Thursday, October 15, 2009
Uprising by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Three girls from completely different backgrounds become good friends in this story set in New York in 1913. Yetta is an immigrant from Russia who lives with her sister in a tenement building. They both work at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory and are working to start a union that will protect the workers at the factory from the unfair work practices of the factory bosses. Bella has just come to America from Italy. She hopes to make enough money to send home to her family and save them from starving to death. She is living with her cousin in a boarding house and also gets a job at the shirtwaist factory. Jane is a rich girl who has recently become aware that not everyone has a life as easy as hers. She wants to help the workers who have gone on strike but her father and governess won't let her do anything other than attend parties. Jane, Bella and Yetta eventually end up living together and becoming close friends before their lives are torn apart by a fire at the shirtwaist factory.