Synopses & Reviews
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."