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A diary account of thirteen-year-old Anetka's life in Poland in 1896, immigration to America, marriage to a coal miner, widowhood, and happiness in finally finding her true love....

Title : A Coal Miner's Bride: The Diary of Anetka Kaminska, Lattimer, Pennsylvania, 1896
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  • Fran
    2019-03-11 07:36

    This book. This book. I read it in fifth grade, absolutely adored it, and finally got my mom to order me a copy. I've read it once a year since then....and it's eight years later. From the heroine's courage and compassion to her wonderful, charming hero, this book hits the nail on the head for kids, adults, and anyone in between. The turmoil of the setting only adds to the magnificance that is this book. I'd reccommend it to anyone, anyone at all. I also credit it as one of the reasons I still prefer romance to any other genre. After reading about Anetka and Leon's developing love, I was hooked :) Anyway, this is one book I plan to keep forever!!

  • Ana Mardoll
    2019-02-24 14:36

    A Coal Miner's Bride / 0-439-05386-2Anetka, a young Polish girl, is infuriated when her father, a coal worker in America, sends her a ticket to America that he has bought by promising her in marriage to a fellow coal worker. She arrives in America with her younger brother and a bothersome, yet very attractive soldier named Leon, only to find that her prospective husband is a boorish brute with three daughters from a previous marriage. Anetka silently accepts her wedding and unhappy marriage, shackled to a husband who does not love her and who does not treat her with tenderness, calling her 'lazy wife' daily when he returns home. Secretly, she yearns for a husband who will love her and care for her, or at least for a man whose kisses will stop her heart the way Leon's stolen kiss did, so long ago.As Anetka struggles to create a new life with her husband and his three young daughters, a bleaker bigger picture emerges. Conditions in the coal mine are treacherous, and the bosses work their employees to death, cheating them out of their wages and refuses them safe working conditions. As the coal miners speak more of unionization, the Americans turn violent, seriously injuring and killing many of the immigrants. Anetka's spirit must remain strong as she fights to protect her new daughters from the harshness of this strange new world.For parents, there is a significant amount of violence in this novel, including multiple beatings of immigrant workers, and the wholesale slaughter of the strikers when the bosses fire on the unarmed strikers. The issue of sexuality is handled delicately, but very young children may wonder what Anetka means when she sorrowfully notes that, in bed at night, her new husband "does not kiss me afterward". What, exactly, she means by "afterward" is left to parental discretion to explain.This compellingly written novel is a fast read and brought tears to my eyes. It is impossible not to admire Anetka's spirit and determination, and it is easy to forget that she is so very young, when she is so very loving and wise. There is much good to be had here, including an accurate and important portrayal of the importance of unions in our country's history. ~ Ana Mardoll

  • Jennifer Marie
    2019-02-22 12:21

    A Coal Miner’s Bride: The Diary of Anetka KaminskaSusan Campbell BartolettiHistoricalGrade 6 and up214 pagesDear America books tend to be hit or miss with me. I either love them or just don’t care for them. A Coal Miner’s Bride: The Diary of Anetka Kaminska was one that I absolutely adored. It’s a heart wrenching story about a thirteen year old Russian immigrant girl whose family has come to Lattimer, Pennsylvania to work in the coal mines. Her father arranges for her to marry a recent widow twice her age. Anetka does not love this man, who has been left with three young daughters to raise, and to further complicate matters, she has a budding relationship with a young man who accompanied them safely to America. Despite her objections to the marriage, her father forces her to go through with it.Anetka must learn to accept her marriage, care for children that are not her own and keep a house—a daunting task for a thirteen year old girl. Her diary entries vividly depict her struggles and her growth. She is continuously faced with challenges that she tackles head on, struggling through them the best she can. She is a strong character who does not let the weight of life crush her even at the worst of times.I love the historical aspect of this book as well. The picture it depicts of life in 1896 comes alive. Details are worked seamlessly into the descriptions. While the book offers a wealth of “facts,” they aren’t just added because they’re “interesting”. They’re relevant to each scene, which makes this book stand out from so many of the Dear America novels.Part of the reason this story resonated so much with me is that my great-grandfather emigrated from Poland to work in the Pennsylvania coal mines. I’ve always wanted to tell a story centered around an immigrant family and life in the coal mines. This book does beautifully what I one day hope to do—tell a story of the difficult life these immigrants lived. If you only read one Dear America book I wholeheartedly recommend that you read this one. You will not be disappointed.

