Intense, dramatic descriptions bring out the hardships of sweatshop life in the early 1930s… A realistic look at a hard-fought fight.
... a well-paced dramatic story.
CM: Canadian Review of Materials
Rose and Sophie are powerful characters who grow up through the suffering they endure… Excellent dialogue demonstrates character… and allows emotion to boil to the surface as strikers confront scabs.
Jewish Book Council
Historical events and characters are woven in among the fictional characters providing a context for the events that unfold. The story is fraught with difficult decisions that no young person should have to make, but it provides interesting historical insights for the youth of today.
Organizations like ETFO [Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario] know that teaching young people about historic union experiences can not only help bolster our appreciation of our struggles, but also can connect us with the struggles of all workers today. 44 Hours or Strike! is a first step in making that connection.
Canadian Teacher Magazine
Dublin has undertaken a good deal of research, including archival investigations, to bring the period and its issues to life.... The twenty-two page teacher’s resource guide, which is available online... provides a wealth of ways students can engage with this excellent piece of historical fiction.