93 pages 3 hours read

Margaret Peterson Haddix


Fiction | Novel | YA | Published in 2007

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  • Genre: Fiction; young adult historical
  • Originally Published: 2007
  • Reading Level/Interest: Lexile 790L; grades 7-10
  • Structure/Length: Approx. 346 pages; approx. 11 hours on audio
  • Protagonist and Central Conflict: Bella, Yetta, and Jane become friends as they advocate for better treatment for immigrant workers at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City in the early 1900s. All three women are present at the factory when a deadly fire breaks out.
  • Potential Sensitivity Issues: Fire; death

Margaret Peterson Haddix, Author

  • Bio: Grew up in Ohio; graduated from Miami University; worked previously as a copy editor, reporter, and college instructor; has written over 40 books for children and teens
  • Other Works: Remarkables (2019); The Strangers (2019); The Summer of Broken Things (2018); Children of Exile (2016); The Always War (2011); Found (2008); Just Ella (1999)
  • Awards: Ohioana Book Award; International Reading Association/Children’s Book Council Young Adult Choice (2003); YALSA Best Book for Young Adults (2000); Maryland Library Association Black-Eyed Susan Award (1999); Sequoyah Young Adult Book Award (2008)

CENTRAL THEMES connected and noted throughout this Teaching Unit:

  • In America, Money Is God
  • Coded Spaces and Rules of Engagement
  • Communication and Language Barriers
  • The Dismissal of Women as a Group
  • Romance and Dreams

STUDY OBJECTIVES: In accomplishing the components of this Unit, students will:

  • Deepen their understanding of immigration and sweatshops to increase understanding of Uprising’s setting, plot, and characters.