Uprising by Margaret Peterson Haddix This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

Uprising is a tale woven from tendrils of smoky memories from times long past and emotions still strong. This novel is a winding puzzle of life and loss, and the heart-wrenching tale of death, sacrifice, and devotion to one’s cause.

The theme “never give up” is found throughout Uprising in the three main characters’ commitment to a cause and their refusal to stop trying, despite dangerous circumstances. Even when death looms, they fight for their rights and the rights of all workers in the shirtwaist factories of the 1900s.

This book was impossible to put down. The prose sucks the reader in, and the story, with flowing details, keeps the reader hypnotized in the amazing tale of three young women caught in the fire that shocked America, changing it forever.

I definitely recommend Uprising to anyone who loves history and wishes they could have been there to experience it. If you read this book, I guarantee that you’ll never look at history the same way again

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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Nessi said...
May 26, 2016 at 9:38 pm
I love this book
mystery woman said...
May 5, 2015 at 6:10 pm
hi how would you describe Bella Yetta and Jane
Icepen said...
Oct. 12, 2013 at 7:07 pm
Wow. Just....WOW. I just got done reading Uprising and there aren't many words to describe the sheer power that the book holds over me. The theme of the book is clear and is best represented in a quote from Pirates of the Carribean. "No cause is lost if there is but one fool left to fight for it." I think this book has just changed my entire outlook on life.
tinytechie said...
May 15, 2012 at 4:55 pm
okay, all you people... STOP!  You keep saying things that i dont want to know if im hoing to read the book!
Trina said...
Oct. 10, 2011 at 9:16 pm
I loved the book:) it was the only book i got into in like a year:) the only thing i missed was how the fire got started. i skiped 3 chapters to keep up with my class and i think that was in one of those chapters. can anyone help? please?
madi1999 replied...
Nov. 6, 2011 at 4:57 pm
One of the workers was smoking and it caught onto some of the shirt waist which caused the whole building to calapse and only bella survived! Jane got caught and burned and Yetta jumped off the building and went threw the landing... and died with that boy she liked!
tinytechie replied...
May 15, 2012 at 4:54 pm
Wow! Way to spoil the ending! You could have stopped after how the fire started. I would have actually READ  the book if i didn't know that Yetta died and that this happened and that happened.
rocketninja said...
Oct. 6, 2011 at 5:53 pm
I hate this book. The ending is messed up and it is boring all of the way through.
lea42 said...
Aug. 30, 2011 at 10:06 am
i loved this book!!!!!!!
hey.com replied...
Sept. 29, 2011 at 5:33 pm
i didnt get it so who was Mrs. Livingston bella yetta or jane plz email back kk
madi1999 replied...
Nov. 6, 2011 at 4:59 pm
Bella yetta died jumping off and jane got caught in the fire and burned...... mrs. livigston i bella!
lover_gold said...
Aug. 19, 2011 at 3:00 pm
who survives at the end of the story!!!!!!!! and what page does it say that
@ lover_gold replied...
Nov. 18, 2011 at 7:23 pm
Bella  is the only one that survives out of the 3 friends. Bella is also known as Mrs. LIvingston.
peace_smurff said...
Jun. 25, 2011 at 7:07 pm
I love this book!! Haddix is a wonderful author, and this book was the first I experienced from her.  It tells of everyday life in the past for immagrants, the horrible facts of factory owners, and describes the event well.
lover_gold replied...
Aug. 19, 2011 at 3:04 pm
who survives?
sshfaryal said...
Mar. 5, 2011 at 4:29 pm

I read this book over a year ago and absolutely loved it, Haddix has always been a genius. Less than a month ago, though, I read a book called "In the Time of Butterflies," that I think Haddix may have gotten some inspiration.

"In the Time of Butterlies," by Julia Alvarez, is also based off true events that happend in the Dominican Republic to four girls. All but one girl survives, and the book opens with the surviving girl, just like this one. The narrators switch from chapter to... (more »)

bookworm12 said...
Feb. 1, 2011 at 6:18 pm
I loved this book!!! It was amazing. It immediatly sucks you in and you can't put it down. This heart-warming, sad, happy, moving, history-changing book shows us how three girls had an experience of a lifetime and how a fire changed America forever. I strongly recomend this book to anyone who enjoys history and believes in having rights and freedoms!
nicoleh123 said...
Dec. 13, 2010 at 4:02 pm
I've read this book! I luvd it!!!!!
imkeshaolol said...
May 10, 2010 at 8:19 am
i love this book but im not done with it yet, why did you guys ruin the end of the book for me!
Blank Expression said...
Feb. 1, 2010 at 7:42 pm
I just finished this book today. It was absolutely wonderful, bitterly funny, compelling, tragic and hopeful at the same time. I nearly cried when the police were sobbing with the girls and helping them. It's sad that the Fire did take so many lives not so long ago. This is a must read! I thought I would absolutely hate Jane, but Haddix surprised me.
Heh, I totally saw the Bella and Rocco thing. :D He's so sweet.
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