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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (925 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Katherine Paterson Narrator: Lorna Raver Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2006 ISBN: 9780739331088
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Rosa’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. 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’s 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. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annette | 2/19/2014

    " One of the many things I like about Paterson is the way she can bring characters alive for readers. I'm particularly drawn to her historical fiction. Her books always make great titles for literature circles and social studies connections. Bread and Roses, Too is set during the 1912 labor strike in Lawrence Massachusetts. Some of the children of strikers were sent on "vacation" to Vermont to escape the potential violence. Like so many great historical fiction novels for young people, it made me want to learn more about the real people and events. I immediately went to the Library of Congress website to find photographs of the strike. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katherine Glover | 2/9/2014

    " already read this book, and it's really good so I'm re-reading it!!!!!!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 NewFranklin School | 2/8/2014

    " I loved this book because it had suspence mystery and a touch of saddness all mixed into one. Another reason I loved this book is because of the way the author dicribed how people felt back during the great strik. I also loved it because rosa trusted many people that many others didn't care about. There are lots of cool discribings, saddness that made me want to cry and much more you can find it all out if you read this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawson Anderson | 2/1/2014

    " i loved this book its awesome you should read it it changed my life on how i see things!!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nirel | 2/1/2014

    " I've really had a hard time finding an interesting book lately but from almost the first page of this book it had my attention captured. The characters felt real as well as their problems and I learned a lot about the 1912 strike. If you are even just a little bit interested in historical fiction than this is a great book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erica | 1/28/2014

    " Takes place in Lowell, MA and tells the story of immigrant families during the factory strikes. A little slow but very interesting story. Audio book was very good as there were a number of different accents between the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Austin | 1/16/2014

    " I liked this book more than I thought I was going to. It was interesting to learn about how people lived during this time period. I also really liked how the book ended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 1/12/2014

    " This book brought me back to the days of strikes in America and I could vividly picture everything that was going on. I could feel for Rosa and Jake and everyone else who was starving and could taste the food they ate when they received food. It brings emotion to the reader-something that history textbooks do not do. The first half of the book was slow but the second half was much better and easier to read through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monica | 1/12/2014

    " a little slow start but a happy ending which I love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca Olson | 12/11/2013

    " Wonderful tale to express these times that are so quickly brushed through in history classes (boring). The author very tactfully brings two tales together to portray one horrifying strike. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amazingamanda | 12/3/2013

    " GREAT!! My favorite book EVER! I love this book it is so good very mature book. But it is great!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Parkeryouth | 11/2/2013

    " Based on real events surrounding an infamous 1912 mill workers strike in Lawrence Massachusetts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alyssa | 10/14/2013

    " A touching plot with characters that could be related to by readers of a similar age, but not terribly compelling in it's writing style. Overall, a good read though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan | 9/28/2013

    " Girl and boy experience life as children during the "Bread and Roses Strike" of 1912. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 2/24/2013

    " A good read, even though sometimes its hard to read about children struggling for food and clothes when we are so blessed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katherine | 10/9/2012

    " I liked it, not that original but I still like it and it was still dofferent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shelley | 3/22/2012

    " I liked the ending of this book the most. It was a good story, but it was hard to connect with some of the characters at first. I learned a lot about the Bread and Roses strike. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 KatieH | 12/26/2011

    " I'm generally not a fan of historical-fiction novels, but I had to read this for class and I absolutely loved it! It's worth a read! So adorable! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April | 12/7/2011

    " Just finished this novel tonite, about an hour before going to Gordon College to hear author Katherine Paterson speak. The book was great and Paterson was really great! Amusing, informative and inspiring. I am looking forward to reading more of her work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Audrey | 9/24/2011

    " Bread and Roses is a great book to learn through someone else's experiences who is struggling in a community full of strikers. There are many different themes in this book such as generosity, culture, religion, the melting pot, and striking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susette | 8/17/2011

    " so cute and historically accurate! i loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donquierafaber | 5/8/2011

    " This was such a poignant story, masterfully crafted. I didn't even realize some of the symbolism until the very end. I liked how there were two protagonists of varying difficulty in life and accompanying ethics, so that we could be sympathetic to one or the other or both by the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy T | 5/4/2011

    " I found this an interesting story about the Lawrence, Massachusetts mill strike in 1912. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susette | 4/16/2011

    " so cute and historically accurate! i loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 LaDawn | 3/3/2011

    " Loved reading about the strike from a kid's point of view. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen | 1/24/2011

    " Currently listening to this title on CD. While I am only 1/2 of the way in, I am reminded of what a fine writer Katherine Paterson is, and how vividly she can characterize history in setting, character, and circumstances. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elsa | 10/29/2010

    " I like this book so far. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amazingamanda | 9/19/2010

    " GREAT!! My favorite book EVER! I love this book it is so good very mature book. But it is great!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirsten | 8/30/2010

    " Interesting to learn that during the strikes in the Lawrence Mills, they shipped off kids to Vermont, Philadelphia, and New York, so they wouldn't have to starve with their striking parents. "

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