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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 immigra

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Julie Suzanne I haven't read it yet (just starting), but in NY this topic is a 7th & 8th grade one. The child will have more background knowledge about the time…moreI haven't read it yet (just starting), but in NY this topic is a 7th & 8th grade one. The child will have more background knowledge about the time period and issues addressed in the story after 7th grade for sure. (less)
Julie Suzanne Great question! That's why your English teacher asked it. And to get the answers to this question, read the book. :)
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Kajal Patel
Apr 09, 2013 Kajal Patel rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Jun 09, 2011 Jodi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 14, 2009 Olivia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
This is historical fiction for middle grade kids. I'm clearly nowhere near the target audience for this book...(this was actually a Book Club read.) I liked the historical fiction of this, especially the attempts to unionization, the immigrant plight, and the boom of city living. I just had a hard time with the writing, but since it is suitable for its target audience, I can let that go.

I liked the 3 girls who were all having very different experiences in the same city. They had their struggles
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
Mar 26, 2016 Luci rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book, about true historical events, centered around the tragic Shirtwaist factory strikes and fires of the early 20th century. Great young adult historical fiction that enhances understanding of the labor movement as well.
I'll read more by this author.
Jan 01, 2016 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
hands down my favorite book
May 17, 2015 Patrick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
p.1 Tell me about the fire.

A framed novel presenting the humanity within the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. The story begins with a survivor of the fire, Mrs. Livingston, being asked about the story. The curious seeker is one of the daughters of the factory owners. As the story progresses, the reader follows the plight of three young ladies. Three young ladies, separated by distinctly different classes and origins, is a strength of the story. Two ladies, Yetta and Bella, are immigrants workin
Annie C
Feb 26, 2016 Annie C rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“The most common way people give up power is by thinking they don't have any.” ~ Alice Walker. The Uprising by Margaret Peterson Haddix is a story about the Shirtwaist Strike of 1909 (also known as the Uprising of 20,000) and the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire of 1911. The story has multiple point of views. One is from a rich girl named Jane, and the two others are from immigrants, one from Russia and the other from Italy. This story goes into detail about the horrid working conditions at the New York ...more
Kate Matson
Jun 06, 2016 Kate Matson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYBODY
OH MY GOSH! THIS IS THE BEST BOOK EVER! I cannot even begin to grasp how amazing this book is. The storyline and plot was PERFECT! I loved the characters! OH, that ending! I was literally bawling the entire time. Also, the writing style pulled you into where you couldn't put it down! two words: READ THIS!
Apr 11, 2016 Sammie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really good story about the Triangle Shirtwaist fire. I would definitely recommend to those who really like historical fiction.
Jul 11, 2014 Anaya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 15, 2014 Ava rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 14, 2013 Kierstin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Sep 15, 2012 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Gillis Frechette
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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
Jan 03, 2015 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
LOVED this YA novel. Probably my favorite genre, historical fiction, by one of my favorite YA authors, Haddix, this was a delight. I did not know much about the garment industry during the Industrial Revolution, and this highlighted the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory known for initiating one of the first labor strikes by a mostly female workforce, the suffrage movement, and the fire at Triangle that helped spur reforms in terms of safety in the workplace. WONDERFUL!
Jun 18, 2009 LuAnn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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
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Oct 18, 2015 Erika rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-and-youth, 2015
This is a deep, engaging novel about the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in 1909 in New York. It also deals with factory workers' rights and women's rights. Complex language that will push students but not deter them. Good for grade 6.
Jan 08, 2014 Kimberlee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 15, 2014 Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 09, 2015 LeeAnn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic book. It takes you to the events of the Triangle Factory and then to realities of today. His is one of my top two favorite books I have read this year and the top fiction work.
Mar 06, 2014 Cassandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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.
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
Julie Trams
Apr 11, 2016 Julie Trams rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Hannah Wendorf
Jun 02, 2016 Hannah Wendorf rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
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This book is AMAZING!

I am a huge fan of historical fiction, and this is one of the best books in the genre that I have ever read. (Seriously.)
The book is told from three different points of view, which makes it very interesting to read. Each of the three main characters girls (Bella, Yetta, and Jane) have different personalities and the author does a very good job of switching her writing style to fit the characters and their different backgrounds, thought processes, and mannerisms.
This book w
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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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