Factory Girl

Factory Girl

Paperback - 2007
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At the dingy, overcrowded Acme Garment Factory, Emily Watson stands for eleven hours a day clipping threads from blouses. Every time the boss passes, he shouts at her to snip faster. But if Emily snips too fast, she could ruin the garment and be docked pay. If she works too slowly, she will be fired. She desperately needs this job. Without the four dollars a week it brings, her family will starve. When a reporter arrives, determined to expose the terrible conditions in the factory, Emily finds herself caught between the desperate immigrant girls with whom she works and the hope of change. Then tragedy strikes, and Emily must decide where her loyalties lie. Emily's fictional experiences are interwoven with non-fiction sections describing family life in a slum, the fight to improve social conditions, the plight of working children then and now, and much more. Rarely seen archival photos accompany this story of the past as only Barbara Greenwood can tell it.
Publisher: Toronto : Kids Can Press, c2007.
ISBN: 9781553376484
Characteristics: 136 pages :,illustrations ;,24 cm.


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Feb 21, 2017

A story what life was like for children who worked in American factories (sweatshops) in early 1900s.....I enjoyed the format of this book----non-fiction essays between chapters of fiction...POWERFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jan 20, 2017

A very interesting read. Very sad. I am glad I was born in the mid 20th century.
Those poor children and women had a terrible life.

Feb 18, 2016

Why would this be classified as fiction?! Especially when there is an opportunity to teach students the truth of child labor? It should be re-classified as non-fiction. It makes me ache and feel rage that children were treated like this and are still abused this way - the FLDS making children work in the pecan tree farms and child labor in many other countries.

Jun 13, 2011

A true eye-opener! The book had history in it but there was a story wound into it. Really good! =)

Mar 31, 2009

This book was so sad and I was really touched

Mar 31, 2009

very great book...i wonder if its real?

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