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  • Title: Factory Girl
  • Author: Barbara Greenwood
  • ISBN: 9781553376491
  • Page: 348
  • Format: Paperback
  • At the dingy, overcrowded Acme Garment Factory, Emily Watson stands for eleven hours a day clipping threads from blouses Every time the boss passes, he shouts at her to snip faster But if Emily snips too fast, she could ruin the garment and be docked pay If she works too slowly, she will be fired She desperately needs this job Without the four dollars a week it bringsAt the dingy, overcrowded Acme Garment Factory, Emily Watson stands for eleven hours a day clipping threads from blouses Every time the boss passes, he shouts at her to snip faster But if Emily snips too fast, she could ruin the garment and be docked pay If she works too slowly, she will be fired She desperately needs this job Without the four dollars a week it brings, her family will starve When a reporter arrives, determined to expose the terrible conditions in the factory, Emily finds herself caught between the desperate immigrant girls with whom she works and the hope of change Then tragedy strikes, and Emily must decide where her loyalties lie Emily s fictional experiences are interwoven with non fiction sections describing family life in a slum, the fight to improve social conditions, the plight of working children then and now, and much Rarely seen archival photos accompany this story of the past as only Barbara Greenwood can tell it.
    Factory Girl At the dingy overcrowded Acme Garment Factory Emily Watson stands for eleven hours a day clipping threads from blouses Every time the boss passes he shouts at her to snip faster But if Emily snips

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    1. I ve been working together with teachers in my school district to find new resources about the Progressive Era, and ways to teach that better to our students It s a topic that s usually undertaught in our schools for various reasons, and some of the resources we ve found can help bring that past to light for kids One of the books we used this month was Factory Girl, by Barbara Greenwood She s written several other history books for young readers, including The Last Safe House A Story of the Unde [...]

    2. Fascinating book that combines a historical fiction story with alternating chapters telling about the real issues involving factory work 100 years ago Emily must go to work in a sewing factory when her father is killed She is horrified by the conditions, and must decide if she should risk her job to work to make things better Alternating chapters tell what was really going on at this time in history Really well done and a great book for history buffs in 3rd grade and up.

    3. This was a very good book It went very well with what I was learning in history It was fun too because it makes you think you re experiencing it yourself with the main character, Emily.

    4. This book is both fiction and nonfiction I suppose that if it was on television it would be called a docudrama It is the story of Emily, a twelve year old factory worker in 1912, and is written pretty much like any other work of fiction would be written However, this work of fiction alternates with sections of nonfiction elaborating on the historical setting in which the fiction takes place I really wanted to give this book four stars and there were a few times while reading it that I thought I [...]

    5. I loved this story and all the background information that was provided My complaints are all editorial related First, the title and the front photograph both involve girls and no boys Everyone, who is involved with children s literature, knows that those two things will immediately turn off most young boys Actually the book contains a lot of information about Factory Boys and could easily have been given a different title and cover Secondly, this book is an odd combination of fictional story an [...]

    6. Factory Girl by Barbara Greenwood is a story of child labor during the twentieth century Greenwood goes between a fictionalized story and detailed information of this historical event in our history Emily, 12 years old and 2 years under the legal work age, is forced to leave the 8th grade and find employment after her father leaves home to find work elsewhere That employment is in a sweatshop making a mere 4 dollars a week to help support her family The work environment is horrific After each ch [...]

    7. A combination between historical fiction short story and descriptive nonfiction brings to life the cruel reality of urban poverty in America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries Presenting an eye to this world of factory workers and garbage pickers is 12 year old Emily Watson whose father moves West for work and leaves her family to fend for themselves Once she gets a job at the lowest position in an overcrowded, overworked and underpaid factory, the nonfiction side begins to present the fa [...]

    8. I read this aloud to the kids for school This is my favorite read aloud so far this year It was very interesting The book shows what life was like for children who worked in American factories sweatshops in the early 1900s The author blended fiction and non fiction together to bring the story to life The fiction part of the story follows a young girl named Emily who must find work because her family has fallen on hard times Her determination and courage are inspiring There are non fiction sectio [...]

    9. This is a great fictionalized account of working life in a garment factory in turn of the century Canada the protagonist, Emily Watson, must take a job in the factory when the money that her father sends each month from his job in Alberta suddenly stops arriving Emily is despondent, as she must quit school to take this job and her dreams of becoming a teacher appear to have been cut short Interspersed with this fiction story is historical information about what life was really like for the worki [...]

    10. My daughter wanted to read this, and I read along with her I did not realize how suddenly sad it was going to become, nor how vividly the author would explain the living conditions of factory workers during the Industrial Revolution We did have to stop, and spend time discussing aspects of this story At times it was a bit much for a 10 yr old to take in As an adult reader, I found the story of two young girls from vastly different circumstances a rewarding read There is no profanity nor immoral [...]