  • ϟEvelynϟ
    2019-03-13 14:39

    I assure you this review will contain spoilers. Here's what I think about the book... Yes, this is my all-time favorite book. I loved it so much the first time I read it that I read it three time until I had to return it to my school's library. I was 11 then. I just thought the characters where so credible! They were so likable and interesting! I could relate to all of them! I mean ALL. Anetka: She was amazing. She could do things that I could NEVER accomplish in my life. She was "headstrong" just as Leon would say. She was so brave too. She was focused and determined throughout the whole diary. I loved her. She seemed so much like me though I am not that focused. Leon: He was just the perfect guy for me. His humor was magnetic. I would've been stuck on him if I were Anetka. I love funny guys. He was so determined to marry Anetka and get her to love him. I loved his determination. I loved how he could get along and be social with everyone he came across. I love how clever and smart and intelligent he was. I loved how well he spoke to people. He has a way with words, I should say. I just loved him. "Anetka, I love you." It melted my heart. Also that first kiss. He melts my heart.Stanley: Oh, my! I love Stanley. He reminds me of someone in my life. I could picture his face so well. Tall, strong, well-built, handsome, tough-looking. Then I see that deep sadness in him. I see that the death of his former wife, Sophie really hit him hard and then began his alcoholism. That's why I don't blame him for all that anger he shot at Anetka. But then there is that caring, innocent man sitting at the table, drunk, lonely and withdrawn from others. It broke my heart when Stanley died. It truly did. Call me crazy for feeling sorry for him but no. He wasn't that grumpy man. I got angry at Anetka for being mad at him when he was dead. I felt like Stanley died feeling remorseful for yelling at Anetka for being a "lazy wife" I didn't want that at all. He possibly could be my favorite character. I needed to get that off my chest, seriously.I loved this book. It's so painful and depressing but the love and the care between all those people canceled it all out. It was truly and amazing, life-changing book. I could play-out the life Leon and Anetka had. "To know love in your life, you must know love in your heart."-Anetka ~Evelyn *Actually finished May 20, 2011 for it was the first time I finished that book.

  • Natalie Williamson
    2019-03-14 13:26

    Swooned just as hard over Leon now as I did back in the day, and teared up just as much over the hardships these characters face.

  • Angie
    2019-02-25 11:34

    I stopped at a local used book store and picked this book up in the young adult section. Being from Pennsylvania and growing as a coal miner's daughter I was really excited to read this short book. Written like a journal this was a quick and easy read. After I picked it up I didn't put it down until it was read. It was a very enjoyable read.

  • Christy
    2019-03-15 07:32

    I really enjoyed Anetka but often wondered while reading this was America really better than Sadowka, Poland? I felt the diary entries drew me closer to Babcia, Stefania and life in Poland more than America; so at times I found myself distracted.

  • Rebecca Rash
    2019-02-24 13:16

    A good one - a little more mature in content than your typical Dear America. It was neat to read about one so young though, coping with the new things in life what with marriage and raising children. Anetka has to grow up fast - a strong character! I enjoyed this a lot! :)

  • Agnė
    2019-02-26 07:28

    3.5 out of 5Although based on actual historical events, A Coal Miner’s Bride is a fictional diary of Anetka Kaminska, a thirteen-year-old Polish immigrant whose father arranged her to marry a fellow coal miner, a widower twice her age with three small children.Anetka’s life as a housewife and a mother of three at her tender age in Lattimer, PA in 1896-1897 is horrifying and heartbreaking, yet her perseverance and compassion are inspiring. Also, Anetka and Leon’s, a fellow Polish immigrant’s, love story is heartwarmingly sweet.I knew nothing about the 1897 Lattimer Massacre or the lives of coal miners and immigrants in the US at the turn of the twentieth century, so the 20-page historical note, photographs, and maps in the back of the book were especially helpful.

  • Maya
    2019-02-28 10:22

    *Oops, sorry, I put Leo instead of Leon; I didn't realize that*This is the best book I've ever read! Since I'm Polish, I really loved the history behind it, and I understood the words that Anetka was talking about. It is aout Anetka, who has to leave her Polish town with her brother and a former Russian soldier, Leo, to escape to America. When she finally arrives to America, she will have to marry a man that her father promised a wife to, and this is how Anetka and her brother were able to get their passage to America.SPOILERS SPOILER DON'T READ AHEAD!!! I WARNED YOU But Anetka is beginning to fall for Leo, the handsome soldier who accompanied her and her brother to America. She is not completely sure that her new husband loves her at all. But tragedy strikes and Anetka is left a widow, and now finally she can be with Leo, whom she would like to be with.The confusing thing about this book is that I'm not exactly sure what age Anetka is. I think the she mentions that she is around thirteen, but that is far too young to get married and have children, even in the late nineteenth century.

