Counting on Grace (Google eBook)
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - nancynova - LibraryThing
Historical fiction based on the picture of a young girl in front of a bobbin machine in a New England factory. Grace doesn't want to quit school, but her mother needs her at the factory to be her ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - darleenanderson - LibraryThing
Elizabeth Winthrop's inspiration to write Counting on Grace started from a photograph of a young girl displayed at an exhibition of child labor photographs taken by Lewis Hine.The picture was so ... Read full review