By Katherine Paterson
In 1912, Lawrence, Mass. became the center of the nation's attention when factory workers began "The Bread and Roses Strike." Not only were the workers marching for a livable wage to provide bread for their tables, they were also pleading for a little beauty in their lives. Newbery medal winner Katherine Paterson tells the story of two youngsters who become friends in an effort to survive - one, a girl who chooses education as a means to rise above the fighting, and the other, a boy who steals and tricks to get by.
This moving story is sure to capture the attention of any reader interested in history or tales of survival against all odds. With both boy and girl main characters, Paterson also crafts two likeable children that kids today are bound to respect and love. Great for children in grades 4-8.