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Touched by Fire [PDF / Epub] ✅ Touched by Fire Author Irene N. Watts – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Let them burn They re a lot of cattle anyway A factory owner s response regarding the use of fire drills in March Touched by Fire, Irene N Watt s exquisite new novel, explores one family s journey as Let them burn They re a lot of cattle anyway A factory owner s response regarding the use of fire drills in MarchTouched by Fire, Irene N Watt s exquisite new novel, explores one family s journey as they flee Touched by MOBI :Ê from the pogroms of Russia in , where the Cossacks burn villages to the ground, to Berlin, Germany, where Jews have a hard time living and working in peace, to the streets of the Lower East Side in New York Teenage Miriam gives a first hand account of the excitement everyone feels about going to America, the Golden Land, the journey in steerage, the arrival at Ellis Island, and the discrimination the immigrants feel while seeking employment When Miriam finally lands a job at the Triangle Shirt Waist Company as a cuff setter, she believes her future in the New World is finally secure But on March the fire that starts from overflowing bins of material scraps rages into what becomes known as the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, and Miriam s life is forever changed.

    Touched by Fire ePUB ð Touched by MOBI :Ê job at the Triangle Shirt Waist Company as a cuff setter, she believes her future in the New World is finally secure But on March the fire that starts from overflowing bins of material scraps rages into what becomes known as the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, and Miriam s life is forever changed."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 208 pages
  • Touched by Fire
  • Irene N. Watts
  • 28 November 2019
  • 177049524X

About the Author: Irene N. Watts

Irene N Watts is a German born Canadian writer and educator She was born in Berlin in and lived there for seven years She moved to the United Kingdom by way of Kindertransport and was educated in England and Touched by MOBI :Ê Wales Watts earned degrees in English literature and modern history at Cardiff University.



10 thoughts on “Touched by Fire

  1. Erin Erin says:

    Find this and other reviews at aware that my three star rating of Irene N Watt s Touched By Fire isabout me than anything else The book is children s fiction and though I certainly appreciate it for what it is, at the end of the day I am in my late twenties and my tastes are somewhatrefined than the average twelve to eighteen year old In recognition of this fact I ask you to please take my rating with a grain or two of salt Touched By F Find this and other reviews at aware that my three star rating of Irene N Watt s Touched By Fire isabout me than anything else The book is children s fiction and though I certainly appreciate it for what it is, at the end of the day I am in my late twenties and my tastes are somewhatrefined than the average twelve to eighteen year old In recognition of this fact I ask you to please take my rating with a grain or two of salt Touched By Fire is the kind of book I d encourage my children to read Miriam s experiences make for a good story, but I d encourage them to look beneath the story to the history Watt worked into the book the growing turmoil in Russia, the rising tensions in Germany, the plight of the immigrant yearning to breathe free and of course the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire I have a great deal of respect for authors like Watt, writers who use their medium to teach and well as entertain.Another thing I liked about this piece was the portrait Watt painted of the immigrant family Miriam s father arrives in America two years before Miriam who travels alone while her mother remains in Germany until another child, Miriam s infant sister, is able to travel This forced separation really exhibited the enormity of what it meant to uproot one s family and move halfway around the world in the early 1900s Watt didn t have to depict the Markovs and their circumstances so realistically, but here again I found myself in admiration of her skill her ability to recreate not just the events, but the emotional challenges that faced by so many at the turn of the last century.All in all an enjoyable piece though I think the cover artist and publisher put too much a focus on the factory fire The Triangle tragedy is only a part of this story and I think it is something of a disservice to both Watt and her readers to neglect the value in the rest of the book s content

