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A Coal Miner's Bride: The Diary of Anetka Kaminska, Lattimer, Pennsylvania, 1896
Dear America Series Book #17 of 43 in publication order (switch to alphabetical order)
Author: Susan Campbell Bartoletti

Book Info

Published on July 1, 2000
Age Group: 8 - 13 years
Reading Level: AR: 5.5 (6.0 Points, Quiz #42429)
GLE: 5.5
F&P/GRL: U
DRA: 50
Lexile® measure: 800L

Summary:
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.

Excerpt/First Sentence(s):
This morning I scraped the hairy backs of our pigs and collected a good crop of long, black bristles.

Back Cover:
SADOWKA, POLAND
MIDNIGHT, AFTER THE ROOSTER'S CROW

The words in Tata's letter grip my stomach like a fist. Tata isn't coming home. He wants us to come to America! Tata told me about a coal miner named Mr. Stanley Gawrych who wants a young bride From the old country. So Tata told this Mr. Gawrych that I am young and strong and fit for marriage. I have had good family training and know all I need to take care of a house and a husband. So now Mr. Gawrych has agreed to marry me. Tata promises that we will make a good match. In return. Mr. Gawzych has paid for our passage to America.

"Oh, Babcia," I cried. "How could Tata have done such a terrible thing? I don't want to be a coal miner's bride...I don't want to go to Arnerica..to marry a man I do not love."

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