    11. Factory Girls is a story of twelve year old girl name Emily Watson who worked in a factory with very poor conditions and a news reporter wanted to do a story on the factory to bring awareness to the horrible work conditions Emily feared that the factory would get shut down and it was the only means to support her family Thos was a great read and I would recommend it to students from 3rd grade and up The book had many real life pictures of the girls who worked on the factory and how many of the f [...]

    12. I didn t think I d like the format of this book non fiction essays between chapters of fiction but it worked well, enhancing the flow of the story rather than interrupting it The author vividly portrays life in the slums and in the factories for the poor children who had to live and work there The cover photo especially drew me, as the faces of the girls seem to sum it all up Some are smiling, some are clearly sad and tired, and one, the girl in the middle, is determined and spunky, obviously th [...]

    13. This book is loaded with pictures of kids working in factoriesPowerful The story of young Emily who must drop out of school and go to work to help her family survive tough times will tug at your heart It tells about the pioneers of photography who bravely entered the forbidden work world of children What an emotional book It is a mix of fact and fiction that draws you into the story and will not let you go

    14. I really wasn t sure how Greenwood would go from the fiction to the non fiction but I was pleasantly surprised Indeed, I found the non fiction actually enhanced the story and that with the pictures, it made the story even real and even heartbreaking I was a bit disappointed with the end but I think it was done on purpose The sad truth was that Emily probably stayed in factories her whole life and this is probably something children don t really want to read about.

    15. This is a mixed genre book, with a narrative set alongside expository writing about child labor at the turn of the century in the United States This book examines the plight of immigrants, some of whom cannot speak English Social Studies students can identify with these immigrants and their inability to communicate their pain It is also good to use during a study of the Industrial Revolution, to show the negative side of technological advancement.

    16. 2007 Voya Nonfiction Honor List I didn t know what to expect when I first selected this book I love readin about history, but this book blended a story about a girl with historical facts It was a great book to read I don t know if I could use it in an English classroom, but it definitely could be used for a history component Great book, would recommend to anyone.

    17. I was already pretty knowledgeable about this subject after reading Lyddie by Katherine Paterson and Uprising by Margaret Peterson Haddix I did learn a couple new facts I learned about the slums and what was done to try to clean them up It was a fairly quick read and I think anyone can get something out of this book.

    18. I ve tagged this both as historical fiction and nonfiction, because it s an interesting hybrid The book alternates between the fictional story of Emily, a poor young immigrant from Ireland forced to work in a clothing factory to help keep her family alive, and the true story of working children in North American cities in the early 1900s The many photos from that time are priceless.

    19. It was okay The fictional parts were good, but the intermingled factual parts detracted from them Typically, books of this nature put the factual part at the back so you have two sets of interesting reading Intermingled this way, I felt like I was reading a jazzed up text book Every time I got into Emily s story, I was dragged away.

    20. I was attracted to this book because of the cover also by the fact that if my Mom had grown up in a city instead of on a farm, she would ve been one of these girls The story is told through the eyes of Emily I think the author did a wonderful job of maintaining historical accuracy The book is well written.

    21. Finally, a book where the use of the word Girl in the title is appropriate.This was a very engaging, informative book, the type I d like my children to be required to read in school It made me cry.

    22. I really enjoyed this great new non fiction It tells the fictional story of a factory girl living in New York city mixed with the non fictional story teaching about that it was really like to work in garment factories and live in New York tenaments The picutures were also great

    23. Factory Girl is filled with photographs far from your typical Kodak moments, but its text brings the reader back through time and history to a point when young girls had to support their families by working in dangerous factories under crowded conditions.

    24. I am a definite fan of Barbara Greenwood s books, and this is probably my favorite one It follows a similar format of the others where a fictional story is interlaced with facts, illustrations, or photos In Factory Girl, the vintage photos have a haunting quality, making this book unforgettable.

    25. This is a very easy read, so a quick way to get credit for Historical Fiction I learned how families, during the Industrial Revolution, went to any measure to survive, including the children I highly recommend it

    26. This book is portrayed as fiction non fiction fiction and so on It gives the reader an oppurtunity to learn what further about what really happened, not just one girls perspective Well done and I would read it again.

    27. The photographs are worth a thousand words in documenting this terrible era in American history before child labor laws The historical information is valuable The fictional story set alongside is, unfortunately, not particularly well written.

    28. Very quick read Really enjoyed that their was a story line to follow while also describing the conditions at this time Also enjoyed seeing the photos from this time Great book that made you think about our past

    29. All four of us read this book Elyse was reading it for school, part of the Silverbirch award reading program Good book combination of fiction and non fiction.

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