- Published: New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, c2007.
- Year Published: 2007
- Edition: 1st ed.
- Description: 346 p. ; 22 cm.
- Language: English
- Format: Book
- Lexile: 790
- 1416911715 (alk. paper)
- 9781416911715 (alk. paper)
- Triangle Shirtwaist Company -- Fiction.
- Triangle Shirtwaist Company -- Fiction. -- Fire, 1911
- Immigrants -- Fiction.
- Factories -- Fiction.
- Labor disputes -- Fiction.
- Strikes and lockouts -- Fiction.
- New York (N.Y.) -- Fiction. -- History -- 1898-1951
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Call number: Teen Fiction
Available Copies: Downtown Teen, Traverwood Teen, West Teen
In 1927, at the urging of twenty-one-year-old Harriet, Mrs. Livingston reluctantly recalls her experiences at the Triangle Shirtwaist factory, including miserable working conditions that led to a strike, then the fire that took the lives of her two best friends, when Harriet, the boss's daughter, was only five years old. Includes historical notes.
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One of the best thing about this book, to me, was the fact that the characters aren't "the lucky ones," so when you read it, you really realize that this was actually what was happening to so many people. In so many books like this, the main characters suffer, perhaps some lesser characters die, but the heroines end up all right. Not in this one, though, so the reader doesn't just think, "Well, sure, this happened to some people, but mostly people were all right. After all, the characters in this book were fine." This book really makes you understand that it was only "the lucky ones" who were all right in the end. Of course, this part of the book could discourage some people from reading it. They don't want to read books where the heroines die! But even if you're feeling like that, you should still read the book. I don't want my review to be discouraging people from reading it! You will still like it, quite likely. That was my experience with Uprising. While I was reading it, I could hardly put it down, but at the same time I was dreading reaching the sad ending hinted at in the beginning of the book. When I got there, I felt like crying... but I wanted to read it all over again. It was that good.
So, yeah, I would definitely recommend this, although it is a very serious book with some quite sad parts.
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