The Factory Girls

A Kaleidoscopic Account of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

  • Interest Level: Grade 9 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 7

The twentieth century ushered in a new world filled with a dazzling array of consumer goods. Even the poorest immigrant girls could afford a blouse or two. But these same immigrant teens toiled away in factories in appalling working conditions. Their hard work and sacrifice lined the pockets of greedy factory owners who were almost exclusively white men. The tragic Triangle Waist Factory fire in 1911 resulted in the deaths of over a hundred young people, mostly immigrant girls, who were locked in the factory.

Told from the perspective of six young women who lived the story, this book reminds us why what we buy and how we vote really matter.

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Interest Level Grade 9 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 7
Genre Social Studies, Young Adult
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction
Copyright 2017
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Zest Books ™
Language English
Number of Pages 176
Publication Date 2019-08-01
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS YAN023000, YAN025220, YAN050060
Dimensions 5.5 x 8.25
Lexile 1040
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Bibliography/further reading, and Primary source quotations/images

Author: Christine Seifert

Christine Seifert is a native North Dakotan, a professor at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah, and a young adult writer. She is the author of the YA novel The Predicteds, as well as the nonfiction books Whoppers: History's Most Outrageous Lies and Liars and The Endless Wait: Virginity in Young Adult Literature. She writes for Bitch Magazine and other publications, and has presented at academic conferences on such diverse topics as as writing, rhetoric, Twilight, and Jersey Shore.