A Coal Miner's Bride: The Diary of Anetka Kaminska is a fictional diary written by Susan Campbell Bartoletti. It is the eighteenth book in Scholastic's Dear America series. It was published in July 2000.


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Book description

"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 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. Gawrych 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 America... to marry a man I do not love.



Main article: List of A Coal Miner's Bride characters


Main article: Susan Campbell Bartoletti


  • NCSS/CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People (2001)[2]


"I'm deeply grateful to the following people for their expertise: Chester Kulesa, curator, Anthracite Heritage Museum; Helen Dende, Elaine Slivinski Lisandrelli, Barbara Jablonski, Stella Ziec Kaminski, Diane Kaminski, and Rosetta Kwolek Cancelleri for their knowledge of Poland and its culture; Rick Myers, for his knowledge of bees; Bambi Lobdell, for her knowledge of the Roman Catholic church and its traditions; Tracy Mack, for believing in Anetka; my writers' group; and my family, who eat take-out when I'm on deadline. Additional resources include oral histories and transcripts located at the Bureau of Archives and History at the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, and at Eckley Miners' Village, Weatherly, Pennsylvania; contemporary newspapers, magazines, and local history resources located at the Hazelton Public Library, Hazelton, Pennsylvania, and at the Scranton Public Library, Scranton, Pennsylvania; Tina at Majestic Mountain Sage at, and Belinda at"


See also

v - e - dDear America

A Journey to the New World | The Winter of Red Snow | When Will This Cruel War Be Over? | A Picture of Freedom
Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie | So Far from Home | I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly
West to a Land of Plenty | Dreams in the Golden Country | Standing in the Light | Voyage on the Great Titanic
A Line in the Sand | My Heart Is on the Ground | The Great Railroad Race | The Girl Who Chased Away Sorrow
A Light in the Storm | Color Me Dark | A Coal Miner's Bride | My Secret War | One Eye Laughing, the Other Weeping
Valley of the Moon | Seeds of Hope | Early Sunday Morning | My Face to the Wind | Christmas After All
A Time for Courage | Where Have All the Flowers Gone? | Mirror, Mirror on the Wall | Survival in the Storm
When Christmas Comes Again | Land of the Buffalo Bones | Love Thy Neighbor | All the Stars in the Sky
Look to the Hills | I Walk in Dread | Hear My Sorrow


The Fences Between Us | Like the Willow Tree | Cannons at Dawn | With the Might of Angels | Behind the Masks
Down the Rabbit Hole | A City Tossed and Broken

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