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Children's LiteratureThe format of this book is my favorite—graphic! This nonfiction book is about the unsafe working conditions in a sewing factory located in New York City in the early 1900s. This is a book about bravery and determination. It certainly lends itself to classroom discussions and is perfect to spark an interest for further researching. The story opens with the manager asking if the worker's could speak English, demonstrating how our country grew from using immigrants in the job field. This particular story also shows how workers were treated and how poor working conditions had to change. There are four chapters in just 27 pages, and all major facts are well covered. I especially like the small boxes found on many of the pages that give further insight into the situation. For example, 400,000 people lined the streets to mourn the 146 people who died in the fire. At the end of the book the author includes two pages of additional information. In addition, there is a glossary, a "Read More" section, Internet sites, and a bibliography. This book is perfect for students who are reluctant readers and never seem to finish a book on their own. It is also a wonderful way to introduce nonfiction books to young people. The graphics are great and provide excellent accompaniment for the text. Graphic books are also perfect for the English as a second language student. Part of the "Graphic Library" series. 2006, Capstone Press, Ages 6 to 12.
—Kathie M. Josephs