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Dear America: A Coal Miner's Bride (2 vol.)

by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
Anetka's fascinating diary entries give readers a glimpse into what life was like in a coal-mining town during a tumultuous time in our country's past. 242 pages (2 vol.), Ages 8-12

Item Number: 1353
Category:Longer Fiction in Contracted Braille (in EBAE)

Price: $20.00
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Reviews for Dear America: A Coal Miner's Bride (2 vol.)
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5Annetka Kaminska is a thirteen-year-old girl living in Russian-controlled Poland in 1896. She bitterly resents the Russians that have taken over her country and are forcing her people to give up their language and customs. She is even more angry when her father, living in America, arranges a marriage for her with a Pennsylvania coal miner who is twice her age. A widower with three little girls, Stanley mourns for his wife and does not love Annetka. He treats her almost like a servant. Yet when he dies in a mining accident, things become even more difficult. Now Annetka must care for the children and pay the rent. Yet, in spite of her bleak life, she finds some hope in the children, and in the possibility of true love. I highly recommend this novel to historical fiction fans. Annetka is a well-developed, likeable character that you can't help but cheer for as she struggles daily to survive and make a new life for herself in America.
2011-08-11

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