By PEDRO LAHOZ WOLFE

Kids on Strike is a book about kids from the 19th century who had to work instead of going to school because a lot of kids didn’t have enough money to go to school.

kidsonstrikebook3It tells the story of children who stood up for their rights against powerful company owners. The book has lots of stories about real children’s struggles and strikes to get treated better by the people they worked for and to get enough money.

This book also has a lot of photographs and drawings of children working and striking. The reason why the kids went on strike was because they wanted to go to school and learn, as well as to work shorter hours and get paid more money.

Examples of jobs they did are: working at factories, selling newspapers and coal mining. Usually they had to work about 13 hours a day. Kids sometimes had to start working when they were only four or five years old.

Most of the strikes were on the east coast of the United States. You should read Kids on Strike to learn more about kids who had to work.

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Pedro Lahoz Wolfe, 7, lives in New York City.