The pacing of the book moves quickly. This would be an excellent book to read in conjunction with a history unit about this period in American history, or with any social studies unit about revolutions or class structure. The author weaves details about each of the character's lives into the story vividly, so that even readers who are accustomed to iPods and air conditioning can clearly envision the cramped tenements and harsh working environment.
The girls are caught between traditional expectations and unjust treatment, but each finds a way to deal with it on her own terms. With references to unsafe working conditions and activists who support the right of women to vote, this book is full of discussion opportunities for students.
If there's a union, the whole shop all together, then the bosses cannot cheat you anymore. It's not just one girl, standing alone, saying 'Why did you only pay me three dollars this week?' "
The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.
**Questions Coming Soon**
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