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Together in Pinecone Patch

4.32  ·  Rating Details  ·  19 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Compelled by poverty, Irish Keara Buckley and Polish Stefan Pazik emigrate with their families to the same coal-mining Pennsylvania town, where, as the children grow up, they rise above the ethnic prejudices of their communities and fall in love.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 24th 1998 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Jenny Williams
Oct 30, 2014 Jenny Williams rated it really liked it
This story is about one coal-mining community divided by their origins. One side of the town is made up of all the immigrants from Poland; this is Stefan’s side of the town. The other side is made up of people from Ireland; this is Keara’s family and neighbors. Since the town is so strictly divided Keara and Stefan begin to be rude to each other, over the years they realize they have much in common, living in a dreary coal-mining town. As they grow in deeper love for each other they show the tow ...more
Abigail
Cute book. An Irish girl and Polish boy hat each other because of what their families say for years, but they eventually meet in secret and grow to love each other and get married.

Yezerski, T.F. (1998). Together in Pinecone Patch. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Keara’s family in Ireland and Stefan’s family in Poland are from very different cultures and have preconceived prejudices about the other’s lifestyle, but they are alike in their inability to feed their families in their homeland, s
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Stacy
Jun 16, 2014 Stacy rated it it was amazing
This is such a cute book. It's about an Irish girl and a polish boy who's family immigrate to America and live in the same mining town. They always hear stay away from those Irish or stay away from the polish. These two at first hate each other because of what their families have told them. Then the get to know each other and find out that they aren't that different after all.
Kim
Interesting J historical fiction about the immigrant experience and the sad reality of predjudice.
Denny
May 15, 2014 Denny rated it it was amazing
Wonderful story about Irish and Polish immigrants and finding love.
Melissa
Feb 18, 2015 Melissa rated it really liked it
Shelves: ypl
Theme of racial divides. Diversity.
Rachel
Mar 02, 2010 Rachel rated it it was amazing
about immigrants working in PA mine town. focuses on prejudice b/w polish and irish immigrants. follows boy and girl of each nationality and how they fall in love and bring the community closer. this one has good emotional investment
Lauren Hahn
Jun 15, 2012 Lauren Hahn rated it really liked it
This could be used to demonstrate prejudice and start a class discussion on how to get above it.
Liesl
Aug 07, 2012 Liesl rated it it was amazing
let us all get along! differences make us great!
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