Margaret Peterson Haddix
“I will go back to Triangle. I'm not done fighting there. I don't know how I'll do it, but I'm sure -- I can still do something to change that place.” Yetta
started reading Sept. 24, 2011
ended Oct. 2, 2011
Synopsis:Three girls become unlikely friends during troubled times in early 1900s New York City. Bella, newly arrived from Italy, gets a job at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. There, along with hundreds of others, she works long hours at a guieling job under terrible conditions. Yetta, a coworker from Russia, has been crusading for a union, and when conditions worsen, she joins a historic strike. Wealthy Jane learns of the plight of the workers and becomes involved in their cause. And all three girls are at the Triangle factory on March 26, 1911, when a spark ignites some cloth and the building is engulfed in fire. Can any of them survive?(taken from Haddix webpage)
This book is very well researched. It is one of the best historical fiction books I have read in a long time. Haddix does a wonderful job of keeping facts in an accurate timeline and capturing the very likely feelings and situations of each of the three girls involved. Each girl is different in many ways.
Bella is a 15 year old immigrant from Italy. She was sent to America to help support her family back home.Yetta is a Jewish girl from Russia who has come to America to reunite with her older sister.
Jane is a 16 year old wealthy girl from New York who lives with her father and governess/chaperon
I love that each girl has her own trials to deal with, yet they are somehow always there for each other. Each girl has her own agenda and dreams and they soon realize that it can all change too quickly.
The Triangle shirtwaist factory fires was an actual event that took place on March 25, 1911 due to many problems inside and outside of the factory.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in historical events or a great bittersweet novel.
Here are a few websites you can get more information on either the book or facts about the events.