My Name Is America: The Journal Of Otto Peltonen, A Finnish Immigrant (My Name is America series)

by William Durbin

Hardcover, 2000


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J DA 1905 MN


Scholastic Inc. (2000), Edition: 1st, Hardcover, 208 pages


In 1905 fifteen-year-old Otto describes in his journal how he travels from Finland to America, joining his father in a dreary iron mining community in Minnesota and becoming involved in a union fight for better working conditions.

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LibraryThing member t1bclasslibrary
Otto leaves Finland with his family to join his father in Minnesota. Minnesota is not what he has expected- the mines are a hard place to work for his father, and he's in constant danger. Their home is a three-room shack (not nearly as nice as in Finland) and it's hard saving up enough money to get
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a farm. In the end, however, they succeed and escape the mines (which had an unsuccessful strike).
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LibraryThing member Beammey
Very good book. It really opens your eyes as to what some people had to go through not even hundred years ago and how hard life was for them. I would read this again and recommend it. 4.5 out of 5 stars.


Minnesota Book Awards (Finalist — Young Adult — 2001)


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208 p.; 7.73 inches


043909254X / 9780439092548



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