"You’ve got a lot to say for a little match girl."
On the streets of Victorian London, Bridie uses her wit selling matches to help feed her family — but no matter how hard she works, it’s never enough to stave off hunger or keep her ailing mother safe from the factory’s toxins. When a street-side accident leaves Bridie with only three matches, the strike of each one sends her magically tumbling into visions of a brighter, more hopeful future. Realizing she has the power to change her own fortune, Bridie urges the ill-treated factory workers to protest and strike, achieving something remarkable through unity and courage.
A far cry from the doomed little girl in Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale, Emma Carroll’s spirited heroine brings new life to this empowering retelling, inspired by historical events and featuring Lauren Child’s bold, stylish black-and-white artwork with vivid spots of red. With author and illustrator notes, along with vintage photographs, to offer additional context, this is a feminist reworking that shows kids the power of social reform — and that it all starts with one person raising their voice.