Free ebook for grades 4 to 6. Simmie with Secrets, a historical mystery novel by award winning children's book author, Arlene Williams, set in Chicago in 1894.
Storyline: A young girl, Clare, lives in an alley shack in Chicago, sewing buttons and hems for Mr. Jones the sweat boss. Her mother has gone away. Clare doesn't know where she has gone or when she is coming back, but Clare is about to stumble upon a mystery that will change her life forever, and it all begins with a taffy tin full of secrets.
Subjects include child labor, sweatshops, poverty, and Jane Addams, founder of Hull House in Chicago's poorest 19th Ward and the first American woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. The theme of this book is looking for the best in yourself and others. A good book for character education and self-esteem.