May 09, 2021
Bread and Roses, Too
Posted by Katherine Paterson

2013 Laura Ingalls Wilder AwardRosa s mother is singing again, for the first time since Papa died in an accident in the mills But instead of filling their cramped tenement apartment with Italian lullabies, Mamma is out on the streets singing union songs, and Rosa is terrified that her mother and older sister, Anna, are endangering their lives by marching against the corru2013 Laura Ingalls Wilder AwardRosa s mother is singing again, for the first time since Papa died in an accident in the mills But instead of filling their cramped tenement apartment with Italian lullabies, Mamma is out on the streets singing union songs, and Rosa is terrified that her mother and older sister, Anna, are endangering their lives by marching against the corrupt mill owners After all, didn t Miss Finch tell the class that the strikers are nothing but rabble rousers an uneducated, violent mob Suppose Mamma and Anna are jailed or, worse, killed What will happen to Rosa and little Ricci When Rosa is sent to Vermont with other children to live with strangers until the strike is over, she fears she will never see her family again Then, on the train, a boy begs her to pretend that he is her brother Alone and far from home, she agrees to protect him even though she suspects that he is hiding some terrible secret From a beloved, award winning author, here is a moving story based on real events surrounding an infamous 1912 strike.

  • Title: Bread and Roses, Too
  • Author: Katherine Paterson
  • ISBN: 9780618654796
  • Page: 439
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Bread and Roses Too Laura Ingalls Wilder AwardRosa s mother is singing again for the first time since Papa died in an accident in the mills But instead of filling their cramped tenement apartment with Italian lulla

    Shomeret

    This is a lovely story that deals with the Lawrence Massachusetts mill workers strike in 1912 that is associated with the song Bread and Roses I ve always found the song very stirring especially as sung by Judy Collins I was surprised to find a novel written from the perspective of two children about this event I found the viewpoints of Jake and Rosa very believable.It s a book that isn t just about the strike It s about the role of education, ethnic identity and the meaning of family.Some would [...]


    Rana Heshmati

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    Chloe

    This book is a good book to read because its based on a large strike for money and the girls mom is on strike and she is mad because they are poor with 5 people liveing in her house with her dad just passing away and she finds out her mom is sending her away.


    Tara Chevrestt

    This was a very good YA historical novel It tells about the Lawrence Strike of 1912 Factories cut the work week back two hours, depriving already hungry and cold families of a couple of badly needed loaves of bread We see both sides of the fence so to speak Rosa is against the strike even tho her mother and sister are a part of it Her teacher is partly to blame for Rosa s doubts Also, Rosa is worried that her mother will get hurt or worse, murdered because the strike does get out hand a few time [...]


    Katie Wendell

    Bread and Roses,Too is a great book about two kids and their different yet very similar lives through the 1912 Lawrence Labor strike This historical fiction novel showed the many hardships and challenges children living in Lawrence, Massachusetts had to overcome The daily struggle of the logistics of the strike, safety, and your life were all things the two main characters, Rosa and Jake had to face.Throughout the book there were some moments I couldn t put it down and other parts through which [...]


    Pat

    Carefully crafted tale about two children caught up in the Lawrence, MA mill workers strike of 1912, based on fact The girl is Rosa, from a struggling Italian immigrant family The other is Jake, a native born who has learned to steal and lie to survive The children are sent to Barre, VT to stay with sympathetic families during the turbulent strike, where each one learns a life lesson about themselves.I loved the two characters and how they represented two victims of the workers strike We could s [...]


    Vicki

    If you enjoy historical fiction, this book is really good The two main characters are Jake and Rosa, children who live in Lawrence, MA, during the historical period of the bread and roses mill strikes At first I thought this was a book of different short stories because of the chapter titles such as Shoe Girl and The Best Student and The Beautiful Mrs Gurley Flynn that sounded unrelated However, each chapter provided insight into the lives of the main characters and the trials they went through [...]


    Krista the Krazy Kataloguer

    I didn t know anything about the Bread and Roses Strike of 1912, so reading this book was a learning experience for me I enjoyed the characters and the way the different ethnic groups were portrayed The ending was a tad predictable, but that s OK.


