Friday, October 2, 2015

The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz

This is being touted as the next Newbery winner, eh, I am not convinced.  I loved the premise, I loved the writing, I loved the beginning and the's that all important middle that lost me.  I felt it got to be very tedious and I found myself speed reading through many parts.  I will be curious to see who actually takes home the Newbery come November, I am holding out for stronger contenders.

Book Description via Amazon

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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