I found a book, and an author this week.
1. Uprising by Margaret Peterson Haddix. Here's a blurb:
This deftly crafted historical novel unfolds dramatically with an absorbing story and well-drawn characters who readily evoke empathy and compassion. Haddix has masterfully melded in-depth information about the history of immigration, the struggle for women's rights, the beginnings of the organized labor movement, and the horrific Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in 1911 within a narrative that will simultaneously engross and educate its readers.—School Library Journal
2. Martin Edwards. He writes British mystery books, which sound terrific, and also keeps a great blog.