Tuesday, January 28, 2014


Uprising By: Margaret Peterson Haddix

Bella has come to America to search for work to support her family at home. She is helped out by her cousin,  who finds her a job in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory.  Bella does not like the work that she has to do, and finds it hard and unfair.  But many people are in her position and there is nothing she can do about it.  When he cousin leaves her, and the women of the factory go on strike, Bella is truly lost.  She meets Yetta, who is leading the campaign against the mistreatment of the workers, and they become friends.  Each girl in this story is trying to find her own way, and make  a living under hard circumstances.

I thought that this was a great book about a very hard thing for women and immigrants in 1909. The way the story is told is art really, as you feel you are a part of the girls lives.  I found this to be a wonderful historical fiction story, with a terrific amount of information about the tread of women mill workers.  A perfect middle school read.

I borrowed this from the public library
ISBN: 978-1-4169-1172-2

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