Touched by Fire

Touched by Fire

by Irene N. Watts

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Overview

"Let them burn. They're a lot of cattle anyway."
A factory-owner's response regarding the use of fire drills in March 1911.

     Touched by Fire, Irene N. Watt's exquisite new novel, explores one family's journey as they flee from the pogroms of Russia in 1905, where the Cossacks burn villages to the ground, to Berlin, Germany, where Jews have a hard time living and working in peace, to the streets of the Lower East Side in New York. Teenage Miriam gives a first-hand account of the excitement everyone feels about going to America, the "Golden Land," the journey in steerage, the arrival at Ellis Island, and the discrimination the immigrants feel while seeking employment. When Miriam finally lands a job at the Triangle Shirt Waist Company as a cuff setter, she believes her future in the New World is finally secure. But on March 25, 1911, the fire that starts from overflowing bins of material scraps rages into what becomes known as the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, and Miriam's life is forever changed.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781770495241
Publisher: Tundra
Publication date: 09/10/2013
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 831,261
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile: 710L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Born in Germany, Irene N. Watts is a playwright and author who has worked throughout Canada and Europe. She has published many award-winning books for children, including Good-bye Marianne, Finding Sophie, Remember Me, Clay May: The Golem of Prague, and No Moon. Her books have been translated into several languages, including Italian, French, and Dutch. Irene N. Watts lives in Vancouver. Visit her website at www.irenenwatts.com. The author lives in Vancouver, Canada.

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