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The Locket: Surviving the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

by Suzanne Lieurance

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The prose is pretty basic and uninspired, but the story is powerful. Lots of information is packed into the text regarding working conditions and factory life at that time, and the Jewish content is significant. Better writing could have made the same story much more powerful, but middle grade girls should be able to connect with the two sisters. ( )
  cavlibrary | Aug 30, 2016 |
If you are looking for a historical fiction that will knock your socks off then this is the book. This story is a familiar one to many of us. It is the story of lives lost in one of the worst fires in New York City. Galena and Anya are two Jewish sisters who have immigrated from Russia with their parents. Anya works on the 10th floor of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. Galena is only 14 and works on the eighth floor. Her job is to snip loose threads from the garments. She works six days a week. Her sister's boyfriend Dimitri is trying to get Anya to join the union. Their mother is against it. Dimitri wants them to be safe and he knows that working for the union is the only way that can be guaranteed. In March of 1911 a fire broke out in the factory. Anya runs upstairs to find her sister. What she witnesses that day is such a horror. When talking to my students about it they will be able to make connections between this book and the Towers that were hit on 9/11. It is a book that is hard to put down. It is a story that must be heard again and again. It is one I will definitely read to my students. ( )
  skstiles612 | Dec 30, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 076602928X, Library Binding)

Galena, an eleven-year-old Russian-Jewish immigrant, lives in New York City with her family and works at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company factory with her older sister Anya. The factory pays low wages and has terrible working conditions, making Anya yearn to join a union. Soon a horrible fire guts the factory leaving Galena with painful, horrific memories. Follow author Suzanne Lieurance in this dramatic historical fiction novel, as she describes how Galena uses the support of friends, family, and Jewish traditions to inspire her to fight for workers rights.

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After Galena, an eleven-year-old Russian immigrant, survives a terrible fire at the non-unionized Triangle Shirtwaist factory while her older sister and many others do not, she begins fighting for improved working conditions in New York City factories.… (more)

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