The Hired Girl

The Hired Girl

by Laura Amy Schlitz

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Overview

The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz

Winner of the 2016 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction
A 2016 Association of Jewish Libraries Sydney Taylor Award Winner
Winner of the 2016 National Jewish Book Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature

Newbery Medalist Laura Amy Schlitz brings her delicious wit and keen eye to early twentieth-century America in a moving yet comedic tour de force.

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. Newbery Medalist Laura Amy Schlitz relates Joan’s journey from the muck of the chicken coop to the comforts of a society household in Baltimore (Electricity! Carpet sweepers! Sending out the laundry!), taking readers on an exploration of feminism and housework; religion and literature; love and loyalty; cats, hats, and bunions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763694500
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 12/26/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 152,384
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Laura Amy Schlitz is the author of the Newbery Medal–winning Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village, the Newbery Honor Book and New York Times bestseller Splendors and Glooms, and several other books for young readers. A teacher as well as a writer, Laura Amy Schlitz lives in Maryland.

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The Hired Girl 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thank You..for days of delightful, reading. Understanding how Joan felt throughout the book. This book should be read by everyone
BookladyBA More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I'm a great fan of historical fiction, especially when it is well written. I added this book to my TBR list because someone had mentioned it might be a contender for either the Newbery or the Printz awards. Unfortunately, it was snubbed by both committees. The book has received high ratings including a star review from SLJ and a favorable review from Kirkus. As an adult reader of books for children/teens I really enjoyed the book. Joan is a wonderful character: innocent with a thirst for knowledge and a strong desire to be a good person. I love all the characters except for her brutish father and clueless brothers. I also appreciated the tie in with Bronte's Jane Eyre. I found the story engaging and hard to put down. I was fortunate enough to snag an autographed copy at the Texas Book Festival this past October. It's a wonderful addition to my autographed book collection. Will I purchase this for my school library? Probably not. SLJ marks it for Grades 6 - 9 and I agree. I do have a few advanced readers here at school who enjoy historical fiction, that I think would enjoy the book. But overall, I think it's better suited for middle school and up.
YoungMensanBookParade More than 1 year ago
In the book, The Hired Girl, the reader learns of a young girl who wishes to escape her harsh father, after he bans her from schooling and her books. In order to escape his clutch, Joan leaves and finds herself in Baltimore. With no family and no place to work, she finds herself taken in by the Rosenbachs. The Rosenbachs give her a chance, to what turns out to be a great new beginning and challenge for the willing child. Along the way, Joan grows strong relationships with the family members, and even falls in love with one! This book would be great for readers that love historical fiction, and enjoy feeling like they are involved in the story! My favorite part was when Joan and David visit the opera together, because it showed Joan's love for art and knowledge and how she was truly fascinated and caring. I would definitely recommend this book to readers that are looking for a great read! Review by Grace P. Age 13, Mensa 76
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the story and felt very caught up in the lifes. It was actually educational as well as inspiring.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was reasonably entertaining but certainly not very sophisticated. I think younger readers would enjoy it. There were glimpses of above par writing and some of it touched upon real hard life issues but it was mostly a fluffy romantic novel and not really my cup of tea. If Im going to read fiction and a romance need much more believable content with more substance for the majority of the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
