What are the best books tackling child labor?

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    #1Orphan Train

    Orphan Train

    Orphan Train tells the story of two people who are different and yet the same: Vivian is a 91-year old Irish immigrant and Molly is an 18-year-old Penobscot Indian. Both orphaned at a young age, the two of them set out on to discover the truth about who they really are.

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    Kyle Perry
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "When I first read about Orphan Trains I was appalled, It is a very black mark in American History and Human History. This fictional takes you inside of this institution and struggle through the eyes of a little girl and old women. This really pulls on the heart-strings."
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    #2Girl in Translation

    Girl in Translation
    Girl in Translation is a young adult historical fiction novel written by Jean Kwok. It tells the story of immigrants and their experiences in order to succeed and fulfill their duty for their own lives and for their family.

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    Marie Aguilar
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "This is a book that will really get to you. I'm still thinking about it days later -- the family in the story deals with many struggles including child labor."
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    #3Lyddie

    Lyddie

    Lyddie is a standalone historical fiction novel written by Katherine Paterson which is about an orphan girl named Lyddie who is separated from her siblings and how she worked to earn enough money to reunite them.

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    Donald Snyder
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "Interesting story and character that draws you in and makes you want to keep reading to see what happens at the end. Add this one to the list if your looking for a good book."
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    #4Boys without Names

    Boys without Names

    Boys Without Names is a standalone realistic fiction novel written by Kashmira Sheth which centers on 11-year-old Gopal and his family who flees to Mumbai from their Indian village to find a better future and work. 

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    Ángel Madrigal
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "This is a great fictional novel about an 11-year old Gopal and his family who flees to Mumbai from their village to find a better future. The author of this book takes the reader through the life and struggles of this boys family. I love this book and I highly recommend it. "
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    #5Counting on Grace

    Counting on Grace

    Counting on Grace is a standalone historical fiction novel written by Elizabeth Winthrop which follows the story of 12-year-old Grace and her best friend Arthur who go to work as doffer on their mothers' looms after coming home from school. 

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    Virginia Ramos
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "In this book, Grace puts on a brave face and fights against child labor. It is amazing to read about her bravery and pursuit for the rights of our younger human beings."
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    #6Circle of Cranes

    Circle of Cranes

    Circle of Cranes is a standalone young adult fantasy novel written by Annette LeBox which centers on 13-year-old orphan Suyin who has been elected by her villagers to work in the US, however, it is not what she expects. 

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    Wayne Oliver
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "Books tackling child labor, especially in fiction, is a rather niche area of interest, but Circle of Cranes is one of the better ones I've read in quite some time. The author, Annette LeBox, crafts a mix of Japanese legend with contemporary elements that, when combined, makes for a unique and worthwhile book."
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    #7A House of Tailors

    A House of Tailors
    A House of Tailors is a standalone young adult fantasy novel written by Patricia Reilly Giff which centers on 13-year-old Dina who leaves Germany to join her uncle’s family in Brooklyn to work in another industry. 
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    Song Zhao
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "Having came from a family that immigrated from Europe to New York in the early 1900s this book really hit home. I could relate it a lot to the stories my grandfather told me about there journey from Poland to the Americas. This was beautifully written and really kept me wanting more. It was tough to put down and take a break from it."
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    #8Growing Up in Coal Country

    Growing Up in Coal Country
    Growing Up in Coal Country is a nonfiction book written by Susan Campbell Bartoletti wherein she compiles the stories of immigrant families in America to find a better future in the country. 
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    Eugene Watson
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "Very raw and real look into the ugly world of coal mining and their frequent use of child labor. A nonfiction book written by Susan Campbell Bartoletti, she really wanted to cover the hard life that immigrant families were facing in America. "
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    #9Silk Umbrellas

    Silk Umbrellas

    Silk Umbrellas is a standalone historical fiction novel written by Carolyn Marsden which centers on sisters Noi and Kun Ya from Thailand who must start working at a local radio factory to support their family. 

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    Kyle Ward
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "stop child labour"
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    #10Joshua's Song

    Joshua's Song

    Joshua's Song is a standalone historical fiction novel written by Joan Hiatt Harlow which centers on 13-year-old Joshua Harper who quits school to find a job after his father died due to an influenza pandemic. 

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    Steven Roberts
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "BEAUTIFUL "
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    #11Days of Toil and Tears

    Days of Toil and Tears

    Days of Toil and Tears: The Child Labour Diary of Flora Rutherford is a historical book for young readers. It was authored by Julie Lawson. It was released in 2008. It is a part of the Dear Canada series.

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    Helen Lynch
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "I was really looking forward to reading Days of Toil and Tears. For whatever reason, the historical significance of child labor interests me quite a bit. Unfortunately, I found this book to be dull and boring. It was okay, but I don't think I would recommend it."

Summary

Best What are the best books tackling child labor
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Orphan TrainBooks 37 Paid
2Girl in TranslationBooks 33 Paid
3LyddieBooks 32 Paid
4Boys without NamesBooks 29 Paid
5Counting on GraceBooks 28 Paid
6Circle of CranesBooks 27 Paid
7A House of TailorsBooks 25 Paid
8Growing Up in Coal CountryBooks 22 Paid
9Silk UmbrellasBooks 21 Paid
10Joshua's SongBooks 19 Paid
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