A top selected or recommended title by the Kansas State Reading Circle Commission.
Author: Laura Amy SCHLITZ
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Year Reviewed:: 2016
Review: In the first-person format of a diary, Joan describes her avoidance of a cruel father while dreaming of a better life away from the family's hardscrabble farm in 1911. Hopefully running away won't ruin things. Hopefully hiring out to a wealthy family in Baltimore will open opportunities -- if she can get past swooning over their sons, making mistakes with unfamiliar or everyday household conveniences, meddling, eavesdropping, and figuring out the expectations of the Rosenbachs and their old housekeeper.