Uprising, by Margaret Peterson Haddix

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An angry young woman storms into a home where nothing about her is welcome, from her name to her expensive fur coat.
She is greeted by a middle-aged woman who, though known for her generosity, is feeling anything but generous towards her.
Thisis how the story unravels. It is based on the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, which killed more than a hundred workers, mostly young women supporting themselves, and in some cases, their families abroad. It took place in New York City, on March 25, 1911.
Fear not! It isn’t merely a morbid collection of death tolls and harsh conditions faced by the workers (although those are present, where they need to be). It is also a story about personal development of its three main characters- Bella, Yetta, and Jane.
Bella is a lovable Italian, who leaves her homeland for the New World, to find work and support her family.
Yetta is a fierce suffragette and a loyal sister, from Russia.
Jane is a wealthy society girl who leaves the confines of her rich home to join Bella and Yetta in their cheap apartment.
All three of these girls were in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. That angry young woman is the daughter of the factory’s owner, whom Jane babysits to pay for living expenses. The young woman’s host is the only one of the girls (Bella, Yetta, and Jane) who survived the fire. She now relates it to her visitor.
The suspense is thrilling, and you get so caught up in the lives of its three main characters that you nearly forget to guess at the identity of the survivor. I stumbled on it entirely by accident.With a book cover like that, I would have turned and run in the other direction. But neccessity is also the mother of trying new things, and fortunately no other books were available. Yes, I am guilty of judging the book by its cover, but I’m glad my judgement wasn’t harsh enough to prevent me from reading it. This is the cover I spoke of:
Picture courtesy: cleanreads.blogspot.com
A trifle-oh, I don’t know- boring, wouldn’t you say? Quite unlike the book.

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