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Touched by fire, Irene N. Watts

Label
Touched by fire
Title
Touched by fire
Statement of responsibility
Irene N. Watts
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Fleeing the pograms of Russia and European anti-Semitism, teenaged Miriam arrives in America only to face anti-immigrant discrimination before landing a job in a clothing factory and witnessing the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire
Storyline
Award
USBBY Outstanding International Book, 2014.
Review
  • Gr 5 – 8 — In this combination coming-of-age novel and early-20th-century history lesson, Miriam, a Jewish teenager, and her family dream of going to America, the "Golden Land." Miriam's long and eventful journey begins in 1905 as her family flees the pogroms and moves to Berlin to save money for their ultimate destination-New York City. Her father goes ahead of his wife and three children and settles on the Lower East Side, and his letters home record the struggles of immigrants trying to establish themselves in a new world. Ultimately, Miriam, traveling alone, endures steerage conditions on a ship and joins her father. A new friend and a job at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory seem to promise a fresh start. Fire is a real and constant threat from the novel's opening pages; at each stage of Miriam's journey, it plays a catalytic role. The details on the Shirtwaist tragedy are age-appropriately frightening and heartbreaking. The novel does not tread any new ground, but it does present a likable and determined character who is reminiscent of Francie Nolan from A Tree Grows in Brooklyn , and it provides a solid overview of a turbulent period in world history. The novel will appeal to readers of historical fiction, but would also enhance units focusing on the first 35 years of the 20th century.—Shelley Sommer, Inly School, Scituate, MA --Shelley Sommer (Reviewed November 1, 2013) (School Library Journal, vol 59, issue 11, p107)
  • Drawing from historical events, Watts (Clay Man: The Golem of Prague) addresses European anti-Semitism, immigrant life, and labor rights in early 20th-century New York City. Miriam and her Jewish family were attacked by the Cossacks in their hometown of Kiev, Russia, and they foresee trouble from Kaiser Wilhelm after they relocate to East Berlin. Miriam's father works all hours as a tailor to buy tickets to America, the "Golden Land," but the trip will separate the family. He arrives first and writes encouraging letters back. Fourteen-year-old Miriam follows in 1910, sent on the arduous two-week boat ride alone because of her baby sister's delicate health and her brother's stubborn unwillingness to leave. Miriam finds work with the unscrupulous Shirtwaist Kings, briefly enjoying new friends and freedoms, only to be struck down by disaster. Watts offers a scrupulously researched portrayal of the Triangle Waist Company fire and the conditions that led to the tragedy. Her descriptions of the threats and hurdles endured by those who left the familiar behind to immigrate to America are polished, candid, and faithful to Jewish history. Ages 10–up. (Sept.) --Staff (Reviewed September 30, 2013) (Publishers Weekly, vol 260, issue 39, p)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10232743
Cataloging source
NLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Watts, Irene N
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Intended audience
710L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
MG
LC call number
PZ7.W336
LC item number
Tou 2013
Literary form
novels
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 5
  • 8
Reading level
4.8
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Triangle Shirtwaist Company
  • Triangle Shirtwaist Company
  • Pogroms
  • Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
  • Pogroms
  • Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
  • Ukraine
  • Ukraine
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
Touched by fire, Irene N. Watts
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
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
1020046
Dimensions
20 cm
Extent
197 pages
Isbn
9781770495241
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2012947609
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781770495241
  • (OCoLC)810526281
Label
Touched by fire, Irene N. Watts
Publication
Copyright
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
1020046
Dimensions
20 cm
Extent
197 pages
Isbn
9781770495241
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2012947609
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781770495241
  • (OCoLC)810526281

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