Bread and Roses, Too by Katherine Paterson

In 1912, the work week of the mill workers of Lawrence, Massachusetts, was reduced by two hours and so the people went on strike. Bread and Roses, Too is historical fiction focused on two children, one a schoolgirl and sister and daughter of strikers and the other a mill worker and striker himself. The story is told beautifully. It is sometimes a little slow, but that fits the story very well. The ending is absolutely perfect. At the end there is a historical note that reveals that most of the backdrop of the story is completely true (and explains a bit of what is not). I highly recommend this book to middle grade kids learning about the industrial revolution or strikes.

5 (out of 5) Stars

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