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Hired Girl, The

A top selected or recommended title by the Kansas State Reading Circle Commission.
Author: Laura Amy  SCHLITZ
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Subject/Category:  9-12
Year Reviewed:: 2016
ISBN: 9780763678180
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.

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