The young adult historical novel, Uprising by Margaret Peterson Haddix, is a well-researched and well-written story of immigrant teenage girls forced to take on adult responsibilities without protection from family or education. One of the three chief characters is the exception–she has abandoned the wealth and advantages of her birth when she realizes her father considers her only as having value as the wife of a promising business partner.
It is easy to forget that the girls are only teenagers. The contrast between the main characters’ lives and the circumstances of the likely readers of the same age of today make this novel an excellent introduction to a time before women had the right to vote and workers had guarantees for workplace safety.
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