Lost

LostEssie Can Tell From The Moment She Lays Eyes On Harriet Abbott This Is A Woman Who Has Taken A Wrong Turn In Life Why Else Would An Educated, Well Dressed, Clearly Upper Crust Girl End Up In The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Setting Sleeves For Six Dollars A Day As The Unlikely Friendship Between Essie And Harriet Grows, So Does The Weight Of The Question Hanging Between Them Who Is Lost And Who Will Be Found This is a hard book for me to rate The prose was engaging I liked the set up with 16 year old Essie working in the sweatshop in NY lower East side, turn off the century I liked the relationship between Essie and Harriet I just thought that this book never really went deep enough I wanted muchout of it The story itself was a complete downer, and yes I get that this was a quasi historical novel and all, but this was pretty grim I ve left funerals feelingupbeat than I did when I This is a hard book for me to rate The prose was engaging I liked the set up with 16 year old Essie working in the sweatshop in NY lower East side, turn off the century I liked the relationship between Essie and Harriet I just thought that this book never really went deep enough I wanted muchout of it The story itself was a complete downer, and yes I get that this was a quasi historical novel and all, but this was pretty grim I ve left funerals feelingupbeat than I did when I finished this book last night So I m going with two stars I ve always been drawn to stories about the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in NYC, March 26, 1911, that killed 141 people, mostly seamstress girls I don t know why Maybe a previous life Jacqueline Davies has written a historical fiction that interweaves this tragedy with another tragedy at the time for which I was unaware On January 26, 1911 The New York Times reported on the disappearance of a Dorothy Harriet Camille Arnold, the daughter of a wealthy family and niece of a former Supreme Co I ve always been drawn to stories about the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in NYC, March 26, 1911, that killed 141 people, mostly seamstress girls I don t know why Maybe a previous life Jacqueline Davies has written a historical fiction that interweaves this tragedy with another tragedy at the time for which I was unaware On January 26, 1911 The New York Times reported on the disappearance of a Dorothy Harriet Camille Arnold, the daughter of a wealthy family and niece of a former Supreme Court justice Although the story was reported on this date, the family had mysteriously waited six weeks to report the disappearance to police This story was mysterious from the beginning, and received a lot of press, none stating that Miss Arnold had been located until April, 1921, when the then head of The Bureau of Missing Persons in NYC reported that the police had solved the case The main character of the story works at Triangle but the storyline does not concentrate on her job Instead readers are lead through the tragedy of her family using flashbacks It is difficult in the beginning to follow the story however, once you get the rhythm, you can t wait for the next flashback With a surprise ending, I m certain that the author meant for the tension to rise, but I figured out the surprise rather early In spite of this, I truly enjoyed the book that depicts the life of immigrants in NYC in the early 20th century and gives you an excellent feel of NYC at the time The author expertly presents a plausible interaction between a fictional character and a real one She also does an awesome job pointing out the contrasts between the disparate lives of a young immigrant woman with a woman from a rich and well connected family that is timeless.Although this book is considered Young Adult fiction, just like almost all YA Fiction it is an excellent read for all ages, especially those with an intense interest in history.I give this 4 Stars I think it must be terrible to be lost, but so much worse to be forgotten p 230, Lost.There s no chance in forgetting the characters in Jacqueline Davies s Lost, so vivid and true are their voices Like therecent tragedy of 9 11, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of 1911 is now burned into my consciousness as if with a hot brand Seventeen year old Essie Rosenfeld lives on the lower east side of Manhattan in 1911 She has been taking care of her irrepressible, fierce bad rabbit of a I think it must be terrible to be lost, but so much worse to be forgotten p 230, Lost.There s no chance in forgetting the characters in Jacqueline Davies s Lost, so vivid and true are their voices Like therecent tragedy of 9 11, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of 1911 is now burned into my consciousness as if with a hot brand Seventeen year old Essie Rosenfeld lives on the lower east side of Manhattan in 1911 She has been taking care of her irrepressible, fierce bad rabbit of a younger sister Zelda ever since Zelda was born Their mother, a grieving widow, just can t cope But now Essie needs to work at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory and can t be around as much for Zelda There she meets Harriet Abbott, the new girl who strikes Essie as different, somehow, not one of the immigrants like Essie and the other girls who work themselves to the bone for starvation wages because they must.An immediate friendship with Harriet confirms Essie s suspicions Harriet is harboring big secrets it turns out Essie is too Who is Harriet, really Like Grace Brown in Jennifer Donnelly s A Northern Light, the mystery of Dorothy Harriet Camille Arnold in Lost is based on true events and a real life person and adds depth and suspense to a story already rich in character, history, language and dialog Davies weaves these stories together in alternating chapters, one of which is printed on stained paper evoking the tenement walls of Essie s home The stories come together in a riveting and devastating climax that accurately portrays the hardships of that time and place But in the end, the story is really one of hope and the resilience of the human spirit This is THE best book of all time Before, i didn t really have a favorite book, i just had lots that i thought were my favorites That was before this book The detail is incredible, the charachters are amazing, and the setting is great overall this book is a must read and should be on everybodys to read list This book beats any book of the twilight series and i loved them all so its not like im saying anything is better , its even better than the host and i think that if i had to choose a This is THE best book of all time Before, i didn t really have a favorite book, i just had lots that i thought were my favorites That was before this book The detail is incredible, the charachters are amazing, and the setting is great overall this