Making the Grade / Audacity

Hi! Making the GradeIn a recent discussion about reform in history class, my teacher asked us to list five women that have changed the status of women’s rights in the United States. Susan B. Anthony, Eleanor Roosevelt, even Emma Watson were all named, but I had another female leader in mind: Clara Lemlich, main character in Audacity and the woman behind the Uprising of the 20,000. Although I read Melanie Crowder’s book back in April, I’m still inspired by Clara’s passion, bravery, and determination; she is certainly worthy of joining the ladies mentioned above in women’s rights history. I share my full thoughts on this remarkable novel below!

The inspiring story of Clara Lemlich, whose fight for equal rights led to the largest strike by women in American history. A gorgeously told novel in verse written with intimacy and power, Audacity is inspired by the real-life story of Clara Lemlich, a spirited young woman who emigrated from Russia to New York at the turn of the twentieth century and fought tenaciously for equal rights. Bucking the norms of both her traditional Jewish family and societal conventions, Clara refuses to accept substandard working conditions in the factories on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. For years, Clara devotes herself to the labor fight, speaking up for those who suffer in silence. In time, Clara convinces the women in the factories to strike, organize, and unionize, culminating in the famous Uprising of the 20,000.  Powerful, breathtaking, and inspiring, Audacity is the story of a remarkable young woman, whose passion and selfless devotion to her cause changed the world. {Goodreads}

Audacity Making the GradeNeed more convincing? Here’s what other reviewers had to say. “I just read the most awesome, powerful book – Audacity by Melanie Crowder. It’s one of those books that I want to hand out to people during Women’s History Month and pretty much throughout the year” {read the rest of the review + guest post at Good Books and Good Wine HERE}.

“Free verse novels can look deceptively simple, and they are wonderful enticements for reluctant readers, but make no mistake, the content is not so much complicated as it is far more thought-provoking than you might at first think it is” {read the rest of the review at Randomly Reading HERE}.

“I sincerely hope Audacity finds a wide audience. That it is used in the classroom and finds its way on to personal and library shelves. That it is discussed and shared and that readers, especially young women, find themselves in Clara and are inspired by her story” {read the rest of the review at The Hiding Spot HERE}.

Let’s discuss! Have you read or heard about Audacity? Have you checked out anything else by Melanie Crowder? Reading this motivated me to look into other novels of verse; I have The Crossover by Kwame Alexander, this year’s Newbery winner, in my reading pile.

Have an amazing start to your week! Bella

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3 thoughts on “Making the Grade / Audacity

  1. I’m always on the lookout for novels in verse because I love that particular format so much, so this is really exciting! I’ll definitely have to check this out. Although I have to admit that I’ve never heard of Clara Lemlich before- it will be fun to learn something new! Great review :)

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