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When Clara 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 didn't stop Clara. She went to night school, spent hours studying English, and helped support her family by sewing in a shirtwaist factory. Clara never quit, and she never accepted that girls should be treated poorly and paid little. Fed up with the mistreatment of her fellow laborers, Clara led the largest walkout of women workers the country had seen. From her short time in America, Clara 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.

©2013 Michelle Markel (P)2014 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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Starred review. "Markel's informative text buzzes with details of the oppressive conditions and neatly plays up Clara's can-do spirit... A detailed note about the garment industry and a selected bibliography conclude. This book has fighting spirit in spades - you go, Clara!" - Booklist
"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... This spirited account concludes with additional material on the garment industry and a solid bibliography. A first purchase." - School Library Journal

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