Coming of Age Story: The Hired Girl

3 Sep

A beautifully written coming of age story by the ever talented Laura Amy Schlitz, with the plucky and determined Joan/Janet determined to educate herself. As we peer into her diary which she aspires to “write in it with truth and refinement,” we experience her struggles as the sole female in her family after her mother’s death, overworked and unappreciated by her father and brothers. Her escape to Baltimore and her experiences with the Jewish family that hires her gently raise important issues about identity, faith, confidence and perseverance. I enjoyed every minute of the book, loved the historical details (1911) and thought this was a fantastic YA alternative to the more typical dystopian action adventure or magical powers stories that populate the shelves. A gem for not only younger readers but everyone. Big thumbs up!
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