Bread and Roses, Too (Google eBook)

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Aug 12, 2008 - Juvenile Fiction - 288 pages
144 Reviews
2013 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award

Rosa’s mother is singing again, for the first time since Papa died in an accident in the mills. But instead of filling their cramped tenement apartment with Italian lullabies, Mamma is out on the streets singing union songs, and Rosa is terrified that her mother and older sister, Anna, are endangering their lives by marching against the corrupt mill owners. After all, didn’t Miss Finch tell the class that the strikers are nothing but rabble-rousers—an uneducated, violent mob? Suppose Mamma and Anna are jailed or, worse, killed? What will happen to Rosa and little Ricci? When Rosa is sent to Vermont with other children to live with strangers until the strike is over, she fears she will never see her family again. Then, on the train, a boy begs her to pretend that he is her brother. Alone and far from home, she agrees to protect him . . . even though she suspects that he is hiding some terrible secret. From a beloved, award-winning author, here is a moving story based on real events surrounding an infamous 1912 strike.

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Great pacing and character development. - Goodreads
Too rushed, overly simplistic character development. - Goodreads
I liked the ending of this book the most. - Goodreads
Rosa was whiney and had little character development. - Goodreads
It was well written and educational. - Goodreads
The history is vivid, and the writing is good. - Goodreads

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User Review  - br14elmo - LibraryThing

In "Bread and Roses, Too" Rosa and her friend Jake are living in the middle of a strike. The strike was caused because the mill workers weren't getting paid enough including Rosa's mother and sister ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jackson - Goodreads

I really liked this book. I thought that both Jake and Rosa were well developed characters, but they could have been developed more. I liked that the end was open ended so that you can think that ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Katherine Paterson’s international fame rests not only on her widely acclaimed novels but also on her efforts to promote literacy in the United States and abroad. A two-time winner of the Newbery Medal (Bridge to Terabithia and Jacob Have I Loved) and the National Book Award (The Great Gilly Hopkins and The Master Puppeteer), she has received many accolades for her body of work, including the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal, the Hans Christian Andersen Medal, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, and the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, given by her home state of Vermont. She was also named a Living Legend by the Library of Congress. She served as the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature in 2010-2011. Ms. Paterson is vice president of the National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance (, which is a not-for-profit education and advocacy organization. The NCBLA’s innovative projects actively promote literacy, literature, libraries, and the arts.  She is both an Alida Cutts Lifetime Member of the United States Board on Books for Young People ( and a lifetime member of the International Board on Books for Young People ( She and her husband, John, live in Barre, Vermont. They have four children and seven grandchildren. For more information, visit

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