The year is 1910, and 12 year old Grace lives in a cramped Vermont company house with her family. She enjoys attending the local school, where she and her friend Arthur are top students. Now her studies (and her freedom) are threatened when both she and Arthur are told they must work at the mill.
In this work of historical fiction geared for middle school readers, Elizabeth Winthrop does an excellent job relating a picture of New England mill life at the turn of the 20th century. Coupled with the story of real life reformer Lewis Hine, we glimpse the heartbreaking backdrop that became the impetus for social justice in America.
I enjoyed this book very much, and was pleased to be able to share it with my daughter.
4 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2006
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