Liz Sugihara


Outstanding, Primary, Intermediate, Susan Campbell Bartoletti, Historical Fiction, Poland, Immigration, Coal Mining, Equal Rights

Document Type

Book Review


Thirteen-year-old Anetka Kaminska lives in Poland during a politically tumultuous time. Her father, who has found work as a coal miner in America, sends for Anetka and the rest of her family. Unfortunately for Anetka, her father traded her hand in marriage for the ship’s passage. The story, told from Anetka’s perspective, follows her as she leaves her village, travels to America, and meets her new husband. Her story is filled with the hardships of being a coal miner’s wife and the struggles that immigrants experience in seeking equal treatment during a time when foreigners were looked down upon.