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Teen Book Club Selection - Uprising

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The Teen Book Club selection for May is Uprising.

We will be meeting on Wednesday, May 23rd @5:30pm at the Central Library.

All teens in grades 8-12 can participate in the book club.  Please sign up at one of your Commerce libraries.

Join us for the book club meeting and you will be entered into a drawing for free movie tickets.


Book Description:

Around her the workers were screaming out prayers and curses.... She herself was sobbing tearlessly.... Her only prayer was still, "I don't want to die."

Oh, please, God, don't let me die, she thought. I've never even had a chance to live.

Bella, newly arrived in New York from Italy, gets a job at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. There, along with hundreds of other immigrants, she works long hours at a grueling job under terrible conditions. Yetta, a coworker from Russia, has been crusading for a union, and when factory conditions worsen, she helps workers rise up in a strike. Wealthy Jane learns of the plight of the workers and becomes involved with their cause.

Bella and Yetta are at work -- and Jane is visiting the factory -- on March 25, 1911, when a spark ignites some cloth and the building is engulfed in fire, leading to one of the worst workplace disasters ever.

Margaret Peterson Haddix draws on extensive historical research to bring the tragedy of the Triangle Shirtwaist fire to tangible life through her thrilling story of Bella, Yetta, and Jane.


Book Trailer, from TeacherTube


Some Words from the Author:

When my daughter was in third grade, she brought home a list one day that described what everyone in her class wanted to be when they grew up. Most of the kids clearly picked the same jobs their parents held. But a few went for the fantastical. One kid said he wanted to be a spy; another was longing to be a professional dirt-biker; another saw himself as a future movie director. And I looked at that list and thought, “Yep, I’m with the dirt-biker and the spy.”

For more from Margaret Peterson Haddix, please visit her website or check out her books:

Haddix interviewed by Cynthia Leitich Smith

Watch a TV interview of Haddix.  Note: Microsoft Silverlight is required to view this video.


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Wanna Know More About the Triangle Fire?


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Here's a short clip from a documentary, The Story of Us


Here's a PBS documentary on the Triangle Fire


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