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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michelle Markel Narrator: Lesa Lockford Publisher: Dreamscape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2014 ISBN: 9781629238371
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When Clara Lemlich arrived in America, she couldn’t speak English. She didn’t know that young women had to go to work, that they traded an education for long hours of labor, that she was expected to grow up fast.

But that did not stop Clara.

She went to night school, spent hours studying English, and helped support her family by sewing in a factory.

Clara never quit. And she never accepted that girls should be treated poorly and paid little.

So Clara fought back. Fed up with the mistreatment of her fellow laborers, Clara led the largest walkout of women workers in the country’s history.

Clara had learned a lot from her short time in America. She learned that everyone deserved a fair chance. That you had to stand together and fight for what you wanted. And, most importantly, that you could do anything you put your mind to.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A] sympathetic, fact-filled, and moving story.”

    New York Times

  • “Markel’s style is clean and clear, making Lemlich’s story accessible to a young audience. Readers are treated to solid information with a buoyant message about standing up for what is right.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Markel’s informative text buzzes with details of the oppressive conditions and neatly plays up Clara’s can-do spirit…This book has fighting spirit in spades—you go, Clara!”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Markel doesn’t sugarcoat the obstacles and injuries Lemlich faced as she went on to lead the ‘largest walkout of women workers in US history.’”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “In her simple but powerful text Markel shows how multiple arrests, serious physical attacks, and endless misogyny failed to deter this remarkable woman as she set off on her lifelong path as a union activist.”

    Horn Book

  • “In the last scene, Clara gazes out again at the Statue of Liberty. She has proved ‘that in America, wrongs can be righted.’”

    Children’s Literature

  • “Markel ably brings to life the plight of immigrant garment workers and Clara’s courageous advocacy.”

    Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

  • “A sparkling picture-book biography of the dauntless organizer of the titular strike…Very fine indeed.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Lesa Lockford’s narration is as quiet and firm as heroine Clara Lemlich…Lockford’s use of inflection underscores Clara’s grit—her pursuit of literacy and her admonition to ‘stand fast, girls’ when it comes time to strike. Through well-timed pauses, Lockford illuminates key facts of Clara’s story, for example, that the 1909 walkout was the largest women’s strike in United States history.”


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About the Author

Michelle Markel is a former freelance journalist who wrote stories and opinion pieces for the Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times. After her two daughters were born, she started writing for young people. She has written a variety of picture books, including, most recently, Tyrannosaurus Math and The Shark That Taught Me English. Michelle is also a founding member of the Children’s Authors Network. She and her husband, an anthropologist, live in West Hills, California, with their two sweet cats.

About the Narrator

Lesa Lockford is a professor in the department of theater and film at Bowling Green State University. She teaches courses in voice for the actor, dialects, acting, and performance studies. She is also a writer and performer. Before becoming a teacher, she was a professional actor in Great Britain where she appeared in a variety of roles in television, film, and on the stage. She trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.