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Bartoletti, Susan Campbell. Kids on strike!

Houghton Mifflin. 208p. illus. bibliog. index. 0-618-36923-6. $8.95. J*

This highly praised book (a School Library Journal Best Book, etc.) provides a vivid look at child labor issues from the mid 1800s through the turn of the century. Each of the eight chapters tells an exciting story of early industrial struggle for workers' rights, from the Massachusetts mills and Pennsylvania coal mines to the New York newsie strike and Mother Jones. Each 15- to 25-page chapter is full of terrific visual material, and the author's writing is clear and compelling, without over-simplifying or watering down material. Put together, the stories provide lots of information without being overly didactic. This handsome and intelligent book could profitably be used both inside and outside of middle school classrooms. Daniel J. Levinson, Teacher, Thayer Acad., Braintree, MA
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Date:Sep 1, 2003
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