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The Locket: Surviving the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire (Historical Fiction Adventures (HFA))

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Galena, an eleven-year-old Russian-Jewish immigrant, lives in New York City with her family and works at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company factory with her older sister Anya. The factory pays low wages and has terrible working conditions, making Anya yearn to join a union. Soon a horrible fire guts the factory leaving Galena with painful, horrific memories. Follow author Suz ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published December 1st 2007 by Enslow Publishers
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Sandra Stiles
Dec 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If you are looking for a historical fiction that will knock your socks off then this is the book. This story is a familiar one to many of us. It is the story of lives lost in one of the worst fires in New York City. Galena and Anya are two Jewish sisters who have immigrated from Russia with their parents. Anya works on the 10th floor of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. Galena is only 14 and works on the eighth floor. Her job is to snip loose threads from the garments. She works six days a week. ...more
Mikayla Lynn
Sep 17, 2012 rated it liked it
This book was great. I would have preferred that it would have been about 100 pages longer. I just feel that I didn't learn enough about the characters. My favorite character is either Galena or Anya. I almost screamed when the factory fire started. It also made me want to scream when the owners went to a new Sweat shop and had different innocent girls come to work. Here is the worst part. THE NEW BUILDING THEY WENT TO WASN'T FIRE PROOF! THEY EVEN BLOCKED SOME OF THE EXIT DOORS! When the owners ...more
Nancy Meservier
Eleven-year-old Galena is a Russian immigrant who lives in New York City in the early 1900s. To help support her family, she does not go to school and instead works at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company factory with her older sister. When a large fire breaks out, the workers panic and Galena cannot find her sister. The results of the fire will change Galena's life, and the life of New Yorkers forever. The Locket is a work of historical fiction based on a real life event that took place in New York ...more
Jul 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. The author does a great job of infusing history into the story of this immigrant family. The main character and her sister both work in the sweatshops of the garment industry, at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. As Galena deals with everyday life at the factory and living in the tenements, she is also worried about her older sister and the boy she has been hanging around with who is trying to talk her sister Anya into joining the union. Galena's family is typical of m ...more
Jul 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book has a bit of everything -- Jewish immigrants settling into America, family discord over fitting in, glimpses into the lives of factory workers, the growing union movement. The story centers around 11-year-old Galena. Her mother wants her in school, but the family needs her to work, needs the money. Her older sister Anya, who strives to fit in to the American ideal, is pulling away from her upbringing, has a job, a boy who likes her (and she likes) and wants to join a union to help her ...more
Feb 09, 2010 rated it liked it
Galena and her mom,dad and sister Anya are now living in America. They came from Russia to have a better life. Both Anya and Galena work at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. On March 25 1911 fire arose in the factory right as most girls were about to leave, all the doors except one, the factory owners had locked. Hundreds of girls ran screaming out of the building some girls only had the choice of burning up in the fire or jumping out of the windows to their death. Galena tried to find her siste ...more
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Recounts the life of a Russian Jewish immigrant family living in the tenements of New York City at the turn of the 20th century and working in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. The book chronicles the life of two sisters and the conditions of garment workers in a non-unionized sweatshop. The story highlights the challenges of immigrant families struggling to between their old world values, the forces of assimilation and the political and social reform movements of the time. As a defining moment i ...more
Jan 28, 2016 added it
(2008) Galena, an 11-year-old Russian immigrant, works at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company, a garment factory, with her older sister. Galena ends up surviving the famous 1911 factory fire--but her sister is trapped in the building and dies. After this devastating event, Galena begins to work with the labor union, of which she was originally resistant to, in order to improve workers' rights.
Mar 28, 2012 rated it liked it
The story of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire that occurred on March 25, 1911,as told through the eyes of 11 year old Galena. Suzanne Lieurance does a nice job of introducing the history of the tragic event. I felt at times that, because Lierunace also explained Jewish mourning rituals, the flow became choppy.
Jan 06, 2010 rated it it was ok
As Galena lives in New York city as she works at the triangle shirtwaist company factory but when a horrible fire accories leaves Galena with painful and horrific memories.

This book was ok it wasnt bad but it wasnt good ether but a lot of people die.

I would reccomend this book to people who like historicle fiction books.
Sep 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
I didnt realize so many young girls died due too working in bad conditons. Granted this is a YA book but I liked it alot.
Jun 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
A great historical fiction book. Gives great insight into the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire and the working conditions of the sweatshop workers.
Jun 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
It was a very good book but it was just soooo sad i could barely get through it.
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