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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  3,908 ratings  ·  627 reviews
Around her the workers were screaming out prayers and curses.... She herself was sobbing tearlessly....Her only prayer was still, "I don't want to die."

Oh, please, God, don't let me die, she thought. I've never even had a chance to live.


Bella, newly arrived in New York from Italy, gets a job at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. There, along with hundreds of other immigrant...more
Hardcover, 346 pages
Published September 25th 2007 by Simon & Schuster Books
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Olivia
This is the review I wrote for the paper at my school.

Uprising takes place in the late 1900’s and focuses around three girls: Bella, Yetta, and Jane. Bella is an Italian immigrant and Yetta is a Russian immigrant. Bella and Yetta are poor and have very little money. Jane however, is not an immigrant and is very rich. They all live in New York City and don’t know that one event will bring them together as friends. This book centers on the Triangle Strike and tragic fire that led to 146 of the 500...more
Jodi
My daughter picked this up at the library and after reading it, recommended it to me. Since I'm usually the one doing the recommending I thought I should humor her. I'm so glad I did. Another historical fiction novel about the Triangle Shirtwaist fire but more in depth than Threads and Flames. In this novel we learn about the strike that happened months before the fire as well as a more realistic picture of immigrant life. Haddix also allows some of her characters to perish in the fire which is...more
Kajal Patel
Apr 09, 2013 Kajal Patel rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone on the face of this earth!
*Warning: tiny spoilers here and there :) *

I did the wrong thing in the beginning: I judged a book by its cover. After the first glance at the cover, I thought this book would be the most boring book I have ever read. It turns out it was one of the best books I've ever read. Usually I'm not a fan of books about women's rights, or slavery, or any book of that matter, but the author takes a spin on it, having characters that could be fake but are relatable to the many workers at the (real) Triangl...more
Ann
Uprising is historical fiction about the Triangle Shirtwaist Company, in the time leading up to the infamous fire that killed over a hundred garment workers in 1911. In alternating chapters, the book focuses on Bella, fresh off the boat from Italy and desperate to make money to send home to her starving family; Yetta, a revolutionary who escaped the pogroms of czarist Russia; and Jane, a young socialite chafing at the restrictions of her pampered, meaningless life.

Haddix takes us through the st...more
Anaya
'BELLA, YETTA and JANE'!!
This book is an account of true history. It is a very inspiring read and makes, us girls feel special. It has a sad ending that makes you feel depressed but it is a very realistic ending. Their triangle may have never formed in real life but it is a very absorbing addition to the book UPRISING. Bella lost her family twice and it makes me feel really sorry for her. Yetta's protests and strike don't go in vain but sadly she never knows if they come true or not. Jane's wis...more
Ava
Even though I read Uprising by Margaret Peterson Haddix a year ago I still think of it, it has left me with a lasting impression. My first impression was that I was going to hate this book, at this point I wasn’t the biggest fan of historical fiction. Now it’s one of my favorite genres.

Uprising is about a 15 year old girl named Bella; she is from Italy and going to New York. This would be so strange and new. She is doing this because her father passes away and her family is in debt. Bella’s fami...more
Kierstin
I loved learning about this time period. I was not familiar with these true historical events at all and the story the author created around these events was very tender and heartbreaking. Sometimes it is easy for us today forget the sacrifices of the past that we have so greatly benefited from. The characters, the story, the plot, and the resolution were all fantastic and now these historical events are imprinted on my mind.

The sad thing is there are still factories like that all over the world...more
Paula
Haddix does a good job of putting a human face on a workplace tragedy, the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire of 1911. Told in the third person, Haddix alternates the point of view from Bella, a young Italian immigrant, to Yetta, a Russian Jewish immigrant, to Jane, a young girl born into the upper class of New York City. Bella and Yetta are employed at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company, working to create the fashionable shirtwaists worn by college girls. They live in the tenements barely scraping by, due i...more
Karen
Loved it. I picked up this book right after Ashes of Roses, which was a book that disappointed me with its storyline. Uprising should have gotten more interest. First of all, it deals with not only the Triangle Shirtwaist fire, but the strike that occurred the year before. Ashes of Roses made it seem like the factory was a decent place to work. Uprising, as it starts with the strike, shows a completely different side. It follows 3 different girls who become involved: a Russian immigrant socialis...more
Laura
Library day was Friday which means that I get to go to the library many, many times over the course of a day. The librarian had set aside some books, I never asked the reason, and I began browsing. I saw this new title by Margaret Peterson Haddix. Her Hidden series had been good so I checked this one out.

I have long been fascinated with the Triangle Shirtwaist Company fire. I adore how the author provided relevancy to that fire from 1911 by comparing it to 9/11 and America today. I hadn't really...more
Gillis
May 20, 2013 Gillis added it
Gillis Frechette
H period English
5/19/13

