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The Resource City of grit and gold, Maud Macrory Powell

City of grit and gold, Maud Macrory Powell

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City of grit and gold
Title
City of grit and gold
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Maud Macrory Powell
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eng
Summary
Addie, a twelve-year-old Jewish girl in 1886 Chicago, struggles to keep her family together at the time of the Haymarket affair, as laborers protest for better working conditions
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Review
  • Gr 4–6—Twelve-year-old Addie struggles to understand the tumultuous political upheavals of Chicago in 1886 as her family and community are torn apart by the events surrounding the Haymarket Affair. Sensitive, perceptive Addie lives a relatively comfortable life with her German immigrant family in a Jewish neighborhood of Chicago. Her father and uncle own a hat shop together, and she and her family always have plenty of food to eat. Just as Addie's beloved uncle Chaim becomes involved in the union workers' protests calling for an eight-hour day, events escalate. Protests turn violent as police crack down harshly on those marching in the streets, and Addie's father, who worries that the demonstrations will reflect poorly on all immigrants and hurt his business, becomes enraged at Uncle Chaim for taking part in the movement and casts him out of the family home. Things go from bad to worse as Addie finds herself in the middle of a protest in Chicago's Haymarket Square when a bomb is thrown into a crowd of policemen. Powell brings this historical event to life with admirable attention to detail. A well-rounded collection of characters offer opposing perspectives of the events and life in Chicago at that time. Young readers will grow along with Addie as she learns about the hardships of poverty and the complexity of politics. VERDICT A timely and potent portrait of an important moment in U.S. history. Recommended for fans of "Dear America" and other works of historical fiction.—Kristy Pasquariello, Wellesley Free Library, MA --Kristy Pasquariello (Reviewed 04/01/2017) (School Library Journal, vol 63, issue 04, p142)
  • Twelve-year-old Addie witnesses the infamous Haymarket Riot of 1886 in Chicago.The labor protests that led to the conflict between workers and police form the backdrop for this story of an immigrant Jewish family. Politics are unavoidable in Addie's home. Her uncle Chaim supports workers' right to strike for an eight-hour day, and her father, owner of a hat shop, opposes unions and fears the anarchy that's likely to disrupt their peaceful life. When Addie's little cousin becomes gravely ill, she's sent for the doctor. Out on the streets of Chicago at night for the first time, she sees the marching laborers, including her uncle. Addie's limited first-person voice fits her growing awareness of the parallels between the life they left behind in Germany and the social strife in America. The past-tense narrative is sprinkled with her inner thoughts: "Where do I fit into this great city of grit and gold, illness and adventure?" Unfortunately, Addie comes across as more of a vehicle for the historical events than a fully fleshed-out character. The rather dry story is sometimes choppy, and Powell's unsubtle, repeated use of metaphor—quilts, threads, and even an imagined "bright red line marking the path for her to take"—to capture Addie's efforts to make sense of events feels stilted. Despite its flaws, a worthy introduction to an important piece of history. (Historical fiction. 9-13)(Kirkus Reviews, March 15, 2017)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10565639
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Powell, Maud Macrory
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[Fic]
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 4
  • 6
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True
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  • Haymarket Square Riot (Chicago, Illinois : 1886)
  • Haymarket Square Riot, Chicago, Ill., 1886
  • Labor movement
  • Haymarket Square Riot, Chicago, Ill., 1886
  • Labor movement
  • Jews
  • Immigrants
  • German Americans
  • Family life
  • Labor movement
  • Chicago (Ill.)
  • Illinois
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
City of grit and gold, Maud Macrory Powell
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
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rdacontent
Control code
1796443
Extent
1 volume
Isbn
9780996755856
Lccn
2016058524
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780996755856
  • (OCoLC)971339243
Label
City of grit and gold, Maud Macrory Powell
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1796443
Extent
1 volume
Isbn
9780996755856
Lccn
2016058524
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780996755856
  • (OCoLC)971339243

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