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Monday, February 8, 2016

An YA Historical Fiction

The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz

The Hired Girl

By: Laura Amy Schlitz

Genre: Young adult fiction

Pages: 400

Published: 2015

Read: February

5 out of 5

In the year 1911, a 14 year old girl runs away after her mother dies because her father treats her like a servant. He won't give her a dime for her labor, allow her to go to school, or to own books. Joan, later known as 18 year old Janet, doesn't mind the work, but desires respect. Janet writes in her diary by candlelight after the long days’ work is complete. Her diary is similar to any teen girls in that she shares her hatred and love, however she includes her daily struggles as a servant and young girl without a mother to talk to. The entries are written with historical accuracy and language.  You will become engaged and sympathize with Joan by the end of her story.

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