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Factory Girl

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Factory Girl


Twelve-year-old Emily must hold down her job working twelve-hour days in a garment factory in order to keep from starving. A story that includes historical interludes about the working conditions in factories at the turn of the century.
The author is Barbara Greenwood and it was published sometime in 2007 by Kids Can Press. The book is 136 pages long and it contains many black & white drawings.

Kids Can Press

ISBN: 1553376498
Author: Barbara Greenwood

At the dingy, overcrowded Acme Garment Factory, Emily Watson stands for eleven hours a day clipping threads from blouses. 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 enhance social conditions, the plight of working young children then and now, and significantly far a lot more. If she works too slowly, she will be fired. Every time the boss passes, he shouts at her to snip faster. Without the four dollars a week it brings, her loved ones will starve. Rarely observed archival photos accompany this story from the past as only Barbara Greenwood can tell it. She desperately needs this job. 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 functions and the hope of change. But if Emily snips too fast, she could ruin the garment and be docked pay.


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