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"The nonfiction aspects of the subject and the era are subtly interwoven into Clara's own adventure; readers may not realize they're getting a history lesson as well as an exciting tale. . . . Readers will follow with much interest Clara's experience as a young country girl out on her own, trying to learn the many details and rules of her new job. . . . Although this fast-paced novel is well suited for its intended age group, adults will enjoy it as well. Foard supplements the story with a section on the real Harvey Girls history. In Kansas City, a Mrs. Steel hires the protagonist, saying: 'I like your spunk, Clara.' Readers will agree."—Foreword Magazine"The 21st century ceases to exist once the reader opens the pages of this young adult novel. The author deftly recreates life on a poor farm, the trepidation of your first interview, and the excitement of starting your first job. Clara matures and grows, although at times her old self intrudes, just as in real life. . . . Seamlessly interweaves history with fiction. Photographs depicting Harvey Houses and their staff, and information about the real Harvey Girls, are icing on the cake."—Historical Novels ReviewWanted: Young women, 18 to 30 years of age, of good moral character, attractive and intelligent, as waitresses in the Harvey Eating Houses on the Santa Fe Railroad in the West. Good wages with room and meals furnished. Liberal tips customary. Experience not necessary.Harvey Girls served gourmet meals to passengers of the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway. During the late 1800s and the first half of the 1900s, Harvey Houses were a familiar sight to train travelers in the American West. There were one hundred Harvey Houses and about a hundred thousand Harvey Girls over the years. In a time when there were limited career choices for women, becoming a Harvey Girl offered rare independence for young ladies.In 1919 one such Harvey Girl is feisty Clara Fern Massie, an Ozark farm girl who runs away from home on her fourteenth birthday after standing up to her harsh father. Heading west and taking a job as a waitress—a Harvey Girl—the underage Clara struggles to learn the demanding “Harvey Way” and shed her farm-girl image to become a confident, independent woman.

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Heading west and taking a job as a waitress—a Harvey Girl—underage Clara struggles to learn the demanding “Harvey Way” and shed her farm-girl image to become a confident, independent woman.

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A seamless interweaving of history and fiction for young readers

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During the late 1800s and the first half of the 1900, Harvey Houses were a familiar sight to train travelers in the American West. Harvey Girls served gourmet meals to passengers of the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway (there were one hundred Harvey Houses and about a hundred thousand Harvey Girls over the years!). In a time when career choices for women were limited, becoming a Harvey Girl off ered rare independence for young ladies.

In 1919 one such aspirant is fourteen-year-old Clara Fern Massie, who runs away from home in the Ozarks after standing up to her harsh father. Heading west and taking a job as a waitress—a Harvey Girl—the underage Clara struggles to learn the demanding “Harvey Way” and shed her farm-girl image. Readers of all ages will cheer Clara on in her adventures and trials, from Missouri to the Grand Canyon, as she grows to become a confident, independent woman.

About the Author

Sheila Wood Foard devoted years to researching and writing about the Harvey Girls. As a docent at a Harvey House in New Mexico, she interviewed former Harvey Girls to get their stories firsthand. A former English and journalism teacher, Foard is a writing instructor for the Institute of Children’s Literature and the author of the teen biography Diego Rivera. Her stories, articles, and poems have appeared in numerous children’s magazine. She lives in Missouri.

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LindaHerman, September 1, 2007 (view all comments by LindaHerman)
History comes alive in this coming-of-age novel that shows the story of Fred Harvey's famous waitresses through the eyes of an Ozark farm girl. Travel with Clara Fern Massie and experience a time when women are fighting for the right to vote and most 14-year-old girls don't have careers away from home. Well-researched and well-written, Harvey Girl and its delicious details will entertain adults and its intended middle-grade audience. History buffs will enjoy the photographs and nonfiction information at the end of the novel. Teachers will appreciate the in-depth study guide, featuring activities and discussion questions, available at the web site of Texas Tech University Press. Harvey Girl is an absorbing journey into the past.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780896725706
Author:
Foard, Sheila Wood
Publisher:
Texas Tech University Press
Manufactured:
Texas Tech University
Subject:
History
Subject:
Historical - United States - 19th Century
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - Historical
Subject:
Runaways
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction-U.S. 19th Century
Subject:
Historical - United States - 20th Century
Edition Description:
1
Publication Date:
20130431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 7 up to 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.4 in 0.5 lb
Age Level:
08-12

Related Subjects

Children's » Action and Adventure » Adventure Stories
Children's » Historical Fiction » United States » 19th Century
Young Adult » Fiction » Social Issues » Runaways
Young Adult » Fiction » Social Issues » Self-Esteem and Self-Reliance

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Heading west and taking a job as a waitress—a Harvey Girl—underage Clara struggles to learn the demanding “Harvey Way” and shed her farm-girl image to become a confident, independent woman.
"Synopsis" by ,
A seamless interweaving of history and fiction for young readers
"Synopsis" by ,
During the late 1800s and the first half of the 1900, Harvey Houses were a familiar sight to train travelers in the American West. Harvey Girls served gourmet meals to passengers of the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway (there were one hundred Harvey Houses and about a hundred thousand Harvey Girls over the years!). In a time when career choices for women were limited, becoming a Harvey Girl off ered rare independence for young ladies.

In 1919 one such aspirant is fourteen-year-old Clara Fern Massie, who runs away from home in the Ozarks after standing up to her harsh father. Heading west and taking a job as a waitress—a Harvey Girl—the underage Clara struggles to learn the demanding “Harvey Way” and shed her farm-girl image. Readers of all ages will cheer Clara on in her adventures and trials, from Missouri to the Grand Canyon, as she grows to become a confident, independent woman.

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