Silver at Night by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

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Massimino emigrates from Italy to work in the coal mines of turn-of-the-century America and slowly saves enough silver to pay the passage of his fiancâee.

About Susan Campbell Bartoletti

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Susan Campbell Bartoletti is the award-winning author of several books for young readers, including Black Potatoes: The Story of the Great Irish Famine, 1845-1850, winner of the Robert F. Sibert Medal. She lives in Moscow, Pennsylvania. Visit her website at
Published September 20, 1994 by Knopf Books for Young Readers.
Genres: Children's Books.

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Bartoletti (Study Skills Workout, not reviewed) tells of Massimino, who works for the landlord of his Italian village and wants a better life.

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Yearning for property of his own, Massimino leaves his village and his one love, Perina, who predicts that he will someday be a rich man, with ""gold in the morning and silver at night."" He sails across the ocean to ``a new country,'' then boards a train for ""a village nestled in the arms of a ...

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