1911 - Pennsylvania Joan Skaggs is just 14-years-old and her father has informed her that she will not be allowed to attend school anymore and, thus, she will not be able to see her beloved teacher, Miss Chandler, from whom she has learned so much. Joan’s mother has passed away from consumption and hard work. Her mother was a very strict Catholic and married a man who was not. He does not believe in religion and Joan’s three brothers all follow her father. But Joan loves the Catholic faith and looks forward to being confirmed one day. Her day is full of cooking, cleaning, washing, ironing, gardening, and many other chores. Her mother was allowed to keep the egg money, but her father refuses to give her a penny for her hard work. He has always been a mean man and when he burns the few books that were treasures she had received from Miss Chandler, she is livid. By chance, she finds some money that her mother had hidden away for her and she makes up her mind to leave home and seek a job for which she will be paid, save her money and hopefully be able to attend school again. By serendipitous luck, she finds a position in the home of a wealthy Jewish family. Joan never cared for her name so she tells the family that her name is Janet Lovelace and that she s 18-years-old. Janet sounds like such a pretty name and she wants to appear older. She is pleased with her little bedroom in the attic and strives diligently to work hard. Her biggest problem is understanding how things are done in a kosher Jewish household with different sets of dishes to be washed in different sinks. She old housekeeper whom Joan assists is a grumpy woman who never seems to be pleased with whatever Joan does. The father of the family, Mr. Rosenbach, owns and runs a department store and the home has a wonderful library which amazes Joan. Mrs. Rosenbach is very strict with Joan, but the two older brothers and a younger sister are kind. She is allowed to borrow a book from the library to read which thrills Joan. Mr. Rosenbach realizes that she is a very intelligent young woman who has been introduced to good reading material by her teacher, Miss Chandler. So, he challenges her by suggesting she read various books. Mr. Rosenbach hopes to build a school someday to allow less fortunate children to become educated. Joan’s time with the Rosenbach family is filled with different types of adventures. Her own faith in the Catholic church versus the Jewish religion causes some friction at times but things get sorted out. In addition, her relationship with each of the family members has its ups and downs but everyone learns a lot. This is a novel that tells a wonderful story of the time period, the differences between the classes, new household inventions and a young girl who finds herself in a wonderful new world and adventure. I loved this book and hope readers will enjoy it as much as I did.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
I just finished The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schiltz. It is a children’s book that is written in the style of a journal/diary. Joan Skraggs is fourteen years old in 1911. She lives on Steeple Hill Farm with her father and three brothers. Her mother passed away about four years previously. Joan’s father has decided that she cannot continue with school (and that she does not need it to keep house). As a going away gift her teacher, Miss Chandler gives her a blank book to write in. Joan is actually quite intelligent and learns quickly (but she is very naïve in the ways of the world). Joan’s father does not allow her any money, not even the egg money. Joan decides to go on strike. Her father retaliates by burning her three books (classics she received from Miss Chandler). Joan has decided she cannot take it on the farm any longer and plans to run away. Her mother had given her a doll (named Belinda) with money sewn into her apron. Joan’s mother told her it was for an emergency (I think she knew that Joan would need to get away at some point). Joan escapes and heads to Baltimore. After a scary incident, Joan is rescued by Solomon Rosenbach. Solomon takes Joan home to his parents’ house. Joan tells Mrs. Rosenbach that she is eighteen and her name is Janet Lovelace. She is hired as a maid to assist their elderly housekeeper, Malka (very set in her ways). The Rosenbach’s are Jewish and Joan has to learn about Orthodox Jews (two sinks, two refrigerators, two sets of dishes, etc.). Joan proceeds to write about her new life in the Rosenbach household. Learning about fashion (from the Rosenbach’s youngest daughter, handling money, seeing the opera, access to the families library (she loves to read), being careful with candles (she sets her hair on fire), and about religion. Joan was raised by a Catholic mother and she wishes to be baptized into the church. Joan is young (emotionally immature) and naïve so she is going to make mistakes. Joan’s ultimate goal is to be a schoolteacher. Will she be able to achieve her goal? I found The Hired Girl to be an interesting book. The writer did a very good job writing it as though a fourteen year old girl was actually writing about her life. It is very easy to read and there are many laughs in the book. I think young girls (between nine and thirteen) will enjoy reading The Hired Girl. It provides a glimpse into the life of a maid in a Jewish household in 1911. I give The Hired Girl 4 out of 5 stars. I received a complimentary copy of The Hired Girl from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The review and opinions expressed are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutly loved this book. I think it is such a sweet story