"Brave Girl: Clara And The Shirtwaist Makers' Strike Of 1909" By Michelle Markel
As a young immigrant girl, Clara Lemlich lands in New York City “dirt poor, just five feet tall, and hardly speaks a word of English.” Her father is unable to find work, but Clara does as a seamstress in a garment factory. Full of grit and determination, Clara recognizes the injustices of the garment industry on the workers and organizes the girls to strike in the winter of 1909. Thousands of young girls line the streets of New York in protest of the working conditions. Readers of this young heroine will be moved by the power of all of the girls banding together to create social change.
Michelle Markel penned stories and poems for student publications throughout secondary school and college (USC and UCLA, in pursuit of a BA and MA in French literature). Choosing to explore a career in writing, she obtained a second BA in Journalism at California State University, Northridge. This gave her the opportunity to intern at The Los Angeles Times.
Later, as a freelance
journalist, Michelle's stories and opinion pieces were published in The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, and other
newspapers and magazines. Michelle is also a founding member of the Children’s
Authors Network and teaches classes in writing for young people for UCLA
Extension’s Writer’s Program.
Starred review of Brave Girl: School Library Journal, Kirkus A Junior Library Guild selection