For the fourth quarter I read Uprising by Margret Peterson Haddix. In this book there are three main charectors who come from very different worlds and who become friends. First there is Bella who arrived from Italy. She came to New York alone at age 15 in order to send money home to her starving family in Italy. She lives in a filthy, crowded boarding house, and she gets a job at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. There, along with hundreds of others, she wo...more
LuAnn
Can I give a book 10 stars? What a fabulous piece of historical fiction, but what would you expect when you take a former newspaper woman and turn her into a children's writer? Haddix has well-researched this book about three women who first had roles in the attempt to unionize the New York garment industry, then had their lives shattered in the Triangle Garment Factory fire. I've read other novels about this fire before (Ashes of Roses which I also highly recommend) but Uprising goes into more...more
Pa1ge Stevens
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Kimberlee
I have read Haddix before, and her talent transcends genre from science to historical fiction. This novel about three teenagers with very diverse backgrounds tells the story of the Triangle shirt waist fire and the preceding strike in a way that truly makes history come alive. I read this book out loud with my teenager and learned a lot. The author's notes were well worth the read too. For example, this work place tragedy was not exceeded in fatalities until 9/11. I don't even remembering learni...more
Kelly
Wonderful story about true events and what women and immigrants faced in the early 1900s. I was hooked early on with this book and loved the characters. They were shaped so well I felt like I knew them somehow. I wish there was a way to fit this book into one of our units at school. The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire is a chapter in our disaster book and we also read and learn about immigrants. This should've been an anchor novel or at least a choice novel. The strikes for labor rights and the...more
Alexis Wylie
If you read the back of this book and said "oohh this seems interesting, I would totally love to learn about the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire," you will be very disapointed. The book is nothing like the back of the book until about page 260. The first 260 pages are about a huge strike but the only thing the book tells you is that it was deathly cold. However, If you want to read about the Shirtwaist Factory fire read the book Ashes of Roses by Mary Jane Auch.

I disliked this book very much....more
Cassandra
I have read this book twice, and it always seems to get better. The story of Bella, Yetta and Jane seems so real. Even though this book entails a great tragedy, it is more about the girls' lives leading up to the Triangle Factory Fire, not the disaster itself. The book makes me think while simultaneously picturing myself as a "shirtwaist girl" in the 1900s. It's amazing how such a horrible event could make for such an interesting story of poverty, friendship, and loss.
Bb
Aug 29, 2013 Bb added it
This review is in the form of a poem:

One sets off from Italy
to save her family from poverty
to pay for their food, she must work good
at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory

One is not as satisfied
with the low wages and the owners' lies
the need to rebel, her sister can tell
Is raging in her eyes

One can ignore it all
live like every day's a ball
but with every urge, and worker concerns
It seems she should help with the haul

Three rebel, but when the story is set
A horrific fire burns the building, yet
one terri...more
RPLCD
My rating- 5 out of 5

I loved, loved, LOVED this historical fiction book! It's a bit of a longer read, but its face-pacing makes it read fairly quickly. Told in the third person, the chapters alternate between three young women in NYC leading up to and during the events of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. Bella, a young woman from Italy is trying to make ends meet and save up enough to send for her family, but will she be able to do so working for very little pay at Triangle and deal wi...more
Hannah
I don't usually like books wear people die tragically ( that's not in battle ) but this book was amazing! I was hesitant on reading it cause I'm not a big fan of historical fiction. Uprising has an interesting beginning that pulls you right in, their is a lady named Mrs. Livingston she is with a girl named Harriet. Harriet was five when the triangular shirtwaist factory caught fire ( it was her fathers building ). She says that she remembered being carried away but she is 21 years old now and wa...more
Hillary Carnall
I read this book over and over again. (I even used it for a school project.) It's such a different book then what Haddix typically writes. The story line is amazing. Full of independence, determination, and sorrow, this is absolutely a beautiful book.
Mhamelly
This book Uprising is about three girls (who are best friends), Yetta, Bella, and Jane, in New York in 1909-1910.

Yetta is a Russian immigrant that works at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory trying to raise enough money to bring her family over to America.

Bella is also an immigrant, but she's Italian. She moved to America and got a job at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory to earn money to support her family back in Calia, who was very poor.

Jane is an all-American rich girl who got just about everythi...more
Natalie Innes
I liked it just fine. And that's about all I have to say about it.
Lilly
Very interesting, and learning, and fastinating book.
Ginny
My favorite Haddix so far!
Laura Colley
Oh, Uprising. I know thee well.

(Warning: much gushing to follow in this review. You have been warned.)

I first ran into Uprising as a seventh grader browsing the shelves of my classroom's library, in search of a book to read. I remember passing over this novel not once, but multiple times, because I thought the cover looked boring. To be fair, I still think it does. But one day, I had absolutely exhausted the supply of books my seventh-grade classroom could give me and for whatever reason I hadn'...more
Maya
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Adrienne
Uprising
Margaret Peterson Haddix
A Review by Adrienne Bronner
Uprising takes place in New York City around the early 1900’s. There are three teenage girls, Bella, Yetta and Jane. Bella is an immigrant who has come to America alone to provide for her poverty-stricken family in Italy. She goes from depending on her cousin’s wages to having to work for a ratty and manipulating housewife for shelter. She is vulnerable and naïve, so she has to grow up fast. She starts working at the Factory that most...more
Amanda Yeargin
I read Uprising as an IR book. This book was about the unit we were studying before and a bit of what we are studying now. It is about the early 1900s when immigrants first came and working conditions were horrible, also about the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. Bella and Yetta are immigrants working in the factory. Then they meet Jane and they are a family of there own. But all three of them didnt know something big was going to happen that would change America forever.
A connection i have is a t...more
Jennifer
I have always enjoyed historical fiction, and this is another great one to add to the library. My grandmother grew up in the 20's and 30's in NYC. She was always so proud of her ability to work, to receive a paycheck, and to be noticed for a job well done. As a young girl, I never really "got" that. I figured anyone can work if they want, and everyone gets noticed for a job well done, etc. As I have grown up, I felt like I understood this perspective a bit more. However, this book really painted...more
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Margaret Peterson Haddix grew up on a farm near Washington Court House, Ohio. She graduated from Miami University (of Ohio) with degrees in English/journalism, English/creative writing and history. Before her first book was published, she worked as a newspaper copy editor in Fort Wayne, Indiana; a newspaper reporter in Indianapolis; and a community college instructor and freelance writer in Danvil...more
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