The Hired Girl
The Hired Girl

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Annotation: Over the summer of 1911, Joan--a Pennsylvania farm girl working as hired help for six dollars a week--keeps a diary in which she pours out her dreams of becoming a woman with a future.
Catalog Number: #109502
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Copyright Date: 2015
Edition Date: 2015
Pages: 387 p.
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-7636-7818-X Perma-Bound: 0-605-90727-7
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-7636-7818-0 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-90727-0
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2014955411
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
Reviewing Agencies:
Starred Review ALA Booklist (Wed Jul 01 00:00:00 CDT 2015)
School Library Journal Starred Review (Sat Aug 01 00:00:00 CDT 2015)
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
National Council For Social Studies Notable Children's Trade
Voice of Youth Advocates
Wilson's Children's Catalog
Wilson's High School Catalog
Wilson's Junior High Catalog
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Word Count: 115,564
Reading Level: 5.7
Interest Level: 7-12
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.7 / points: 18.0 / quiz: 176200 / grade: Middle Grades+
Reading Counts!: reading level:3.6 / points:2.0 / quiz:Q42775
Lexile: 810L
Guided Reading Level: Z
Fountas & Pinnell: Z

Discussion Guide: Hired Girl Discussion Guide

Discussion Guide: Hired Girl Discussion Guide

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.


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