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Haddix is a talented author, who has written many excellent books.  My favorite is her Cinderella tale, Just EllaUprising is also an excellent book.  Bella, Yetta and Jane become friends in spite of their differences.  Bella and Yetta are immigrants from different countries, working at the Triangle Shirtwaist factory, and Jane is the daughter of a wealthy New York factory owner.  But when fire sweeps through the factory, the girls’ lives are changed forever.  It was hard for me to get into this book at first, not because of poor writing, but because of the dreadful lives that Bella and Yetta were living.  Their situation seemed so hopeless, I almost didn’t want to read on.  But I did, and I’m so glad I stuck with it.  In spite of the tragic fire, Uprising is a story of hope, forgiveness, perseverance and change.

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