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Susan Campbell Bartoletti

Autor(a) de The Boy Who Dared

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About the Author

A former 8th-grade English teacher, Susan Campbell Bartoletti writes fiction and nonfiction for all ages. Black Potatoes is the winner of the ALA Sibert Award for Best Information book, the NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for Distinguished Nonfiction, and the SCBWI Golden Kite Nonfiction award. She lives mostrar mais with her family in Moscow, PA. mostrar menos

Obras de Susan Campbell Bartoletti

The Boy Who Dared (2008) 1,760 cópias, 85 resenhas
Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow (2005) 1,100 cópias, 103 resenhas
Kids On Strike! (1999) 335 cópias, 13 resenhas
Growing Up in Coal Country (1999) 252 cópias, 25 resenhas
No Man's Land: A Young Soldier's Story (1999) 237 cópias, 2 resenhas
Naamah and the Ark at Night (2011) 213 cópias, 10 resenhas
The Flag Maker (2004) 144 cópias, 10 resenhas
The Christmas Promise (2001) 86 cópias, 1 resenha
Nobody's Nosier Than a Cat (2003) 39 cópias, 2 resenhas
Nobody's Diggier Than a Dog (2005) 20 cópias, 3 resenhas
Silver at Night (1994) 16 cópias, 2 resenhas
Dancing with Dziadziu (1997) 15 cópias, 1 resenha
Study Skills Workout (1987) 5 cópias
Dear America (2000) 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

Dirty Laundry: Stories About Family Secrets (1998) — Contribuinte — 39 cópias


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Reason for Reading: Read aloud to my son as part of our history curriculum.

This book centres on Pennsylvanian coal country in the late 1800s to early 1900s. It also mainly focuses on the child workers though it doesn't exclude the men, nor the women back at home. The book is also profusely illustrated with contemporary photographs, some from the author's family as it was personal history that inspired her to write the book. During the author's research she listened to many interview tapes and read transcripts and has included many quotes from men who were once the boys described in the book. This makes for very interesting reading and brings the book closer to reality for the juvenile reader.

The book is incredibly thorough, going through all the different jobs involved in working at the mine. Then moving on to the company village and day-to-day life for the women and such things as scrounging for scraps of coal, the company store and school. Then the book moves on to recreation after working hours. A chapter on dangers and tragedies and common accidents prefaces a final chapter on the beginning of unionization and the big strike in Pennsylvania. A conclusion then follows up with the reasons coal mining ended as such a big industry.

While the book is centred on Pennsylvania, the majority of the information is general in nature and can be applied to anywhere coal mining took place in North America. The photographs are amazing and add volumes to the book's enjoyability. The text is narrative, interesting and while never written down to its audience does keep topics lively remembering who it's audience is. My son loved this book so much. Often when I read to him he will sit in another chair than me and I will hold the book up for him to look at pictures, or he likes to walk around the room but whenever I brought this book out he jumped up and ran right over to snuggle right next to me so he wouldn't miss the pictures. For myself, this is a topic I really knew little about and I enjoyed the book very much as well. A tremendously, enjoyable read about an industry once so important to everyday life and the terrible working conditions, child labour, and oppression workers had to face and in spite of it all they grew up to actually have fond memories and say it wasn't all bad. Highly recommended.
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Nikki_in_Niagara | outras 24 resenhas | Jun 16, 2024 |
{My thoughts} – Helmut Hubner is a young child that is growing up in the time when Hitler was becoming more well known. Helmut is a child that asks a lot of questions and he has since he was a young child. In school he becomes known as a child that is wise beyond his years and his teachers have hope for him. They hope that one day he will become somebody important.

Helmut starts questioning the way in which the German populations chooses to follow Hitler once he realizes how wrong the actions are. When he was a young boy he was sent to go buy bread, he was told he couldn’t buy from his families favorite Jewish baker anymore. He was told he could only buy at German shops. This continued to becoming eventually where Hitler would dictate what the German’s could and couldn’t do and his loyal followers would enforce it. If a German went up against Hitler and caused trouble they too were subject be being treated in inhuman ways and sometimes executed. It really depended on how bad the crimes were they were accused of doing.

Helmut decided that he had to do something and he dared to speak out against Hitler. He dared to tell the Germans the truth. He went about doing it by creating pamphlets that would speak the facts. The facts that Hitler was hiding from the Germans. He got his facts be illegally listening to a radio station that was German. He trusted his facts and did what he could to share them with others.

I think for a sixteen year old boy to stand up and fight for what he believed in in such a way is speaks volumes for how smart her was. I think that this depiction of what his life and his final days in prison were like was incredibly well written.

This book helps to show children that no matter your age, if you think things aren’t right and you want to try and change them, no matter the consequences of your actions, that it’s okay to try. That it’s okay to stand up for your beliefs. In the end Helmut Hubner’s story is being shared with the world. His teachers were right about him, he did become someone. He became someone incredible. He became the boy that dared to stand up to Hitler.
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Zapkode | outras 84 resenhas | Jun 1, 2024 |
The story is very historically accurate and based on the life of Helmuth Hubener, a German boy who was part of the youth SS, while his father was an SS officer. Helmuth got upset with the SS regime and felt as though they were lying to him about the war, and so he began listening to BBC radio on an illegally-imported radio that he shared with his two friends. He created a secret youth group that would make mini pamphlets, which would then be distributed around town, but eventually he gets ratted out by the fourth member of his little group. Helmuth was sentenced to death and his friends were given other punishments. This book is incredibly important, especially since the horrors of the Holocaust are being downplayed in today's society, and the rise of anti-Semitism is becoming quite alarming. As someone with Jewish/Israeli heritage, this story had a profound impact on me when I read it. The idea that this young boy didn't just take the information he was given and actually did his own research is a great lesson to teach students. Today, with social media and the strong influence of celebrities and "influencers," the younger generations are struggling to think for themselves and to make informed and educated decisions.… (mais)
RaeDCordova | outras 84 resenhas | Apr 17, 2024 |
BooksInMirror | outras 84 resenhas | Feb 19, 2024 |



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