  • Peggy
    2019-03-08 08:12

    This is one of the "Dear America" series, an excellent group of books for intermediate readers. I've appreciated that good historical fiction is availa ble for younger readers. This is a good one in the series, esp. the relationship of Anetka and Leon. My only disagreement with the author is that, although written well, I don't believe it's realistic; Anetka packs her diary with an unusual amount of detail about the social and political world around her that an overworked young girl struggling in a coal shanty would ever be able to give. But it's still an entertaining way to learn about the plight of the refugees in Pennsylvania circa 1896.

  • Maddie Senator
    2019-03-11 12:36

    I loved, loved, loved this book. It's the fictional diary of a girl from Poland who immigrates to America with her father and younger brother due to unrest in their home country. Her father has arranged for thirteen-year-old Anetka to marry a twenty-six-year-old Polish man (who already lives in America) with three young daughters from a first marriage. Anetka sees this as her duty, although she is quite nervous about it, and takes everything quite well. However, she kind of has a thing for a young Polish soldier named Leon. Very sad, very fascinating, and very good.

  • Kelsey Hanson
    2019-03-14 13:35

    I definitely felt for the main character of this story, having to go to a strange new country and getting so much responsibility at the tender age of 14. At 25 I don't think I could have handled it. This was extremely well-researched and I get the impression that it's very historically possible for women like Anetka to have existed. The story itself was actually better than average for the Dear America series. Although perhaps a tad predictable.

  • Angela
    2019-02-25 11:17

    Okay, so I liked this book because I've never really read anything before that had to do with Polish history. Anetka seemed a lot older than 13.However, I hate how they made it seem like unions were the only answer to some of the worker's poor working conditions.Also, there was a VERY BIG misconception of love in this book.

  • Amanda
    2019-03-02 10:35

    What I remember from this books is that her dad finds her a husband, and she marries him. He is a coal miner and he drinks a lot. Then he dies. I think she gets remarried.This was one of the better Dear America books I really liked it even though it was a little sad.

  • Kelly
    2019-03-21 10:28

    Honestly, I'm 28 years old and I still finding myself really enjoying these books. They can really transport you into the time period and setting and I always loved how you get a glimpse into what everyday life may be like for these people. I really liked the character of Anetka, and I feel like she was incredibly strong and hardworking, and I loved how despite everything she was determined to be a good wife and mother. I also loved that she had a temper and wasn't afraid to speak her mind even if she did become embarrassed afterwards. I also loved the romance, although I admit I wish there was a little more. This book even covered some pretty adult topics - there was a lot of violence and death and it even touched on consummating marriage - but I feel that it's appropriate for most younger readers.

  • Fruitloopz
    2019-03-10 08:17

    I would give this book a four and an half.Its a great book.I would no reccomend it to the people who hate death and drama.There is lots of drama with marradge,chices,and death.I dont really like the dear america books i always abandon them but this one i had to read for school so i had to read it all the way.When i finished the book i thought to myself im missing out on this book sires.

  • Jessica
    2019-02-25 08:37

    Based in Lattimer, Pennsylvania a girl from Russia is required to go to America and marry a man she does not know or love. She is 13 years old and her father has decreed that she will marry this man. On the way she meets another man who accompanies them safely to America. The rest of the stories are entries in her diary discussing the struggles she now faces. Struggles that include being married to someone she does not love, caring for children that are not her own, and keeping house. She learns many lessons. There are also two women that help her through her troubles. One is an older woman who is more of a grandmother to her. She is blunt but kind in her advice to Anetka. Another woman who is just a few years older than Anetka is married and has just had their first baby. Life is hard for Anetka but she grows to love her husband for his simple ways as well as his three daughters. The rest of the story...well you will just have to read it to find out what happens in the end. In teaching, I would suggest this book because it gives insight to what life was like in 1896. It is historical fiction, so at the back of the book it reveals what really happened. I like reading historical fiction because it portrays real life events but in a sing/song way. In other words, it flows smoothly and it isn't full of just facts. While reading this in the classroom the students would right about different topics in their notebooks. For instance, we could broaden the experience with researching Lattimer, Pennsylvania and it's connection with coal miners. Another thing to consider would be the fact that Anetka is betrothed to a man she does not know or love. Her father gave his permission to the man and he does not back down. Even when Anetka confronts her father he still puts his foot down and that is final. This would increase the student's knowledge/awareness of what life was like. How women were treated, how hard a life it was in the 1800's. One could also create a timeline of what has gradually happened since the 1800's till the 21st century: whether work equipment, living conditions, families, marriages etc. A concluding topic would be the discussion of what love is. At least in this book we get a glimpse of what it was like for Anetka, she states "To know love in your life, you must know love in you heart." I could get the students to discuss different parts of the book, write about it, and present interesting facts for the whole class. This would look towards their group participation skills and individual skills as well.

