The Hired Girl

The Hired Girl

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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.
Publisher: Somerville, MA : Candlewick Press, [2015]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780763678180
076367818X
Branch Call Number: YA SCHLITZ
Characteristics: 387 pages ; 23 cm

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brangwinn
Oct 24, 2017

A great children’s book about a 14-year-old Catholic girl who runs away from her dictatorial father and brothers and becomes a servant in the home of a Jewish family. Joan has a mind of her own and speaking her mind often gets her into trouble. She’s in love with one of the Jewish sons and friends with her master’s daughter. But most often her problem is her religion and how she wants to convert the Jewish family. Luckily, the father is quite wise and articulate, helping Joan to understand that there are different belief systems and they all have value.

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Sierrachick07
Aug 08, 2017

I liked this book. I felt like the story was interesting and I liked getting another view of the time period. However, it maybe viewed as kind of boring and definitely wasn't a page turner.

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Ralphiesp
Jun 03, 2016

I love this book! It took me 6 weeks to read, its long but It is a charming, sweet but heart wrenching book about a young, free spirited 14 year old girl, Joan Skraggs growing up in 1911 who is on the run from her sadistic father who works her and she finally has enough and escapes to start her new life where she works as a hired girl in a Jewish family’s estate. The book is narrated by Joan which is written in the form a diary and it tells a day by day account of her life and her thoughts and feelings of the people around her. (And Mimi is the most annoying little spoiled girl ever)

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NashJas
May 19, 2016

It is an amazing book! The writing is so descriptive and very nice. The story is heartwarming and will bring tears to your eyes! I suggest reading it. Even younger people can read it depending on their reading level; it's highly recommended.

multcolib_susannel Apr 16, 2016

1911. Alone in the big city of Baltimore. Fourteen-year old Joan is approached by a tall handsome man who offers help.
Can she trust him?

JCLJaneM Feb 26, 2016

The quality of writing is well above what I usually see in young adult novels. It has a well-researched historical upstairs/downstairs story. I loved that the protagonist is a book lover and one of her favorite books is Jane Eyre. I felt a bond right from the start. Some sticky wickets develop having a Catholic girl working/living in a Jewish household.

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bibliokrisp
Jan 15, 2016

For readers 12 and older, especially those who loved Anne of Green Gables, Little Women and Jane Eyre. Joan is 14 and has a tough life. She takes care of home and garden and animals on her family farm, and cooks and cleans for her 3 older brothers and her father. Her mother died of a poor heart/exhaustion when Joan was 10. Joan is romantic, intelligent, and loves to read and learn. Unfortunately, her father does not share her interests and has no sympathy for Joan's interests. Things come to a head and Joan runs away to Baltimore, posing as an older girl and is hired by a wealthy Jewish family.

A summary of this book really doesn't do it justice--it's the self-deprecating, emotional, lively voice of Joan that makes it special and 1 to remember. Many readers will take Joan into their hearts and root for her as she finds her way in her religion, with her friends, and learns to dream for the future.

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newmoongirl
Jan 08, 2016

This book is cataloged as a teen book but after reading it I would heartily recommend it for readers of all ages. It opened up my eyes to how far women have come since the early 20th century, and made me grateful for all those who fought like Joan in the story to stand up and be recognized and respected. A wonderful read!

samdog123 Jan 04, 2016

Just an excellent historical book from the award winning author of 'Splendors and Gloom.' Joan Skraggs runs away from her dreadful life of drudgery on the family farm. She changes her name and takes the train to Baltimore to start a new life as a 'hired girl.' Down on her luck, she meets the Rosenbach family where she learns many lessons about loyalty, love and life goals. Told in diary format, I really enjoyed this book! Although it is long, it flows really well. A treat to read!

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maroon_chicken
Dec 05, 2015

This book is the diary of a girl (Joan) who flees her life on a farm and goes to live with a Jewish family in baltimore. I had trouble enjoying it, because her emotions seem to flip flop between the positive ("I wish Mr. Rosenbach was my father!") and the theatrically negative. ("I'm sure I'm the unluckiest girl who ever lived!")

The second half of this book is filled with a melodramatic romance for a guy she barely even met, which made the story drag on and on. The ending was pretty good, and made up for the middle, and while I found the 1911 perspectives on religion interesting, I did not enjoy the bulk of this book. This book is much worse than her other book, Splendors and Glooms. I do not recommend it.

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Ralphiesp
May 16, 2016

"i would expect Malka to be unreasonable because she generally is but i never dreamed she could be so callous especially when i consider how much she loves Thomashefsky. "

"Mr Rosenbach has 10 000 dollars" i think those quakers have a lot of gall asking for that. imagine having 10 000 dollars to give away he dint have to give it to the quakers!"

"Mirecle Rosenbach was no beauty...... She was small and nimble , but she had freckles and her features werent regular......the lower part of her face came forward in a way that reminded me of a monkey"

"And becasue that was the cheapest thing on the menu and hen i thought id ordered buttered toast only 15 cents....but then i threw caution to the wind and ordered everything i wanted."

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