You know how, when your friends find out that you're a bookworm,* they start telling you about all of their favorite books, and how awesome they are, and how you should definitely read them immediately. And, of course, you're sitting there, smiling and nodding, and thinking about your overflowing bookshelves.
A couple years ago, my boyfriend recommended Running Out of Time by Margaret Peterson Haddix, and handed me a copy of the book** He's lucky (or perhaps I am), because I happened to be early for work, and it happened to be the only book I had with me, and so, sitting in my car, in the parking lot, I picked it up and read the first 50 pages. After finishing it, I immediately had to read everything else that Margaret Peterson Haddix had ever written, and I devoured the Shadow Children series.
Obviously, then, I was very excited when Uprising appeared on my shelf.
In this novel, Haddix tells the story of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire from the perspective of three teenage girls: Bella, an Italian immigrant, and Yetta, a Russian Jewish immigrant, who both work at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, and Jane, an upper-class American girl who meets them when she becomes involved in the fight for women's rights. We know from the prologue that only one of the three will survive the fire, but not which one, and this way, the reader still becomes attached to all of the characters***.
Readers will learn about both the tragic fire, and the union strikes that took place several months earlier, and Haddix brings this time period to life through these three characters. There is a bit too much foreshadowing, early on, with fire imagery, and discussions about fire escapes (as if the reader hadn't noticed that there were flames on the cover), but I would still recommend it to fans of historical fiction, and of Haddix's other works.
And the best part.... Margaret Peterson Haddix has three more books coming out this year!!
*Don't deny it. You're reading this. So you must be!
** Don't do this to a bookworm. Especially not one who works in a library. I almost always read library books first, because I have to return them -- so friendly book loans always go to the bottom of the pile.
***I don't know about you, but I don't let myself get attached if I know a specific character is going to die.