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Uprising Paperback – January 18, 2011
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Grade 6–8—This deftly crafted historical novel unfolds dramatically with an absorbing story and well-drawn characters who readily evoke empathy and compassion. Haddix has masterfully melded in-depth information about the history of immigration, the struggle for women's rights, the beginnings of the organized labor movement, and the horrific Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in 1911 within a narrative that will simultaneously engross and educate its readers. The story is told from the alternating perspectives of Bella, an Italian immigrant teen; Yetta, a Russian Jewish immigrant; and Jane, the daughter of an upper-class American businessman. Yetta is opinionated and aware of how immigrants, especially women, are mistreated. She is outspoken and ready to work toward improving conditions. Bella is a new immigrant and easily taken advantage of. She only wants to earn money to send home so the rest of her family can join her in America. Though wealthy, Jane is influenced by college girls who are starting to work for women's rights. The three girls meet during the strike at the Triangle factory. Jane bravely leaves home when she learns that her father was involved in trying to break the strike. This absorbing and informative read is a wonderful companion to Mary Jane Auch's Ashes of Roses (Holt, 2002).—Renee Steinberg, formerly at Fieldstone Middle School, Montvale, NJ
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“Haddix is a masterful storyteller and succeeds in putting a human face on a historical tragedy. Recommended.”—"Library Media Connection"
“A compelling message about labor, sacrifice, and the price of freedom in America.”—"Publishers Weekly"
“Will keep readers turning the pages. An excellent author’s note provides additional historical information.”—"Booklist"
“This deftly crafted historical novel unfolds dramatically with an absorbing story and well-drawn characters who readily evoke empathy and compassion.”—"School Library Journal"
"This deftly crafted historical novel unfolds dramatically with an absorbing story and well-drawn characters who readily evoke empathy and compassion."--"School Library Journal"
"Haddix is a masterful storyteller and succeeds in putting a human face on a historical tragedy. Recommended."--"Library Media Connection"
"Will keep readers turning the pages. An excellent author's note provides additional historical information."--"Booklist"
"A compelling message about labor, sacrifice, and the price of freedom in America."--"Publishers Weekly"
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Each of the three girls in the book, Bella and Yetta and Jane, each are completely different people and personalities who form an unlikely bond. I love how we were able to take a peek into early 20th Century life for woman in different social standings. Readers are able to see the struggles that immigrants faced when coming to New York City and also the expectations put on those in high society standings.
I love how fierce and sure Yetta was and how she held fast to the things she believed in. Even when other’s around her lost faith she kept fighting for something she thought was right. Being a young woman in that time period it took a lot of guts for her to be able to stand up so loudly and fight for women’s rights and unions.
Bella is probably my favorite of the three girls (but shh don’t tell Yetta or Jane) because she struggles so much throughout the book but she keeps going. She is newly arrived from Italy when her story begins and she doesn’t speak English yet. She is able to hold a job and adapt to her surroundings. I also loved seeing her story because it shows more of her living situation in the book and I felt like that was a real eye opener.
Jane’s father has made a lot of money and prior to the book she spent most of her time with other young society women. When she begins to lose interest in their conversations she discovers the strike and is introduced to a whole new world.
All three of their lives intertwine and weave together to tell a very real story of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory disaster. I love that many of the details were true and not fiction. I love that this book will introduce what happened to so many people on a deeper level than what history class can teach us.
Haddix is a wonderful storyteller who brings the economic plight of young immigrants to life. The chapters follow each of the three main characters Bella, Yetta, and Jane as they fight for women's rights, labor rights, and respect in a world of class struggles and prejudice. Many photos of the actual events described in the book can be found online. These visual resources can really bring the book alive for all ages.
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