The Locket Surviving the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire is a historical fiction novel written for ages 9 to 12. It tells the story of Galena, an eleven year old Russian-Jewish immigrant who lives in New York City in 1911 with her family and works at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company factory with her older sister Anya. The factory pays low wages, has horrendous working conditions and employs under age children like Galena. In the early 1900's joining the union was a dangerous thing to do but Anya longed to improve working conditions for abused workers. Soon a horrible fire erupts and destroys the Triangle Shirt Factory and shatters a young girls dream.
Author, Suzanne Lieurance weaves the fictional and non-fictional aspects of this historical story with ease. By using dramatic factual accounts of an historical event using realistic fictional characters, Suzanne brings the reader inside the ill-fated factory. Lieurance's account is truly a step back in time to understand how a young Jewish immigrant girl uses the support of her Jewish traditions, family and friends for inspiration to fight for workers rights.
The Locket also has a teacher's guide available for teachers and parents to use. Go to Enslow Publishing www.enslow.com and click on "what's new". Scroll down to Historical Fiction Adventures and click on The Locket. Next click on "Free educator's guide. This guide is a fantastic supplement with additional reading suggestions, discussion questions and other activities.