  • Sarah Prekopa
    2019-03-14 13:42

    A beautifully written story about a young girl coming over to the United States to be with her father. When she arrives, she realizes that her father has betrothed her to a fellow coal miner that works in the small town of Lattimer, Pennsylvania. Not the typical "girly girl" Anetka has a hard time accepting the marriage but knows that it is her duty to her father and her family to follow through with it. Along with a new husband Anetka also gains three daughters. Just a child herself, Anetka has to grow up fast and take care of her new family. Because coal mining was and is such dangerous work, the families of Lattimer were very worried about their husbands, sons, and fathers that worked for the cruel bosses of the mines. A union was trying to be formed and Anetka's house seemed to be the epicenter of the union discussions. While meeting all these new people Anetka comes across a young man that she had met aboard the ship to America. Leon becomes a friend of the family and takes on important roles once Anetka's husband dies in a coal mining accident. She is left to fend for herself and her stepdaughters and does everything she can to support them. By the end of the story, Leon and Anetka have fallen in love and raise the girls and their own children. They become crucial members of the coal miners' union and live happy lives.Giving a great picture of life in coal mining towns, this story is fairly historically accurate. It has a lot of real life issues that students would find interesting and applicable to some of the events that are happening with unions and especially in the coal mining regions of the Appalachians. I highly recommend this book for a historical book report because there are many options for topics out of the story. I think that it would be a good way for kids to start journaling because the story is told through diary entries. Overall, "Coal miner's Bride" is a wonderful story of perseverance and strength and students of multiple grades will find it entertaining a worth their while.

  • Jessica
    2019-03-15 09:35

    (Intermediate Historical Fiction) The book is written in dairy form and begins with Anetka buying a little black book with blank pages, this becomes her diary. Anetka is coming upon her 13th birthday and awaits her dowry and a suitable suitor. Unlike her mother and all those before her, she does not want an arranged marriage she wants to fall in love first. Anetka does fall to the tradition of arranged marriage and instantly becomes a mother to three young girls. Her husband drinks too much, constantly criticizes her and dreams of his dead wife. Still, Anetka prays to Saint Anna that they will find love.Anetka finds love, but not without facing several trials first. This book is a great example of historical fiction and is set in 1896 in Lattimer, Pennsylvania. Scholastic rates this:Grade Level Equivalent: 5.5Lexile Measure: 800Guided Reading Level: UAge: Age 11, Age 12, Age 13 Activities to use for this book would be: Anetka is in love with books, learning, and bees. Read Patricia Polacco's picture storybook The Bee Tree. How is the main character in Polacco's book similar to Anetka? Plan and sketch a new cover for Anetka's diary. Consider such things as, would it be more important to picture the men on their way to the mines or the women milking their cows. Explain why you chose the particular scene you did. Anetka's diary introduces readers to Polish customs, celebrations, and foods. Try making the Potato Dumplings using the recipe at the back of A Coal Miner's Bride. Design a Venn diagram comparing Private Leon Nasevich to Stanley. How do they laugh? What do they feel about education? How do they treat Anetka? Are these two men more alike or different? If your husband was a worker in the Pennsylvania mines of the 1890s, would you be in favor of him taking part in a strike and joining the union of United Mine Workers? Why or why not?

  • Gen Quihuis
    2019-03-02 10:27

    No matter how old I am, I will always like these books. They are well researched and make history entertaining. The way history should be told.

