Elizabeth Bloomer, Child Labor Activist

Elizabeth Bloomer, Child Labor Activist

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by Jennifer Reed

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Gr 4-8 - Inspired by the life and work of Iqbal Masih, a boy from Pakistan sold into slavery, Bloomer became an opponent of child labor while attending middle school. Reed tells not only her story, but also that of Iqbal, who was freed from his plight and able to campaign for other child laborers in Pakistan before he was murdered. After he visited her middle school, the students and staff became quite active in the child-labor movement, which laid the foundation for Bloomer's enthusiasm and support. Now 22, she has been a member of her college's Appalachia Service Project, participated in Habitat for Humanity International, and volunteered in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. The important roles that both family and faith played in Bloomer's activism are repeated often throughout the book. The writing is clear, if unremarkable, and photographs from both of the young people's lives are dotted throughout. Paired with Francesco D'Adamo's Iqbal(S & S, 2003), a fictionalized account of Iqbal Masih's life, this title becomes that much more moving and significant.-Jody Kopple, Shady Hill School, Cambridge, MA

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Gale Group
Publication date:
Young Heroes
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
13 - 16 Years

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