The streets of Chicago in 1886 are full of turmoil. Striking workers clash with police; illness and injury lurk around every corner; and twelve-year-old Addie must find her way through it all. Torn between her gruff Papa — who owns a hat shop and thinks the workers should be content with their American lives — and her beloved Uncle Chaim — who is active in the protests for the eight-hour day — Addie struggles to understand her topsy-turvy world, while keeping her family intact.
Set in a Jewish neighborhood of Chicago during the days surrounding the Haymarket Affair, this novel vividly portrays one immigrant family's experience, while also eloquently depicting the timeless conflict between the haves and the have-nots.
"Protests turn violent as police crack down harshly on those marching in the streets, and Addie's father, who worries that the demonstrations will reflect poorly on all immigrants and hurt his business, becomes enraged at Uncle Chaim for taking part in the movement and casts him out of the family home. Things go from bad to worse as Addie finds herself in the middle of a protest in Chicago's Haymarket Square when a bomb is thrown into a crowd of policemen.... A timely and potent portrait of an important moment in U.S. history." — Kristy Pasquariello, School Library Journal
|Recommended Age||9 - 12|
|Author||Maud Macrory Powell|
|Publication Date||Apr 25, 2017|
|Publisher||Allium Press of Chicago|