Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909

by Michelle Markel
illustration by Melissa Sweet

Markel's look at the true story of the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909 is given a compelling treatment, creating a teachable moment about the past that also gives an encouraging nod to our possibilities for the future. Sweet's vibrant watercolor and pencil illustrations are enhanced with the occasional line of thread or scrap of fabric and they help make this piece of history one that will leave a lasting impression.