  2. MissSusie MissSusie says:

    This was a fascinating read, I asked for this from netgalley because I am fascinated with the Triangle Fire tragedy but this book is about so much than just that, it is a fabulous immigrant story.We meet teenaged Miriam and her family when they are living in Kiev, they have already lived through the pogroms which is a violent massacre or persecution of an ethnic or religious group, particularly one aimed at Jews and there is hints atto come, but her parents have a dream, to go to the gol This was a fascinating read, I asked for this from netgalley because I am fascinated with the Triangle Fire tragedy but this book is about so much than just that, it is a fabulous immigrant story.We meet teenaged Miriam and her family when they are living in Kiev, they have already lived through the pogroms which is a violent massacre or persecution of an ethnic or religious group, particularly one aimed at Jews and there is hints atto come, but her parents have a dream, to go to the golden land to America where no one burns you for being a Jew They start their journey by getting out of Kiev and moving to Germany to make enough money for Papa to go to America first and make enough money for the rest of the family to come over It is 2 years before enough money is saved and the tickets arrive for Miriam, her mother Sara, her brother Yuri, and baby sister Devora to make the great sea voyage However Miriam s brother is a little brat who doesn t want to leave, sorry Yuri really made me mad in this story and Devora has been sickly and the doctor advises that she not go on this trip Ok that is all I am going to tell about that part No Spoilers The book goes on with Miriam s story her sea voyage , what that was like and the conditions for these passengers was pretty grim, but I liked how the author let us see through Miriam s eyes that first look at New York harbor the Statue of Liberty and arriving at Ellis Island I thought her descriptions of this and the Lower East Side made you feel like you were there and was well written So there is so muchto this book than the Triangle Fire which I m sure you have guessed is where Miriam gets a job and after still having nightmares from the Pogrom s of her childhood this was a pretty tough time One caveat here, the description of the fire is very graphic so teens or adults with a weak stomach may have a hard time with that.I really enjoyed this book and pretty much read it in one sitting, this was my first book by Irene Watts though I have been meaning to try her books, I will now be readingof her books I really enjoyed her writing and the descriptions of time and place were well done.I would recommend this to teens and adults alike and will be buying the paperbook for our library 4 StarsAs I said I received this book from netgalley for a fair and honest review

  3. Jan Jan says:

    This is the story of a young woman named Miriam Markovitz, whose family lived in Russia in the early part of the last century Wanting to escape the horrible conditions under which they lived and the persecutions of the Jews, they moved to Germany and then to America.I enjoyed the story and especially the fact that it told the tale of so many immigrants It didn t go into any details of the pogroms or anti Semitism in Europe, but there are plenty of other places to find that What it did tell wa This is the story of a young woman named Miriam Markovitz, whose family lived in Russia in the early part of the last century Wanting to escape the horrible conditions under which they lived and the persecutions of the Jews, they moved to Germany and then to America.I enjoyed the story and especially the fact that it told the tale of so many immigrants It didn t go into any details of the pogroms or anti Semitism in Europe, but there are plenty of other places to find that What it did tell was about the waiting, working, and separation of families for years in order to live a better life elsewhere That is the basis of so many of our lives now, and a large part of the history of our country.The book is written for young people and the writing is simple and clear I would have liked a littledepth from Miriam s character, but otherwise the book includes interesting and authentic people Although the cover and the back blurb make it seem as if the story is based on the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, that is only a single incident in this story and occurs at the end The real story is the emigration of Miriam and her family, and specifically her adjustment to her new places and friends.Recommended for fans of historical fiction, especial YA.The publisher sent a free copy of this book for a fair review I will now be passing it on to other readers through my book club

  4. Reet Champion Reet Champion says:

    Miriam, Miriam, Miriam She does have her problems, poor girl Miriam Markowitz Markov has survived much in her short life, from pogroms and Anti Semitism in Europe to an Atlantic crossing in less than desirable conditions Her life is not an easy one and an insufferable brother Yuri does little to improve things When her father leaves for the United States where he hopes to send for his family in a couple of years, Miriam remains behind with her mother, grandparents and two younger siblings Miriam, Miriam, Miriam She does have her problems, poor girl Miriam Markowitz Markov has survived much in her short life, from pogroms and Anti Semitism in Europe to an Atlantic crossing in less than desirable conditions Her life is not an easy one and an insufferable brother Yuri does little to improve things When her father leaves for the United States where he hopes to send for his family in a couple of years, Miriam remains behind with her mother, grandparents and two younger siblings When the long awaited day arrives the day the family begins their journey to America Yuri goes missing nearly causing the family to miss their train And that s not all When he fakes disabilities before the very eyes of immigration officials he is turned away Miriam is left to make the transatlantic crossing on her own as her mother opts to remain behind with Yuri And so begins a time of many ups and downs for Miriam in her first steps toward a new life.You ve got to say one thing about Touched by Fire it doesn t lack for facts I ve done some studying on the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire over the years not much, but some and recognized quite a bit of the story material as accuracies I think sometimes the facts are a little blatant, however, and not weaved as seamlessly as they could have been The dialogue can be a little cheesy for lack of a better word in some places reminding me of the first novel I wrote which is unpublished, thank goodness That s not to say that Touched by Fire should never have been published I m very glad it was It is my humble opinion, that juvenile fiction could do withrealistic historical fiction as it seems to have been waning over the last few years.But this is coming from a mature reader I can honestly say that I would have loved this book when I was in the 10 14 years old category, barring one incident All in all Irene N Watts has written a great book and nice learning tool for younger readers.DISCLAIMER In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission s 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising we would like to note that we received an electronic copy of Touched by Fire from NetGalley.com provided by the publishers, Tundra Books, in exchange for our honest review

