When Molly was a Harvey Girl: A Novel of the Old West

When Molly was a Harvey Girl: A Novel of the Old West

by Frances M. Wood
     
 

When Molly's father dies, it's up to her nineteen-year-old sister Colleen to keep a roof over their heads. Unfortunately, there's not much money left, and ever fewer options. She dresses thirteen-year-old Molly - luckily, Molly's tall - in women's clothing (even a corset!) and applies for jobs for both of them at the Harvey Eating Houses, which feed the popular

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When Molly's father dies, it's up to her nineteen-year-old sister Colleen to keep a roof over their heads. Unfortunately, there's not much money left, and ever fewer options. She dresses thirteen-year-old Molly - luckily, Molly's tall - in women's clothing (even a corset!) and applies for jobs for both of them at the Harvey Eating Houses, which feed the popular Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad. To Molly's dismay, the plan works! She finds herself far away from her friends and her almost-sweetheart back home, smack dab in the heart of the Wild West. But Molly has a plan....

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In a fictional account based on the experiences of her great-grandmother, Wood offers a vivid portrayal of life as a Harvey Girl in New Mexico in the 1890s. After their father dies, 13-year-old Molly's older sister Colleen signs the pair of them up to work as Harvey Girls. These young women were hired as waitresses to bring gentility and sophistication to the high-end restaurants entrepreneur Fred Harvey created to serve passengers along the Santa Fe Railroad before the introduction of dining cars. Required to be at least 18, Molly reluctantly lies about her age and takes on the role of an adult, then struggles to cope with the angst-ridden life of the girls in the dormitory. She befriends the cranky chef and his two Mexican-American helpers, offending many who think she should not interact with those "beneath her." While this effort never fully captures the grit-between-your-teeth reality of a frontier town, entertaining characters and a fast-paced plot will keep readers engaged. The gentle presentation of multiculturalism is an added feature. (historical note, bibliography) (Historical fiction. 10 & up)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781935279518
Publisher:
EDC Publishing
Publication date:
06/01/2010
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
680L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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