City of Grit and Gold
Genres: Historical Fiction, Middle Grade Fiction
Length: 164 p.
Publication Year: 2017
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:

“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

“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



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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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