Friday, December 3, 2010

Historical Fiction Friday


For this Friday I came across something that I am dying to get my hands. on. When I was a kid I remember watching a movie about the Triangle Factory Fire on TV. I was memorized. So, any books I can find on it will be snatched up.

Here is a summary:
It's 1910, and thirteen-year-old Raisa has just traveled alone from a small Polish shtetl all the way to New York City. It's overwhelming, awe-inspiring, and even dangerous, especially when she discovers that her sister has disappeared and she must now fend for herself. She finds work in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory sewing bodices on the popular shirtwaists. Raisa makes friends and even--dare she admit it?--falls in love. But then 1911 dawns, and one March day a spark ignites in the factory. One of the city's most harrowing tragedies unfolds, and Raisa's life is forever changed. . . .

One hundred years after the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, this moving young adult novel gives life to the tragedy and hope of this transformative event in American history.

2 comments:

Margo said...

I'm really looking forward to reading that as well. There's several other teen novels on the same subject: Uprising, by Margaret Peterson Haddix (2007) and Ashes of Roses by Mary Jane Auch (2004). It would be interesting to compare all three! I've read Ashes of Roses but not Uprising.

YA Librarian said...

I've read Ashes years ago. I forgot about Uprising. Thanks for the reminder :)