    PickyReader

    Yay for children s historical fiction Maybe the kids learned something from this book Frankly, it bored me I was not captivated by this book, yet I gave it two stars because I like the setting in time, and am fascinated by the 1900s strikes Rosa annoyed me.On to the next read


    Ellie Frazier

    Bread and Roses too was a great book about two young kids with two very different backgrounds Their similarities and differences all make up the unique relationship that these two characters develop This book takes place in the time period of the Bread and Roses Strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts Jake and Rosa, the two main characters, are both living in Lawrence during the time of the strike The strike affects Jake and Rosa in two very different ways but it all works out in the end Rosa is one o [...]


    sweetsweetclem

    Bread and Roses, Too is about a girl named Rosa and a boy Jake, two different people who met once in an alley where Jake slept They live in a place where many people are going on strike because of the little pay they recieve at the Mills Rosa is a good school girl without a father, who knows better, but is caught up in the strikes Her mother and sister go along with the crowds of people striking Jake, a boy who lives on the street, works at the mills, and gets beaten by his alcoholic father, goe [...]


    Elaine

    Jake at 13, use to work in the mills but now there is a strike going on His father who doesn t work, takes Jake s money to buy booze and beats Jake Jake is fed up with the beatings and lives where he can Most of the time, on the streets but also at the shoe girl s house and sometimes in one of the two local Catholic churches where he takes coins from the money box He s tried than once to go back to work but gets stopped by the strikers Rosa lives with her mother, sister, brother and boarders He [...]


    Gigi

    I enjoyed this historical fiction for young readers, recommended by my daughter, who chose to write about it for a school assignment Interestingly, she focused on the Italian American and Roman Catholic background of one of the main characters, rather than on the book s recounting of the early 20th century Labor movement N.B I was frustrated by a tantalizing typo within the final paragraphs of this hardcover edition a 3 line paragraph was included twice, and about the same number of lines of a s [...]


    Jenny

    This was interesting since I didn t know much about the strike at the Lawrence mills Now that I m an adult, I hardly read young adult books any Harry Potter and Hunger Games don t count so it was a blast from the past to read such a simple book about good and evil.However, now that I m an adult, it would be interesting to read about this in a book written for grown ups I m sure it would be complex.


    Sally

    This is a great book It takes place during the strikes in wool mills in Massachusetts The main character is a young Italian immagrant named Rosa, who lives with her mother, sister, and little brother Her mother sends her to Burre, Vermont on a train with other children, to live with a foster family during the strike.


    Gus Gilbertson

    Classic story of redemption for a young boy stuck in poverty in an early 20th century mill town.Enjoyed reading about the struggles of two hungry children as they lived through lean times during a mill strike Have not read a story like this in a very long time.


    Alexa Benware

    This book gives off a radiance of hope and prosperity, that we all need in our lives Just remember a fire always starts with a spark Amazing story, I practically had my hands glued to the book


    Libby

    I hadn t put down that I actually finished this book months ago oops But it honestly might have taken me that long if it weren t a book I had to read for school.The characterization in this book was pretty awful Rosa was also a very flat character, who didn t interest me at all She felt like a Mary Sue, where her one flaw was I don t know, wanting to keep her family safe Is that even a flaw Jake was the only person in this book worth reading about it s a shame that a good two thirds of the book [...]


    Cecily Kyle

    This pick was totally random, never heard of it before, but it fit a task in a challenge I am participating in This is a perfect example as to why I love doing these challenges so much because you find these wonderful gems that you would never have picked up otherwise This story was passionate and heart breakingly beautiful So much devastation in a time I could not imagine living in Seeing the sacrifices that had to be made to be heard and to fight for what they believed in was really inspiring [...]


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    LInda L

    Wonderful book about something I was totally unaware of I was so impressed with it that I gave a speech about it at my Toastmasters club VERY well received.


    Rachel Coskie

    I thought that it would have been better if there was about the house where they stayed in Vermont.


    Echo

    I found this to be well written and interesting, and I really enjoyed the characters and was invested in their stories Also, it includes really good historical notes at the end of the story.


    Anne Mc

    LOVED this book Strong characters story So much about the value of compassion for the marginalized and looking at someone s whole story.


    Diane Davis

    loved it


    Mckinley

    Focus on how labor strikes, this one about Lawrence Massachusetts mills, effected families and specifically children Set in 1912, the action takes place over a few months.


    Drew

    union historical fiction about how child labor ended


    Tea

    I understand it s YA but it is very immature The subject is good for adolescents but the tone of the story sounds like it was written for preschool.


    Susan

    An exceptional Historical Fiction which entertains and teaches.


    Atena

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