes her heroine as a hardworking, intelligent girl able to discover herself despite a father who arranges her marriage to secure his family's passage to America and a government that denies her expression. Leon Nasevich, a young soldier and ultimately her true love, rescues Anetka from a Russian sergeant trying to take advantage of her. He accompanies Anetka and her little brother to America, establishes himself as a mule driver and union organizer in the coal mines, and finally marries Anetka, when at fourteen years old, she is widowed with three stepchildren. Leon's and Anetka's patience, hard work, and independence carve their fates in an exciting and dangerous world. Bartoletti constructs this entry in the Dear America series with the facts and inspiring spirit of her two previous nonfiction books, Growing Up in Coal Country (Houghton Mifflin, 1996) and Kids on Strike! (Houghton Mifflin, 1999/VOYA February 2000), with similar details of daily life and insight into the workers' growing feelings of independence. The book also explains the Pennsylvania coal strikes that united multi-ethnic communities. Anetka Kaminska, forced to marry for duty before she can figure out love, will fascinate the young female audience. VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P M J (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined asgrades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2000, Scholastic, 219p. PLB . Ages 12 to 15. Reviewer: Lucy Schall SOURCE: VOYA, April 2001 (Vol. 24, No.1)
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
The fictional account of a thirteen-year-old Polish girl's immigration to America in 1896 is based upon the political and social turmoil in Poland and the economic and social hardships of the coal mining life in Lattimer, Pennsylvania. The difficulties faced by Anetka Kaminska are told in an immediate, poignant story put down in the girl's diary. She buys the blank book though it is considered frivolous and even dangerous since she plans to write in Polish, a language now forbidden by the Russian Czar. Motherless and living with a young brother and grandmother in Sadowka, she expects her father to return to Poland from the coalmines of Pennsylvania. His letter calling for her to come and marry a coal miner is a shocking turn of events. How Anetka copes during and after the loveless marriage is particularized in telling detail. The diary ends soon after the Lattimer massacre of 1897 and with Anetka and Leon Nasevich, her true love, finally united. Photos and drawings of Lattimer and Poland, a Polish glossary, a recipe for potato dumplings, a coal mining song, maps, and notes from the author are all included. This is par of the "Dear America" series. 2000, Scholastic, Ages 12 up, $10.95. Reviewer: Carol Raker Collins
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-A vivid and compelling look at the lives of Pennsylvania's immigrant coal miners and their families at the turn of the last century. Anetka, a resourceful Polish girl, is ordered by her father to come to America and marry a man she has never met. At 14, she becomes a miner's wife and the stepmother of three young daughters. The hardships and dangers of life in a mining camp, recorded in diary format, are balanced by the tenderness, friendship, and romance touching Anetka's life. Details of beekeeping and never-ending household chores will win readers' respect for the homemakers of 100 years ago. A glossary of Polish words, maps, music, period photographs, and a staple of recipes add substance to the setting. An "Epilogue" chronicling the characters' lives after the story's close may confuse children, particularly since it's followed by a historical note that describes the characters as fictional. Still, Bartoletti paints an accessible and evocative picture of life in a harsh era.-Valerie Diamond, Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore, MD Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Bartoletti has added a nuanced tale to the Dear America series with this diary of a 14-year-old from Sadowka, Poland,1896. Annetka lives with her beloved grandmother and small brother; her mother is dead, and her father has gone to Pennsylvania to work in the anthracite mines. She loves the place where she is, but all that changes when her father says she will come to America to be a bride for one of his co-workers. Annetka goes, in the company of a rakish young fellow named Leon who gets her and her brother out of the country. Annetka's diary continues through the backbreaking labor of the coal miner's wife, for she discovers her new husband is a widower with three small children. The struggles of laundry, cooking, baking, and making ends meet in Lattimer, Pennsylvania are clearly delineated, along with Annetka's joy in beekeeping, in making scented oils, and in coaxing her three small stepchildren to love her. Leon and others urge the workers to strike as they fight not only the filthy and dangerous mines but also the vilification of those who call them foreigners and worse. The story culminates in the Lattimer massacre of September 10, 1897 where unarmed workers were fired upon and at least 19 died. The whole is full of Annetka's spirit, her vivid use of language in snatches of her native Polish as well as her wonderful English metaphors, like kisses "to stick her feet to the floor." (glossary, historical photographs, maps, recipe) (Historical fiction. 9-14)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439053860
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
07/28/2000
Series:
Dear America Series
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.84(d)
Lexile:
800L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >