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.


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