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The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz

The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz

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The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz is a 387-page hardcover published in 2015 by Candlewick Press.

Book Summary

14-year-old Joan Skraggs,  just like the heroines in her beloved novels, yearns for real life and true love. But what hope is there for adventure, beauty, or art on a hardscrabble farm in Pennsylvania where the work never ends? over the summer of 1911, Joan pours her heart out into her diary as she seeks a new, better life for herself because maybe, just maybe, a hired girl cleaning and cooking for $6 a week can become what a farm girl could only dream of--a woman with a future.

Inspired by her grandmother's journal, Newberry Medalist Laurie Amy Schlitz brings her sharp wit and keen eye to early 20th century America in a comedic tour-de-force destined to become a modern classic. Joan's journey from the muck of the chicken coop to the comforts of a society household (electricity! carpet sweepers! sending out the laundry!) takes its reader on an exploration of feminism and housework, religion and literature, love and loyalty, cats, hats, bunions, and burns.

ISBN:  978-0-7636-7818-0

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