Julie Baker

Books and Reviews

    STRIKE OF 1912
    Morgan Reynolds Publishing (2007)
    Gr. 6-12
ISBN-10:  59935-044-0

  Outstanding Work of Children's Literature
  New Hampshire Writers' Project 2007

In 1912, the state of American labor was challenged by workers in the city of Lawrence, Massachusetts.  Conditions in the textile mills had been unbearable for years, but it was a new law costing the laborers two hours of their weekly pay that led to an explosion of the tensions that had been simmering between the workers and the factory owners since the start of the Industrial Revolution.  Soon, the nation's most prominent labor leaders were coming to Lawrence, and thousands of immigrant workers were united in an unprecedented effort to demand justice.  But before the battle ended, the city of Lawrence was nearly torn apart, lives were lost, and the events taking place on the streets of the factory town reverberated all the way to the halls of the United States Congress.

The Bread and Roses Strike of 1912 details the events leading up to, during, and following the strike, and illustrates the personalities of the people who turned what started out as a labor strike into one of the defining moments of American history.

"This important book gives a clear picture of early industrial poverty.  Baker's style is readable, and the well-chosen, well-reproduced photos make the subject all the more real.  This title should be on the shelves of any library whose patrons study this time period, the importance of organized labor, or the plight of America's working poor."
--School Library Journal, July 2007

"With clear, dramatic narrative and lots of stirring photos, this introduction to the largest, most violent textile labor strike in American history brings close the struggle of ordinary workers...for excellent cross-curricular discussions about workers' rights, and historical laborers' protests from a child's viewpoint."
--Booklist, May 2007

    DISASTER OF 1871
    Morgan Reynolds Publishing (2007)
    Gr. 6-12
    ISBN-10: 59935-043-2

In 1871, thirty-two of the finest and most respected whaleship commanders in the world sailed to the cold northern waters of Point Belcher, Alaska, to chase down whales.  The journey was expected to be profitable and uneventful.  But instead of a quiet ending to another Arctic whaling season, the entire fleet--all thirty-two vessels--became imprisoned in the deadly waters of the north, trapped in huge sheets of hull-crushing ice.  More than 1,200 men, women, and children suddenly confronted a nine-month-long winter with only three months of provisions and fuel, and insufficient winter clothing.  Trapped and faced with the possibility of an icy death, the commanders decided to do something that went against all tradition:  they agreed to abandon their ships.

The Great Whaleship Disaster of 1871 is an amazing tale of survival at sea.  Readers will discover how luck, courage, and the universal willingness of sailors to help each other intertwine in this fascinating story from nineteenth-century America.

"This is a wonderful story well told, a reminder that our best history is of so-called ordinary people thrust into extra-ordinary events."
--Ken Burns, July 2008 

Gibbs Smith, Publisher (2009)
Gr. 4-5
ISBN: 978-1-4236-0019-0

This textbook, designed to meet the curriculum needs of New Hampshire's 4th grade classrooms, explores the state's geography, history, culture, economy, and government.  Each page features easy-to-read text and fantastic illustrations.