  5. Tara Chevrestt Tara Chevrestt says:

    I find this well written and engaging Even though it s aimed at middle grade readersthan adults, I was sucked into the story The simplicity of it in order to appeal to and be understood by younger readers did not deter me I simply found it a quick but enjoyable read.It s about a young girl in Russia, whose family is tired of pogroms They are Jewish and constantly being punished for being so with high taxes, forced moves, and brutality, such as having their homes burned down.They drea I find this well written and engaging Even though it s aimed at middle grade readersthan adults, I was sucked into the story The simplicity of it in order to appeal to and be understood by younger readers did not deter me I simply found it a quick but enjoyable read.It s about a young girl in Russia, whose family is tired of pogroms They are Jewish and constantly being punished for being so with high taxes, forced moves, and brutality, such as having their homes burned down.They dream of going to America, where they will not be persecuted, but the fare is expensive and most families could only go a few people at at a time From Russia to Germany, we follow this family and the story is told from the POV of the older daughter.It s a story about hope, dreams, and finally, making the journey It s about a family divided the horrid little brotheroooh, I wanted to slap that boy He needed a spanking.It s about pinching pennies and worrying and just imagine being fourteen and traveling all alone from Germany to America on a ship full of strangers With sea sickness, lewd sailors, catty passengersWhat was new to me was the details about health check ups and turning immigrants away before they even board the ship That was interesting.Then we get to New York and learn about the Shirtwaist fire the conditions the women worked in, the fire escape that doesn t reach street level, the ladders that don t reach the ninth floor, the locked doors that only open inward and permit a person at a time WOW Not quite done More here

  6. Meaghan Meaghan says:

    I got this book free from LibraryThing s early reviewers program.I wanted to like this bookthan I did Certainly it s a worthy topic that hasn t been explored all that much in children s literature However, I think the writing could have been a lot better, or the marketing could have been better The event that the title and dust jacket refer to didn t even happen until like halfway through the story Most of the book is about Miriam s life in tsarist Russia and then Germany, and having t I got this book free from LibraryThing s early reviewers program.I wanted to like this bookthan I did Certainly it s a worthy topic that hasn t been explored all that much in children s literature However, I think the writing could have been a lot better, or the marketing could have been better The event that the title and dust jacket refer to didn t even happen until like halfway through the story Most of the book is about Miriam s life in tsarist Russia and then Germany, and having to deal with antisemitism.Also, I knew that most immigrants at that time kept to their own For a Russian girl to make friends with an Italian girl who conveniently speaks German fluently just like that seems implausible Also, the characters tended to make speeches instead of proper dialog and they all sounded the same.Kids are probably not going to notice this, and girls of the 9 to 12 group will probably like it well enough I m 28

  7. Megan Megan says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Touched by Fire is one of those fascinating historical fiction novels that whisks the reader away to another time and place That time and place is the early 1900s in Russia, Germany, and America Irene N Watts gives a fictionalized account of a young girl named Miriam, a Jew of Russian descent, whose family flees to Berlin after the pogroms inflicted by Tsar Nicholas The family then works to their way to America the Golden Land.What I found most interesting was the connections this book help Touched by Fire is one of those fascinating historical fiction novels that whisks the reader away to another time and place That time and place is the early 1900s in Russia, Germany, and America Irene N Watts gives a fictionalized account of a young girl named Miriam, a Jew of Russian descent, whose family flees to Berlin after the pogroms inflicted by Tsar Nicholas The family then works to their way to America the Golden Land.What I found most interesting was the connections this book helped me make between cause and effect The oppressive Russian regime pushed the Jews out of Germany who in turn thirty years down the road imprisoned and executed those same families The story also details what is said to have been the biggest factory fire in U.S history Watts weaves a fascinating and heartbreaking tale Though this is a fictionalized account it s easy to imagine how easily this could be one immigrant s or many immigrants story.Reading the account of the Golden Land free from persecution and extreme poverty also helps to reinforce just how lucky I, as an American citizen, am and just how important it is for this country to continue to be safe harbor for your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of historical fiction specifically the historical fiction set in the early 1900s It s a captivating and quick read.The last thing that I would say and this will give away a good deal is that it also reinforced just how dangerous being stubborn and refusing to see the truth actually can be

