BREAD AND ROSES, TOO by Katherine Paterson
Kirkus Star


Age Range: 10 - 14


Known as the Bread and Roses strike, the 1912 mill workers’ protest against working conditions in the mills of Lawrence, Mass., is the historical context for Paterson’s latest work, a beautifully written novel that puts a human face on history. When young Rosa Serutti, looking for shoes she’s hidden, meets Jake Beale sleeping in a trash pile, the two become acquaintances and, eventually, part of a family of sorts. When conditions in Lawrence turn dangerous, “shoe girl” Rosa and “Rosa’s rat” Jake are among the many children sent “on vacation” to host families in cities such as Philadelphia, New York and Barre, Vt., a part of American history not often covered in textbooks. Readers will be totally wrapped up in the stories of Rosa and Jake, Mrs. Serutti and older daughter Anna, both active in the strike, and Mr. and Mrs. Gerbati, the host family in Barre. The history is neatly woven into this story that explores the true meaning of community and family in hard times. A fine historical note provides additional background. Paterson at her best—and that’s saying a lot. (Fiction. 10-14)

Pub Date: Sept. 4th, 2006
ISBN: 0-618-65479-8
Page count: 288pp
Publisher: Clarion
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 2006


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