93 pages 3 hours read

Margaret Peterson Haddix


Fiction | Novel | YA | Published in 2007

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Uprising by Margaret Peterson Haddix is a historical fiction novel set around the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York that killed 146 immigrant workers. The story follows three women: Bella, a young Italian immigrant worker; Yetta, a Jewish refugee and fervent activist; and Jane, the wealthy daughter of a businessman seeking liberation. Sensitive topics such as workplace exploitation, labor strikes, and the tragic fire are present in the narrative.

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Margaret Peterson Haddix's Uprising vividly portrays early 20th-century labor struggles through rich storytelling and well-developed characters. Positive feedback highlights its engaging historical context and emotional depth. However, some critics find pacing issues and a predictability in the plot. Overall, it's praised for its educational and immersive narrative.

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Who Should Read Uprising?

Fans of historical fiction and strong female protagonists will enjoy Uprising by Margaret Peterson Haddix. Ideal for readers who appreciated Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein and A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly, this novel offers a gripping tale of friendship and resilience set against the backdrop of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire.

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