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The streets of Chicago in 1886 are full of turmoil. Striking workers clash with policeillness and injury lurk around every cornerand twelve-year-old Addie must find her way through it all. Torn between her gruff Papawho owns a hat shop and thinks the workers should be content with their American livesand her beloved Uncle Chaimwho is active in the protests for the ...more
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Published May 1st 2017 by Allium Press of Chicago
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QNPoohBear
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
12-year-old Addie likes growing up in Chicago in the 1880s. Her family came from Germany for a peaceful life. Addie enjoys running errands for her Mama and Papa. She can envision a red line running through the city streets that tells her where she needs to go. Addie enjoys these errands because it's the only time, outside of school, she can leave the apartment. Now there are rumblings that there's trouble in the city. Addie overhears her Papa and beloved Uncle Chaim arguing over the workers who ...more
Heather Abel
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A truly marvelous book. From the start, I was deeply immersed in Addie's story. Chicago in 1886 grew around me, and I felt transfixed by the tensions on its troubled streets and the tensions inside Addie's family's apartment. As the central character, Addie is compelling, charming, curious, sympathetic. But even the more peripheral characters were fully fledged and interesting. I loved that the anti-worker perspective was given to Papa, an immigrant himself who is nervous about disrupting the ...more
Cindy Hudson
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Twelve-year-old Addie loves to run and feel the power in her growing legs, but shes constantly cautioned to slow down, stay quiet, and do what her parents expect her to do. Thats difficult in Chicago during 1886, a time of turmoil that saw unions organizing, protesters taking to the streets, even a gathering called the Haymarket Affair, when a bomb was thrown at police, killing several.

Addie wants to do whats right, but people she loves disagree on what that is. Her papa believes immigrants like
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Gail Nall
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, middle-grade
The streets of Chicago in 1886 are full of turmoil. Striking workers clash with policeillness and injury lurk around every cornerand twelve-year-old Addie must find her way through it all. Torn between her gruff Papawho owns a hat shop and thinks the workers should be content with their American livesand her beloved Uncle Chaimwho is active in the protests for the eight-hour dayAddie struggles to understand her topsy-turvy world, while keeping her family intact. Set in a Jewish neighborhood of ...more
Akemi
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a timely book for today! I am a teacher in Chicago, and I havent come across a book about the labor movement engaging enough for middle school students. I was ecstatic to learn about this book since the narrative is through the eyes of a twelve-year-old. It certainly makes the reader think about the many challenges that the main character goes through during the very tumultuous period in Chicago. The book describes in great detail the abhorrent condition of workers, but it also explores a ...more
Vicki Hames
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As the parent of 3 homeschooled daughters (now grown) I looked for books exactly like City of Grit and Gold. We have here a very real girl: Addie is strong, yet vulnerable (how does Powell remember so well how it felt to be Addie's age?), and her story is set in an intense chapter of Chicago's history. Addie struggles to understand her world, her family, her own feelings and how to find her place in this world that is at once frightening, exciting and full of potential. I found much relevancy ...more
Leslie Lee
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I often find books for young adults satisfying reads and this one especially. I began the book a bit dubious but was immediately pulled into the drama of the history of the Haymarket Affair and a family torn in their opinions of workers rights. Addie is a great example of a courageous young activist without being an unrealistic character. I loved the little touches of human frailty - like realizing you might wet your pants while on a very important mission. Why 4 stars? It's just me. I might ...more
Doug Bivens
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, giveaways
Even though this book is geared for a younger audience, i found it gripping and VERY compelling. If you can get hold of a copy, very much worth reading!
Cynthia Salbato
May 10, 2017 rated it liked it
chicago, immigrants, unions,
Ms. Yingling
Nov 17, 2017 rated it liked it
I always love this period of history. Well done, if the text is rather small for middle grade readers. Why did I ever give away my copy of Rivington Street? I really want to reread it now!
Monica Fastenau
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
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This book covers the time period in Chicago when workers were striking for an eight-hour day and a safer work environment, a topic I knew little about. Addie and her family face tensions related to the strike, as well as illness, injury, and their immigrant experience. The characters in City of Grit and Gold are wonderful, especially Addie, our main character. She is curious and resilient, despite the fact that her father and
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Jen Vanech
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
City of Grit and Gold follows 12 year old Addie as she witnesses the struggles of hard-working Americans in Chicago in 1886. This book captures the tensions of the time- immigrants working to succeed while fighting for fair pay, hours and working conditions and families torn by political views. Young Addie offers middle grade readers a strong, brave, curious and thoughtful female protagonist to navigate them through one familys journey. The immigrant challenge of retaining valuable traditions of ...more
Grace MacLaine
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: to-gift
This novel's strongest feature is its commitment to the heroine, Addie, and her voice. The reader is never spoon-fed historical exposition along with the Addie. They are confused, powerless, and overwhelmed just as she is, and must wrestle with issues and dilemas, just as she does. This makes the conclusion of Addie's journey all the more satisfying.

If I had a quibble it would be that the father, who represents the anti-Union view within the context of the novel, can seem like a bit of a straw
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Stu
Apr 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
City of Grit and Gold is a wonderful historical tale of the life off a young girl navigating the gritty streets of Chicago during the Haymarket riots. Weaving the wonderment of youth with a deep questioning of authority, the story grabs a hold of the reader as the protagonist finds her voice and learns the hard lessons of the labor struggle, the immigrant experience and family dynamics. A great tale for our time and an important reminder of a critical time in our history.
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May 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
City of Grit and Gold tells the story of a 12 year old girl named Addie, who lives in Chicago in the 1880's. Addie lives with her family in a Jewish neighborhood. Her father, a German immigrant, owns a small hat store. When Addie's Uncle Chaim becomes involved in the Haymarket Affair protests, Addie's life changes.

This is a beautifully written historical novel set during a period that I knew very little about. I found the setting (a Jewish neighborhood in Chicago, 1886) and the historical
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Beth Rodgers
Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
'City of Grit and Gold' by Maud Macrory Powell offers a glimpse into the lives of those who came from the old country, through the lens of historical fiction. Even though the main characters are Jewish, the story could easily have been about anyone coming from a faraway place and trying to make it in America.

Main character Addie can be easily related to by anyone who has ever felt somewhat on the outskirts of his or her family. She watches as her Uncle Chaim gets involved with protesters who are
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Jt Furbay
Jul 18, 2017 marked it as to-read
I read this book about two weeks ago and really enjoyed it. I love to read about American history in the 1800's. This told about the problems with the factory barons and the poor laborers who worked their under appalling conditions, even child laborers. No wonder the wanted to strike and join unions which were needed then to give the people shorter hours and safer working conditions. I like the personal story of this family eve though the father and uncle disagreed about the unions. The ...more
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