  8. Erikka Erikka says:

    I ve read several books about the Triangle Factory fire and all of them are devastating Every time I see that date March 25, 1911 on the top of the page, my stomach turns And every time, the girls in their spring finery get their paychecks, the closing bell rings, and I think they are safe And every time, someone yells fire and my heart breaks again This book was good in that it develops Miriam from her time in Europe through her immigration until her job at Triangle that amount of ch I ve read several books about the Triangle Factory fire and all of them are devastating Every time I see that date March 25, 1911 on the top of the page, my stomach turns And every time, the girls in their spring finery get their paychecks, the closing bell rings, and I think they are safe And every time, someone yells fire and my heart breaks again This book was good in that it develops Miriam from her time in Europe through her immigration until her job at Triangle that amount of character development made you want her to survive evenI also liked how the epilogue closed up the story lines in a totally unexpected way connecting one fire to another, and one family to itself The only thing that annoyed me, the reason for the one less star, was the enabling parents Yuri whines and gets what he wants, Devora whines and gets what she wants even Miriam gets away with things as a child These parents are seriously weak willed and spineless when it comes to their kids That really annoyed me, especially since a pivotal plot point hinges on the parents being ineffective Otherwise, this was a great read to introduce the Triangle fire to Tweens it s an easy read, not too gory, and would be suitable for 10 12 or older 146 people died that day, but fire safety regulations were the result Horrible and unnecessary deaths, but at least they weren t in vain

  9. Rebecca Jane Brown Rebecca Jane Brown says:

    This book for me was hard to read in places Additionally, it was hard to rate.My school decided to give us four hours off between classes and I found myself wasting time in the library I picked this up by chance as I thought it small I was surprised to finish reading it so quickly.I came to it knowing nothing of the tragedy and thought it fiction at first By half way through, I d done a little research online and was aware.As a book, I didn t feel it was fantastic It feltlike reading This book for me was hard to read in places Additionally, it was hard to rate.My school decided to give us four hours off between classes and I found myself wasting time in the library I picked this up by chance as I thought it small I was surprised to finish reading it so quickly.I came to it knowing nothing of the tragedy and thought it fiction at first By half way through, I d done a little research online and was aware.As a book, I didn t feel it was fantastic It feltlike reading a child s diary It didn t have a huge story arch and the ending felt far too rushed At times, the phrasing was a little off and disjointed, but that might just be me It feltlike someone was reciting a story, rather than telling it.It provoked me into readingabout the fire after events so in that respect, I found the book to be somewhat educational.As a story, it was heartbreaking and terrifying at the same time I was grateful to learn that the majority of the main characters were fictional.It was strange for me to read near the end, I love NY and spent much time in WSP, to now learn of such a tragedy around the corner, has made it less happy now.Anyway, to summarise, it s not a bad book, but an odd book, one that I don t want to read again

  10. Nina Nina says:

    Escaping to Germany to escape the pogroms in Russia, Miriam and her family must work hard and save for years to get the whole family to America Two years after her father left the family to work in New York to send money home, Miriam must travel across the Atlantic by herself to meet him so that she too may work to pay for the rest of the family s passage Miriam quickly finds a job at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company and is elated that her family has finally found a home where they can make a f Escaping to Germany to escape the pogroms in Russia, Miriam and her family must work hard and save for years to get the whole family to America Two years after her father left the family to work in New York to send money home, Miriam must travel across the Atlantic by herself to meet him so that she too may work to pay for the rest of the family s passage Miriam quickly finds a job at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company and is elated that her family has finally found a home where they can make a future for themselves, no longer persecuted for being Jewish Her happiness is short lived, however, when the building she works at catches fire and Miriam s life is forever changed This historical fiction novel may serve well in Social Studies to accompany Brave Girl by Michelle Markel

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