Lucy Fights the Flames: A Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Survival Story (Girls Survive)

by Julie Gilbert (Author) Alessia Trunfio (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 4th − 5th Grade
Series: Girls Survive
In 1911, fourteen-year-old Lucy Morelli lives with her parents, older brother, and several youngers siblings in a crowded apartment in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City. Lucy dreams of going to college, but her Italian immigrant family relies heavily on her income from the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory to survive. Lucy finds the factory work boring, but the working conditions are better than many other jobs. But when Lucy and her best friend, Rosie, head to work one Saturday in March, everything changes. Fire breaks out in the factory, and the doors are locked, trapping hundreds of workers inside. Lucy must battle the flames to save her own life -- and Rosie's. Readers can learn the real story of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, one of the deadliest industrial disaster's in U.S. history, from the nonfiction backmatter in this Girls Survive story. A glossary, discussion questions, and writing prompts are also provided.
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Stone Arch Books
Publication date
August 01, 2019
Girls Survive
BISAC categories
JUV016150 - Juvenile Fiction | Historical | United States - 20th Century
JUV001010 - Juvenile Fiction | Action & Adventure | Survival Stories
JUV014000 - Juvenile Fiction | Girls & Women
Library of Congress categories
New York (State)
New York
New York (N.Y.)
Historical fiction
Italian Americans
Fire, 1911
Clothing factories
Triangle Shirtwaist Company
Italian American girls

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