fp January 2015
from the book...
Unlike the other girls she works alongside, Clara Lemlich refuses to accept the cards she has been dealt. She's a Russian Jewish immigrant and aspiring student living in New York City's Lower East Side at the turn of the twentieth century, where she is forced to work in the garment factories to help support her family. Clara's appalled by the substandard working conditions there and begins to tirelessly fight for the improvement of women’s rights in the workplace, while facing the impossible choice between the cause she is drawn to and her lifelong ambition.
Inspired by the real-life story of Clara Lemlich, and gorgeously told in striking free verse, this novel celebrates the power of one girl’s unrelenting spirit, and reminds us that passion and fire can be found in the darkest of places.
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