Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 288 pages, 7.63 × 5.13 × 0.63 in
Published: August 12, 2008
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0547076517
ISBN - 13: 9780547076515
About the Book
A two-time Newbery Medalist and National Book Award winner pens a tale of the 1912 mill workers' strike, told through the point of view of the children living through the historical events.
Read from the Book
Chapter One Shoe Girl The tenements loomed toward the sky on either side of the alley like glowering giants, but they''d keep the wind off. There was plenty of trash in the narrow space between them. It stank to high heaven, but, then, so did he. He began to burrow into the heap like a rat. A number of rodents squawked and scrambled away. Hell''s bells! He hoped they wouldn''t bite him while he was asleep. Rat bites hurt like fury. For a moment he stopped digging, but the freezing air drove him farther in. He tried to warm himself by cursing his pa. The words inside his head were hot as flaming hades, but they didn''t fool his hands and feet, which ached from the cold. He''d heard of people freezing to death in their sleep. It happened to drunks all the time. He sometimes even wished it would happen to his pa, although he knew it was wicked to wish your own pa dead. But how could Jake be expected to care whether the brute lived or died? The man did nothing but beat him. Dead, he wouldn''t beat me or steal all my pay for drink?and then beat me for not earning more. He was keeping himself agitated, if not warm, with hateful thoughts of the old man when he heard light footsteps close by. He willed himself motionless. It was a small person from the sound, and coming right for his pile. You can''t have my pile. This one''s mine. I already claimed it. I chased the rats for it. I made my nest in it. . . . He began to growl. ?Who''s there?" It was the frightened voice of a child?a gi
From the Publisher
2013 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award
Rosa''s mother is singing again, for the first time since Papa died in an accident in the mills. But instead of filling their cramped tenement apartment with Italian lullabies, Mamma is out on the streets singing union songs, and Rosa is terrified that her mother and older sister, Anna, are endangering their lives by marching against the corrupt mill owners. After all, didn''t Miss Finch tell the class that the strikers are nothing but rabble-rousers-an uneducated, violent mob? Suppose Mamma and Anna are jailed or, worse, killed? What will happen to Rosa and little Ricci? When Rosa is sent to Vermont with other children to live with strangers until the strike is over, she fears she will never see her family again. Then, on the train, a boy begs her to pretend that he is her brother. Alone and far from home, she agrees to protect him . . . even though she suspects that he is hiding some terrible secret. From a beloved, award-winning author, here is a moving story based on real events surrounding an infamous 1912 strike.
About the Author
Katherine Paterson''s international fame rests not only on her widely acclaimed novels but also on her efforts to promote literacy in the United States and abroad. A two-time winner of the Newbery Medal (Bridge to Terabithia and Jacob Have I Loved) and the National Book Award (The Great Gilly Hopkins and The Master Puppeteer), she has received many accolades for her body of work, including the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal, the Hans Christian Andersen Medal, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, and the Governor''s Award for Excellence in the Arts, given by her home state of Vermont. She was also named a Living Legend by the Library of Congress. She served as the National Ambassador for Young People''s Literature in 2010-2011.
Ms. Paterson is vice president of the National Children''s Book and Literacy Alliance (www.thencbla.org
), which is a not-for-profit education and advocacy organization. The NCBLA''s innovative projects actively promote literacy, literature, libraries, and the arts. She is both an Alida Cutts Lifetime Member of the United States Board on Books for Young People (www.usbby.org
) and a lifetime member of the International Board on Books for Young People (www.ibby.org
She and her husband, John, live in Barre, Vermont. They have four children and seven grandchildren. For more information, visit www.terabithia.com
"A beautifully written novel that puts a human face on history...Paterson at her best--and that''s saying a lot." Kirkus Reviews, Starred
"Stirring and dramatic." Booklist, ALA, Starred Review
"Paterson has skillfully...created vivid settings, clearly drawn characters, and a strong sense of...hardship and injustice." School Library Journal, Starred
"[Paterson] remains a smooth storyteller, and this is an informative exploration of a key moment in U.S. labor history." Bulletin of the Center for Children''s Books