Uprising: Three Young Women Caught in the Fire That Changed America

Uprising: Three Young Women Caught in the Fire That Changed America

by Margaret Peterson Haddix

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The fire at the Triangle Waist Company in New York City, which claimed the lives of 146 young immigrant workers, is one of the worst disasters since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, and the disaster, which brought attention to the labor movement in America, is part of the curriculum in classrooms throughout the country.

Told from alternating points of view, this historical novel draws upon the experiences of three very different young women: Bella, who has just emigrated from Italy and doesn't speak a word of English; Yetta, a Russian immigrant and crusader for labor rights; and Jane, the daughter of a wealthy businessman. Bella and Yetta work together at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory under terrible conditions--their pay is docked for even the slightest mistake, the bosses turn the clocks back so closing time is delayed, and they are locked into the factory all day, only to be frisked before they leave at night to make sure they haven't stolen any shirtwaists. When the situation worsens, Yetta leads the factory's effort to strike, and she meets Jane on the picket line. Jane, who feels trapped by the limits of her own sheltered existence, joins a group of high-society women who have taken an interest in the strike as a way of supporting women's suffrage. Through a series of twists and turns, the three girls become fast friends--and all of them are in the Triangle Shirtwast Factory on March 25, 1911, the day of the fateful fire. In a novel that puts a human face on the tragedy, Margaret Peterson Haddix has created a sweeping, forceful tale that will have readers guessing until the last page who--if anyone--survives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442419568
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date: 01/18/2011
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 272,747
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 12 - 15 Years

About the Author

Margaret Peterson Haddix is the author of many critically and popularly acclaimed YA and middle grade novels, including the Children of Exile series, The Missing series, the Under Their Skin series, and the Shadow Children series. A graduate of Miami University (of Ohio), she worked for several years as a reporter for The Indianapolis News. She also taught at the Danville (Illinois) Area Community College. She lives with her family in Columbus, Ohio. Visit her at HaddixBooks.com.