  • Cece
    2019-02-26 08:28

    First review: It's 1896, and Anetka Kaminska is a young woman living in Poland. Her mother died, and her father left for America, looking for a better living. Anetka and her younger brother, Jozef, are living with their Babcia (grandmother) until Tata (their father) returns. But in an unexpected turn of events, Tata wants them to come to America with him. He has promised Anetka's hand in marriage to another one of his fellow coal-miners, who in turn will pay for their passage. This diary describes Anetka's daily struggles to care for her 3 young step-daughters from her new husband's first marriage. She is especially challenged when her husband is killed, working in the dangerous mining conditions. In the end, with the help of God and her patron saint, Saint Anne, Anetka has a happy ending. She takes in boarders, one of whom she falls in love with - a fellow Pole. She witnesses the Lattimer Massacre and fears that her beloved Leon did not survive, but he did! They are married and live happily ever after. <3 I especially liked this book because I am Polish, and this book contained Polish culture, phrases, and customs. I loved this book! Second review: The diary of a Polish girl, aged 13, who moves from Poland to America to fulfill her father’s wishes of an arranged marriage, tells of her marriage to Stanley, her life as the wife and stepmother to his three daughters from his first marriage (his first wife, Sophie, died), and daily life in the village of Lattimer, Pennsylvania. After Stanley is killed in a mining accident, Anetka takes in boarders to make ends meet. Eventually, she marries the man she fell in love with before her arranged marriage, Leon. They live happily ever after! I especially loved this one because I am Polish, and this book had lots of traditions and customs in it.

  • Sarah Crawford
    2019-03-08 08:39

    The story starts in Poland and tells about Anetka Kaminska at a time when Poland was ruled by Russia, Germany and Austria and conditions were not good for the Poles. As a result, many Poles came to the U.S. thinking they could find a decent job, save money and have others of their family and friends move to the U.S. from Poland.Many of the Poles ended up working at the mines in terribly unsafe conditions. Their bosses cared little about them, considering the mules more important than the foreigners working in the minds. This was also the time of the "company store" where the miners bought their supplies, only to be overcharged by the store and, in effect, end up working just to try to pay off their debt to the company store. (There's a song about "I sold my soul to the company store," but I don't remember the title.)This novel tells about Anetka's life in Poland, her travel to America, and after her arrival in America where she married a man who didn't really love her; his first wife died and he needed another for his three girls.There was also a lot of prejudice against the foreigners and acts of violence by Americans against them were not uncommon. In addition, the book tells the story of the Lattimer Massacre when a sheriff and his men opened fire on an unarmed crowd of striking miners, killing at least nineteen of them.The book also goes into the story of an early union and how it tried to get the miners organized to get better working conditions and more money.In effect, there is a lot of stuff going on in this book, and it's definitely quite interesting.

  • Amanda Stables
    2019-03-13 10:20

    Anetka Kaminska it a thirteen year old Polish girl, who lives in Poland during the beginning of the book. She lives with her grandmother and her brother, while her father is in America, her mother having passed away some time ago. After a long time with no letter from her father, she recieves one that lets her know that a man has offered passage for her grandmother, her brother, and herself; all if she marries the man. She ends up going with her brother and a soldier of the Czar army that saved her. As she navigates her life as a thirteen year old bride in an area where mining causes more deaths than lives, she begins to understand what the true meaning of love is.Anetka is an amazing character. She's strong, she has religion and she haves beliefs. She is strong enough to take care of three little girls, miners and the women that live around her. She makes her way through America with little knowledge of English. Leon is also an amazing character, very strong willed and sweet. I don't know how much effort went into Anetka's husband, Stanley, as a character. The children were all well written and you could kind of see where they were going through the novel.The story doesn't have the biggest moments of history in it, by no means. But it is the story of an immigrants life, one that was white, that had to deal with the struggles of America. Proving that it was hard for people even though their skin color was the same as others. They were beaten, abused and called names. It was interesting, and it was a good ending.

  • Siti
    2019-03-18 09:16

    SUMMER READING 2009Siti Hajar Mohd. KhairiA Coal Miner's Brideby Susan Campbell Bartoletti219 pagesScholastic. $10.95 isbn13: 9780439445610(Ages 12 & up)What if you find you grew up without a mother, or with a father who is thousands of miles away, or to helplessly watch the cruelty of war while caring for a grandmother and brother? That was the life Anetka Kaminska had been given. A life full of danger, risks, worry. Until the letter arrived. Her father had given three steamship tickets for all of them to travel to America. In the course of one letter, her life changed. A few days ago Anetka had met a young Polish soldier, forced to work for the Russian, who was witty and full of constant teasing. Her grandmother refuses to leave Poland and gives the extra ticket to the soldier, Leon. Anetka, her brother and Leon go on a life changing adventure into new land. Soon Anetka realizes she is faced with much worse problems than before: she is married to a man she does not love, her brother goes out and gets in trouble, Leon had been taken away by the Immgration officers and she is stuck to raise three little girls all on her own. Join Anetka as she fends off danger, overcomes heartbreak, finds love in the most impossible places, and lives a life she deffinitely did not bargain for.

