Fire at the Triangle Factory

From the Series On My Own History

  • Interest Level: Grade 2 - Grade 4   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

Six days a week Minnie and Tessa sit, shoulder to shoulder, bent over sewing machines in a big room overflowing with piles of fabric, patterns, and lace. There is no fresh air, the light is dim, and there are too many people in the room. The work is hard and the days are long. Minnie and Tessa work at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company in New York City. The two fourteen-year-olds are best friends. It isn’t easy for a Jewish girl and a Catholic girl to be friends in 1911—some people think they’re just too different. But Minnie and Tessa must depend on that friendship when the Triangle factory goes up in flames and they are trapped on the ninth floor. This moving story of courage and friendship is based on true accounts of the tragic Triangle Shirtwaist Company fire of March 25, 1911.

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Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 4
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Nonfiction
Subject Social Studies
Copyright 1996
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Brand On My Own Books
Imprint First Avenue Editions ™, Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 48
Publication Date 1991-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 2.2
BISACS JNF007000
Dewey [E]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 5.875 x 8.5
Lexile 570
Guided Reading Level P
ATOS Reading Level 3.5
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 47163
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Author/Illustrator note, Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Reviewed, Teaching Guides, and eSource

Awards

  • SSLI Book Award Honor Book, Commended, 1996

Reviews

Booklist

“In 1911 New York City, Jewish Minnie and Catholic Tessa can only be friends at the factory, but this friendship pays off when the famous and tragic Triangle Shirtwaist Company fire takes the lives of many of their coworkers. . . Large color drawings. . . are a wonderful asset to the story, which young readers will find exciting as well as touching.” — Booklist

Christian Library Journal

“The easy-to-read text does not undermine the inherent drama of the story.” —Christian Library Journal

School Library Journal

“Littlefield relates the historical events through these likeable characters with whom youngsters will easily identify. . . The colorful illustrations complement the text and follow the story nicely.” —School Library Journal

Illustrator: Mary O'Keefe Young

Author: Holly Littlefield

Holly Littlefield is the author of several books for young readers. She lives in Maple Grove, Minnesota.

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On My Own History

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