City of Grit and Gold
Genres: Historical Fiction, Middle Grade Fiction
Length: 164 p.
Publication Year: 2017
ASIN: 0996755853
ISBN: 9780996755856
**COMING MAY 1, 2017** The streets of Chicago in 1886 are full of turmoil. Striking workers clash with police…illness and injury lurk around every corner…and twelve-year-old Addie must find her way through it all. Torn between her gruff Papa—who owns a hat shop and thinks the workers should be content with their American lives—and her beloved Uncle Chaim—who is active in the protests for the eight-hour day—Addie struggles to understand her topsy-turvy world, while also keeping her family intact. Set in a Jewish neighborhood of Chicago during the days surrounding the Haymarket Affair, this novel vividly portrays one immigrant family’s experience, while also eloquently depicting the timeless conflict between the haves and the have-nots.
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Advance praise for City of Grit and Gold:

“Powell brings this historical event to life with admirable attention to detail. A well-rounded collection of characters offer opposing perspectives of the events and life in Chicago at that time. Young readers will grow along with Addie as she learns about the hardships of poverty and the complexity of politics…A timely and potent portrait of an important moment in U.S. history. Recommended for fans of ‘Dear America.’” —School Library Journal

“The history of the American Labor Movement isn’t often explored in middle-grade literature, and this will be a valuable addition to collections…Exploring many topical issues—immigration, civil disobedience, the right to free speech and assembly, and police brutality—this novel is timely. Kudos to the small Chicago press, Allium, for bringing it out; it certainly deserves a place in most libraries.” —Booklist

City of Grit and Gold is an ideal pick for teachers and librarians who may want to use the work to supplement lessons on American history or have meaningful discussions about rights, immigration, and protesting.”  —Foreword Reviews

“A worthy introduction to an important piece of history.” —Kirkus Reviews

“This tale was wonderfully descriptive, and it effortlessly portrays the hardships of an immigrant family in Chicago during the 1800s…The description of a family and their unique love for one another is beautiful. Despite being in an entirely different time period, the struggles and hardships of Addie’s family still apply today.” —LitPick

“City of Grit and Gold is really a lovely book. The eight-hour-day movement and Haymarket events make a great backdrop for the growing pains of a twelve-year-old girl. The Haymarket details are engaging, atmospheric, and very accurate.  Conflicting views are clearly laid out, but the universal need for social justice is beautifully presented. The reader is taken to the sights and smells of 19th-century Chicago, but the writing has a quality that will lead young readers to see that many of the same issues exist in the 21st–century world.” —Bleue Benton, Oak Park Public Library



A companion guide for this book (which includes discussion questions, read-alikes, links to images, and resources for further exploration) can be found by clicking here.


Trade Paperback • ISBN 978-0-9967558-5-6 • $16.99

Ebook • ISBN 978-0-9967558-6-3 • $6.99

JUVENILE FICTION /Historical/United States/19th Century

appropriate for ages 9-12 and above

5.5 x 8.5 • 164 pages

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