All About Adolescent Literacy

All about adolescent literacy. Resources for parents and educators of kids in grades 4-12.
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A video interview with

Susan Campbell Bartoletti

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Bio

Susan Campbell Bartoletti was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and grew up surrounded by lots of pets — ducks, guinea pigs, parakeets, hamsters, even a goat. As a girl, Bartoletti enjoyed horseback riding, piano lessons and exploring nature, but she liked reading and drawing the best.

Bartoletti majored in English in college and enjoyed all kinds of writing assignments, including research reports, creative writing assignments, poetry and journalism. After graduation, she became an eighth-grade English teacher and advisor to the student literary magazine. For nearly ten years she taught and wrote books, and she credits her students with inspiring her to pursue writing full time.

Bartoletti writes picture books, as well as great non-fiction for older students. She is the author of Black Potatoes: The Story of the Great Irish Famine 1845-1850 (Sibert Award) Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow (Newbery Honor) and Growing Up in Coal Country.

Selected Books

from Susan Campbell Bartoletti


Hitler Youth : Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow

Age Level: 12-14

How were otherwise kind, intelligent teenagers drawn into an organization like the Hitler Youth? This well-researched and well-documented book examines the rise of the Nazi party and its sway over teens. Using primary sources, including interviews, the author features the stories of several teens who came of age during Hitler's years of power.

Buy Hitler Youth : Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow


Growing Up in Coal Country

Age Level: 9-12

Dangerous work and long hours were the norm for some poor children-many of them young immigrants — who worked in Pennsylvania coal mines prior to child labor laws.

Buy Growing Up in Coal Country


Kids on Strike

Age Level: 9-12

A portrait of the grim conditions of child laborers in the 19th century, as well as children's role in organizing protests.

Buy Kids on Strike


Black Potatoes: The Story of the Great Irish Famine

Age Level: 9-12

First-person accounts and news stories help convey the incredible devastation of the Irish Potato Famine, and its impact on Ireland, where many died or immigrated, and the U.S., which absorbed many of the refugees.

Buy Black Potatoes: The Story of the Great Irish Famine


My Name is America: The Journal of Finn Reardon

Age Level: 9-12

The tale of a young Irish-American who aspires to be a reporter, while supporting his widowed mother and siblings by selling newspapers.

Buy My Name is America: The Journal of Finn Reardon


Boy Who Dared

Age Level: 9-12

A German teen is jailed for treason after publishing leaflets that expose Hitler’s lies.

Buy Boy Who Dared


They Called Themselves the K.K.K.

Age Level: 14-16

The story of how a secret terrorist group took root in America, its evolution from a club formed by six young men in Tennessee to a secret society with members across the South.

Buy They Called Themselves the K.K.K.