Both a student and a staffer recommended Uprising by Margaret Peterson Haddix, (who BTW has a very cool website. I especially like her info for students writing reports!)
So I bought UPRISING and am just getting started on what promises to be a heartbreaking historical read about the 1911 fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory.
"Tell me about the fire."
Mr.s Livngston stares at the young woman standing before her-the young woman who has barged into her house univited, unannounced. Mrs. Livingston is known for her kindness and charity; her friends say that Mrs. Livingston will listen to anyone who is troubled or lonely or sad. Even beggars in the street. Even women of ill repute.
But Ms. Livingston cannot hide her disgust at the sight of this young woman with the dark bobbed hair, her trim body swathed in a fine fur coat.
"You're one of the daughters," Mrs. Livingston finally says. "Harriet?"
Harriet nods. Slowly.
"Then you were there," Mrs. Livingston says. "You saw what happened."
"I was five years old," Harriet says. "All I remember is smoke and flames and people screaming. And being carried to safety."
"Yes, you got out safely," Mrs. Livingston says. "Unharmed."
"So did you."
While casting about on the internet for more info, I also discovered this book which is about the same fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in 1911. Fascinating how similar the covers are.
But wait! There's more. Another young adult novel.
And these for younger readers.