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Uprising 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 80 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is one of my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE books in the entire universe. I am 13 years old and in the 8th grade. It taught me about an event that changed so many peoples lives. Haddix is my favorite author. I felt like I was with Yetta'my favorite characher'as she was striking and as she was falling an in the fire. The story line at first was hard to follow but once I understood how it worked, I could not put the book down. I cried almost the entire last 100 pages. It was terribly sad'I love sad books' but it moved me. RIP all of the factory workers and all of the other people who worked in the Triangle Shirtewaist Factory or were involved in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. RIP 3
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read everything that Margaret Peterson Haddix hs written, and this is by far her best book. She tells the story of a devastating fire in a touching and compelling way. If you have any doubts about reading this book, let me put them to rest. This book was marvelous and well worth the time I spent reading it over and over. This book deserves a spot on the bestseller list of absolutely everything.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm not going to spoil this book's AWESOME story line, but I will say that it's worth the money. I will also say that Bella, Yetta, and Jane are all caught in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, and only one of them survives. I will not say which one, though! You'll have to read it to find out. Yetta is probably my favorite character, with Jane as a close second. Overall, I love this book, and it is worth the money! People who like historical fiction will love it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so good and so sad. It is about three girls, Bella, Yetta, and Jane. Bella is a imagrant from italy who comes to America so she could send money to her poor family back in Calia, her village. She works at the triangle shirtwaist factory, home to the fire that changed America. She labors six days a week with a meager salary of four dollars a week and less if you do even one little thing wrong. Yetta is a fabrente girl who immigrated from Russia with her older sister Rahel she is part of the union composing a strike against poor working conditions at the triangle shirtwaist factory. She is dying for equality, and when she see's Jane the rich girl she wishes she could be able to have enough money that she does not have to work. Jane, is a rich girl who see's the girls on strike and wishes that she could be as free as them. Later she realizes that she is a very rich girl, but she does not have any money of her own, or that she has any control over. She admits she is not sure her father loved her. Her mother did, she is sure, but her mother died when she was nine. Other girls, their mothers would tell them to tighten up their corsets and get out there, and they would do it beacause they knew they loved them. Jane knew Miss Millhouse did not love her. "Falling does not take a long time even from nine stories up, but for it did it took the last moments of her life" - from Uprising In this book one of the three friends survive two die. The blank is the spot wher ethe name of the charachter would go. I will not tell you that. For the other death an exerp is in the overview. I give this book five stars Margaret Peterson Haddix is my favorie author, and this book rocks!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book about three girls named Bella, Yetta, and Jane. Bella and Yetta are both immigrants in the U.S. and you learn of their struggles in the new world. This book is very eye opening and attention grabbing. I really enjoyed her writin style. You feel like you are really there.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the saddest books that I have ever read. If people don't want a spoiler then don't read the review called "Heart breaking".
Guest More than 1 year ago
I did not think that this book would be very good when I started it. I was wrong. By the end I couldnt put it down. I will definately recommond this to my 15 yr old niece. A great read about history.
Thelaxkid on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great book! I enjoyed this book alot, but at some points it was boring to me. Near the end is when it really sucked me in, i couldn't put it down. The great ending balances out the not as interesting introduction. So in my opinion a great read for Intermediate level readers and above.
ShellyPYA on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Yetta and Rahel are strong voices in the Triangle Shirtwaist factory strike, but Yetta is disappointed when some of their demands are met but the owners don¿t recognize the union. Rahel gets married and Yetta feels like she¿s not really supporting the cause. Bella, who worked through the strike without realizing what was going on, finds out her family in Italy is dead and the people she¿s been staying with have spent the money she thought was being sent back home, so she moves in with Yetta. Jane, a rich society girl angry at her father for hiring strikebreakers, also leaves and moves in with them. The three are together when the historic fire rages through the factory.
camcleod on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Definitely one of the better novels in my research sample! Haddix portrays three characters in relation to the Triangle fire. Yetta wants to be like her older sister, a real radical, or so she thinks! Bella, an Italian worker, determinedly continues as her post during the 1909 strike. In one funny and poignant scene, she attempts to speak in the language she assumed was English, only to learn that she has actually learned Yiddish instead because so many of her co-workers were Russian and Eastern European Jews. Jane is a wealthy girl whose socialite friends introduce her to the lives of factory workers. Long after the inetrest of some of those friends has faded, Jane continues to seek out the Triangle workers and eventually ends up at the factory on that fateful day in 1911. Similar in many ways to Auch's "Ashes of Roses," "Uprising" manages to tell a compelling story while critiquing the underlying inequities of the system.
schwager on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I bought this for my classroom, but wanted to read it before I put it out. I'm glad that I took the chance to read it and although it is a little difficult for the grade level I teach I will be passing it along to others.This is a compelling story with good characters which would appeal to adolescent girls. The best part of this work is that it was so historically accurate. It is clear that the Haddix has done her research, particularly referencing "Triangle" by Von Drehle. Emotionally charged read.
justablondemoment on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was just okay for me. There were times for me that it dragged and times that you could not tear me away. The book was mostly about the workers strike. There was only a couple of chapters at the end that dealt with the actual fire. It was very clear the author had done her research and the authors notes at the end of the story were very interesting and educational. The one thing I didn't like was how she went straight from talking about the strike to ...boom...the fire. I felt there could have been a little more lead up to it. All in all good read.
JRlibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A great story detailing the lives of three girls; Bella, Jane and Yetta who end up becoming friends. The author does a great job of making the reader feel the desperation of tough economic times and the plight of women before they had the right to vote.
librariankristin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Three teens from diverse backgrounds (Italian Catholic Bella, Russian Jew Yetta, and wealthy Jane) experience the events leading up to the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in 1911. Told in flashback by the only one of the three girls to survive the fire, the reader is kept guessing until the end which of the friends will escape.
KbookB on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Uprising by Margaret Petersen Haddix tells the story of the Triangle Shirtwaist fire and how it affected the lives the three main characters: Bella, Yetta and Jane. Bella is a newly arrived immigrant from Italy. Her cousin Pietro finds her a job at Triangle and she dreams of sending her money home to feed her starving family. The job is difficult, the bosses are mean and workers are yelled at for working slowly and docked pay for the errors that come from their haste. After her first day, Bella is not paid because she is only applying for the job. She is furious, but does not quit because of her family. Yetta is a Jewish-Russian who works at the factory. She is a zealous supporter of the strike against the company, seeing it as her mission. Jane comes from incredible wealth and comes to meet Yetta and Bella by accident. She accompanies an acquaintance to demonstrate support for the strikers and then returns as often as she can to watch. After Bella is struck by her chauffeur, Jane takes her home and shows her kindness. Uprising uses first-person accounts from the three main characters to reveal the story of the Triangle fire. The three main characters are well developed and realistic and the reader will find themselves feeling a range of emotions for each. Haddix obviously sympathizes with her characters, and at times their thoughts become moralizing. The book¿s subject and characters make it a very good recommendation for girls who like realistic fiction or historical novels. Boys interested in historical fiction may also enjoy reading about this event in American history.
abbylibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A gripping story about three young women caught up in the strike of 1909. Bella has newly arrived from Italy, hellbent on saving her impoverished family with the money she sends back from America. Yetta immigrated from Russia several years ago and is passionate about changing the unfair labor laws that keep her and her friends chained to a sewing machine for a paltry wage. Jane is from a wealthy family, but feels trapped in a gilded cage. Events of the strike bring the three young women together and they become great friends, all fighting for the same cause. An excellent historical novel about an impassioned time in American history. I grew to really care about each of the girls and was sucked in to their lives of hardship, of tough decisions, of tragedy and triumph. Highly recommended.
Michelle_Palmer More than 1 year ago
This was one of the most powerful historical novels that I have ever read. The characters of Jane, Bella, and Yetta felt absolutely real. I am a high school history teacher and I felt like I was reading a personal account from this time period. The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire is a horrific point in American history, a time period that feels very much like our own. Big business was getting it's way with very little regulation and the people were suffering for it. This book tells the story of The Triangle Shirtwaist Strike as well as the fire that happened shortly after. The stories of what the strikers endured are just as horrific as the story of the fire itself. The characterization, plotting, and pacing were all excellently rendered by Ms. Haddix. This is the first of her books I have written but it will not be the last.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I truly loved this book. Margaret Peterson Haddix is an exceptional writer, but this historical fiction piece was spectacular. I became attached to all three main characters, and after finishing it I cried. A beautiful work that illuminates one of America's most well known tragedies.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great read about the triangle fire. I couldn't put it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book touched my heart and i wish i could thank margaret peterson haddix in person for the book and how well written it was:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book I should give a two but I am giving it a three because it was pretty intese but it was pretty predicdable about what was going tohappen
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It painted on what immigration looked like.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Omg where can i start well ill summries it for u best book ever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago