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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (486 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Winthrop Narrator: Lili Gamache Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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1910. Pownal, Vermont. At 12, Grace and her best friend Arthur must leave school and go to work as a “doffers” on their mothers’ looms in the mill. Grace’s mother is the best worker, fast and powerful, and Grace desperately wants to help her. But she’s left handed and doffing is a right-handed job. Grace’s every mistake costs her mother, and the family. She only feels capable on Sundays, when she and Arthur receive special lessons from their teacher. Together they write a secret letter to the Child Labor Board about underage children working in Pownal. A few weeks later a man with a camera shows up. It is the famous reformer Lewis Hine, undercover, collecting evidence for the Child Labor Board. Grace’s brief acquaintance with Hine and the photos he takes of her are a gift that changes her sense of herself, her future, and her family’s future.

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Quotes & Awards

  • History and fiction are woven seamlessly together in this beautifully
    written novel. Readers won't soon forget Grace.
    School Library Journal, Starred
  • Vividly portrays mill life and four characters who resist its deadening
    effects. . . . Solid research and lively writing.
    Kirkus Reviews
  • The child-labor story is gripping. Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Anne | 2/19/2014

    " A nice book based on the real-life photographer, Lewis Hines, who brought America the face of child labor at the turn of the century. The story is a fictionalization of what the life of one of Hines' subjects may have been like. 12 year-old girl Grace, who is very good at school but forced to quit in order to take her place in the mill (illegally) so that her French-Canadian immigrant family can get by. I thought the book was pretty fair minded - really showing how a lot of these families didn't want their children working in such dangerous conditions but had no other choice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Rebecca | 2/12/2014

    " A lovely story, compelling and well written. A little more in the ending would have been nice.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Vicky | 2/12/2014

    " A great historical fiction book for children. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sally | 2/10/2014

    " Heart rendering insight into the abuse of children in the textile mills of the early 1900's...story based on a photograph of a young girl in a group of children workers outside the mill. "

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