By Laurie Halse Anderson
This historical fiction novel by the author of Speak, Wintergirls, & Fever 1793, tells the story of three girls that work or are involved with the factory. Most of the girls who worked there were poor immigrants. In 1911, a blaze broke out, and created one of the worst factory fires in the 20th century. Here is a link to a web tour of this event: http://www.dol.gov/shirtwaist/
The book is phenomenal, like so much of Anderson’s work, but it is not for the faint of heart. Anderson has a way of capturing the reader and not letting them out of a book unaffected.