Gr 4-6-On March 25, 1911, it took about half an hour for a fire to start, spread, kill 146 people, and be extinguished. Lasting labor reform came about because of this disaster. Readers are exposed to the dreadful and, by today's standards, underhanded and illegal working conditions of immigrants (here, mostly women). The short chapters are enlivened with period photographs, including a horrific view of the bodies of women who had leaped to their deaths to escape the flames. Although the text is easy to read, the horror is not sugarcoated.-Anne Chapman Callaghan, Racine Public Library, WI Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.