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The Hired Girl

von Laura Amy Schlitz

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Fourteen-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 six dollars a week can become what a farm girl could only dream of--a woman with a future.… (mehr)
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    Mein Sommerschloß. von Dodie Smith (charl08)
    charl08: Both feature strong teenage characters dealing with first romance, family and growing up.
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fourteen-year-old Joan leaves behind the farm and her family in search of a better life. Hired as a cleaning girl in the household of a wealthy family, Joan’s adventures are told with charm, humor, honesty, and a guarded sense of optimism. Her story, written in the form of diary entries, is beautifully told and well researched.
  NCSS | Jul 23, 2021 |
The year is 1911. Joan Skraggs (aka Janet Lovelace) is a 14 year old Pennsylvania farm girl who toils for her family without love or thanks, following the death of her beloved mother. In today's world, her father might be termed verbally and emotionally abusive as welling as unloving. Joan is forced to drop out of school to tend house on the farm. When she asks her father for the "egg money" from tending the chickens, he responds by burning the only three books she owns. Plucky Joan takes her few worldly possessions, including money her mother saved for her, and escapes to Baltimore, where she is rescued from a park bench by a young Jewish man. He takes her home and she is hired by the wealthy family to help their aging housekeeper, after telling them she is 18 and inventing an alias for herself.

As a devout Catholic, Janet is learning for the first time about Judaism through the close-knit, loving family she works for. She makes some blunders, including attempting to convert a grandchild, and falling in love with the one of the sons, a charming artist, and imagining them running away together. She befriends the clever daughter, who is in reality only two years younger than she is. The father in the family allows her to read his books, and engages in discussions with her. Through her diary entries, we follow her through a season in her young life and watch her grow up.

I loved that the language she used was in keeping with the times, and her love of Jane Eyre. Sometimes young adult historical fiction aims to appeal to teens by speaking in their language instead of the language of the time period in which the story is set. The period details in this historical novel really bring it to life as well. I didn't want this story to end. Though it is written for middle school and up, I was thoroughly engaged by it. ( )
  fromthecomfychair | Nov 12, 2020 |
I really enjoyed reading about Joan/Janet and her adventures in early 20th century Baltimore. Joan is an ambitious and thoughtful girl who is a hot mess - in a completely charming way. She is naive but always well-intentioned and I rooted for her from start to finish.

Also I love Yiddish. ( )
  klnbennett | Oct 7, 2020 |
I really enjoyed this one. The story is told through entries in the bright young heroine's diary. Joan is smart, but young and gets herself into awkward situations as she works as a hired girl in a wealthy Jewish home in 1911 Baltimore. Joan is Catholic by birth, and is learning about her faith, and learning about the faith of the family she works for (as it infuses the day to day routines of the home). The family she works for recognizes she is bright and encourages her reading. Even though religion is a backdrop to the story, this is not a religious book. The comparisons to Ann Shirley in the other reviews are correct: This is Ann Shirley cleans house and widens her horizons. ( )
  wills2003 | Jul 30, 2020 |
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Fourteen-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 six dollars a week can become what a farm girl could only dream of--a woman with a future.

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