Friday, June 27, 2008

Mock Printz: Uprising by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Author:Margaret Peterson Haddix
Publisher:Simon & Schuster
Three teens, one Jewish, one Italian and one wealthy, all meet each other during a strike at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. Yetta speaks Yiddish, Bella speaks only Italian and Jane doesn't know how to do her own hair because servants do it for her. It is 1910 and these young women are living when all women are just property with no legal rights. As a reader, you get to know their stories-- Yetta who left her parent behind in Russia, Belaa, who can't read or write and does not know that her family all died back in Italy and then there is Jane, who had the saddest story since her mother died and her father is mainly interested in his business. Their lives intersect in this one period of time and the fire ultimately ties them together permanently. I loved this book !!! The characters are so enjoyable and the book was great. There are some brief historical notes in the back about the union, the fire and the suffragette movement. It was very touching and memorable.

Susan Rappaport, Rutherford Public Library

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