book is a must read and should be on everybodys to read list This book beats any book of the twilight series and i loved them all so its not like im saying anything is better , its even better than the host and i think that if i had to choose a fav before i read the book Lost, it would have to be that one i LOVE that book, but Lost still beats it , it beats any book in the hunger games series so far and yes i love those too i have never read a better book in my life It s like a puzzle, theyou read, theyou understand I stayed up until like two in the morning reading, and i couldnt stop crying for the last three chapters the only word i can come up with that thouroly describes this book is Wow there is no better word oh and maybe oh my god or i cant belive it but mostly just wow the ending is incredible there couldn t be aperfect ending to that book It does not matter what kind of books you like, you ll like this one trust me Everyone needs to read this, so please, check it out at your local library or get it at a bookstore or something, my message is just read it One of my Comp 102 classes is working with oral histories taken from survivors of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire for their current research writing project My favorite university librarian, a history buff, has been great about sending me articles and other information to share with the students This week she loaned me Davies s excellent YA novel I read it in two evenings Davies intertwines two stories from the turn of the last century the disappearance of the daughter of a wealth One of my Comp 102 classes is working with oral histories taken from survivors of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire for their current research writing project My favorite university librarian, a history buff, has been great about sending me articles and other information to share with the students This week she loaned me Davies s excellent YA novel I read it in two evenings Davies intertwines two stories from the turn of the last century the disappearance of the daughter of a wealthy family, and the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire I was disappointed that the union strikes played no role in the novel the narrator only mentions them once, at the end, and really only in passing , as I believe the workers quest for better working conditions preceding the tragedy make it all theoutrageous and alarming.I ll be sending copies of this to several young readers, though, as it is well written and creates a thoughtful portrait of the life of a young factory worker Excellent story about friendship and loss The author hooks you right away, and then keeps your interest with a cleverly woven tale based on two independent true stories from the early 1900s Flash back chapters in present tense alternate with the meat of the story, written in past tense, to give a sense that the main character is reliving those flashbacks. This book captivated me I could hardly put it down When I first picked it up i was like, maybe I won t read this I finished it a day, read the first half in the morning and second half at night This book is horrifyingly good, I loved every second of it. A truly ambitious, impressive novel I admire Jackie s ability to create an unreliable narrator who captures our sympathies Well done, neighbor This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Title Author Publication Date Lost Jacqueline Davies 2009 Genre Young Adult Historical Fiction.Format Book print 256 pages.Plot summary In 1911 New York, sixteen year old Essie Rosenfeld must stop taking care of her irrepressible six year old sister when she goes to work at the Triangle Waist Company, where she befriends a missing heiress who is in hiding from her family and who seems to understand the feelings of heartache and grief that Essie is trying desperately to escape Title Author Publication Date Lost Jacqueline Davies 2009 Genre Young Adult Historical Fiction.Format Book print 256 pages.Plot summary In 1911 New York, sixteen year old Essie Rosenfeld must stop taking care of her irrepressible six year old sister when she goes to work at the Triangle Waist Company, where she befriends a missing heiress who is in hiding from her family and who seems to understand the feelings of heartache and grief that Essie is trying desperately to escape NoveList.Considerations or precautions for readers advisory This novel shows readers how the main character Essie accepts or doesn t accept the loss of her younger sister, and retells how two historical events could have happened.Review citation Davies weaves two historic events the disappearance of a wealthy heiress escaping family scandal and the catastrophic Triangle Shirtwaist fire of 1911, graphically depicted into a lively tale of striving, unspeakable loss, and an eventual life affirming resolution Anne O Malley Booklist.Section source used to find the material YALSA Best Books for Young Adults 2010 Best Books for Young Adults2012 to 2013 Rosie Nominees Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book AwardsRecommended age Grades 8 and up Historical fiction, family, friendship, death grief, New York in the early 1900s, poverty, factory work.This is a beautifully written book that has sections that flash back in time between each chapter Essie is denying grieving the loss of her sister as she works as a seamstrees in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory A new colleague friend Harriet Abbott is going through a similar situation I think what I most liked about this book is that the author Jacqueline Davies wove actual historical event Historical fiction, family, friendship, death grief, New York in the early 1900s, poverty, factory work.This is a beautifully written book that has sections that flash back in time between each chapter Essie is denying grieving the loss of her sister as she works as a seamstrees in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory A new colleague friend Harriet Abbott is going through a similar situation I think what I most liked about this book is that the author Jacqueline Davies wove actual historical events into this story She obviously did extensive research.A couple of golden lines It turns out my father was rightA good writer can write any where p 88 Grief is like that You smash up against it, and it rips all the outer parts of you away You re left naked in front of everybody p 71 I like the way he asks me that what I think Most grownups don t Mama never does Mrs Pelz never does My teachers at school never did, when I used to go to school They didn t want to know what I thought The just wanted to know what I knew There s a big difference p 61.One note I do not think this is a multicultural book just because there is a sprinkling of Yiddish words expressions throughout It isa historical fiction book