  • Brooke
    2019-03-24 08:32

    I have read this book before and I think that it is wonderful. This is the story of 13 year old Anetka Kamniska, Anetka has lived in Sadowka, Poland her whole life, but when her father arranges for her to be married to a coal miner in America, her whole world is turned upside-down. Anetka has to leave Poland behind and be a wife to Stanley, whom she has never met. Anetka and her brother along with her newfound soldier friend Leon, must travel to America, on the way Anetka meets Lidia and Jerzy, a young couple expecting a baby. Anetka and Lidia become fast friends and are both traveling to Lattimer, Pennsylvania. When Anetka meets Stanley she figures out that this is not the life that she thought that she would have in America. As a young mother of 13, she now has to take care of 3 young girls. Soon after she is married though, Stanley dies. Now she is a mother, a wife, and a widow. Even after all of this Leon thinks that is a wonderful time to waltz back into her life, purely on accident of course. Now Anetka has to take care of 3 girls, 3 boarders, and 1 sick Leon, at this point she is running herself ragged. I would recommend this book to people that like historical fiction. No, Anetka didn't exist, but her story exemplifies the life of a young foreigner coming to live in America for the first time.

  • TJL
    2019-03-06 07:20

    This is one of my favorite books in the Dear America series.My knee-jerk reaction is to say that it feels more "grown-up" than some of the others- which feels wrong because a lot of the other diaries deal with what one might label very grown-up content.But I think my reasoning is because in a series that usually features protagonists between the ages of twelve and sixteen, this is (I could be wrong, I've read most but not all of the books) the only book in the series that actually deals with the subject getting married. Romance is often discussed, but this is the first diary in this series that featured the girl writing it getting married- and not only that, but to someone she didn't know.Kind of like the My Name is America diary that talks about the Donner Party, I think I like this one because it Goes There. It goes there to the subject of young teenagers getting married to much older men, and it goes there because damn it, it happened. It happened a lot, in some cases. I always appreciate the books in this series that go someplace the others generally don't.

  • Beverly
    2019-03-10 11:28

    Anetka lives with her Babcia, grandma, and brother, in Sadowka, Poland. It is 1896, and Russian soldiers are in the city, and often draft young boys into their army. Her father has gone to America, to be a coal miner. He left shortly after mama died. Babcia has made a loving, nurturing home for her daughter's children and decides not to accompany them when transport tickets arrive in Tata's letter. In fact, Tata has informed them that the tickets were purchased by a fellow miner who wanted a Polish wife! Anetka is 14 or 15!!! Naturally, she is not thrilled. She does not want to go to America and does not want to marry a man she does not know. Alas, Babcia had an "arranged marriage" and Anetka's mom had one too. Fathers arranged marriages for daughters. That was the way of things.I loved this book. The Atlantic Crossing, meeting the miner, marrying a man who is still in love with his dead wife, raising his 3 daughters, how can she find love?

  • Molly
    2019-03-08 06:15

    A Coal Miner's Bride is an absolutely beautiful, yet dark glimpse into the life of a late 19th century "mail-order bride." This book touches down on many subjects that would later come under heavy fire by both the leftist and the right-wingers: harsh mining and factory conditions, immigration, socialism, unionism, child-labor, arranged marriage, and the right to protest. Bartoletti is a true artist in her descriptions of not only Anetka's village life in Poland, but also her life as a young (VERY young) bride to a complete stranger. Within a month of leaving the ship at Ellis Island, she becomes an American resident, a wife, and a mother...all before her fifteenth birthday. While you may find yourself crying before the end of the book, you will also find yourself more knowledgeable of the rough life 19th century immigrants faced, regardless of race, religion, age, or gender.

  • Priscilla Herrington
    2019-03-21 07:13

    Part of the Dear America series, A Coal Miner's Bride is the story of Anetka Kaminska, told in diary form; it occurs in Latimer, Pennsylvania in 1896. Anetka's father had left his family in Poland while he went to America to make a place for them. He sends for Anetka to come to join him, to become the wife of a fellow miner. She leaves everything she has known, with her younger brother, to travel to marry a man she has never met, to live in a place where she doesn't know the language and everything is strange. Like all of the Dear America books for Young Adult readers, the reader learns a great deal about a time and place, through the eyes of a young person. The author, Susan Campbell Bartoletti, was an eighth grade teacher before becoming a full time writer. Among her previous books is a non-fiction photo essay, Growing Up in Coal Country.