The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

by Jessica Gunderson, Phil Miller, Charles Barnett III

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Tells the story of the fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist factory in New York City on March 25, 1911. Written in graphic-novel format.


Tells the story of the fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist factory in New York City on March 25, 1911. Written in graphic-novel format.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
The 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

Product Details

Capstone Press
Publication date:
Disasters in History Series
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Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
8 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Jessica Gunderson grew up in the small town of Washburn, North Dakota. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Dakota and an MFA in Creative Writing from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She has written more than fifty books for young readers. Her book Ropes of Revolution won the 2008 Moonbeam Award for best graphic novel. She currently lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with her husband and cat.

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