Tuesday, December 29, 2015
The Hired Girl
Joann's mother gave her a dream for her future: to go to school. However, when her mother dies, and she and her brothers are left to work for their father on the farm, it doesn't seem like Jo's dreams will ever be realized.
Joann can't quite make herself give up on her dreams, and when her father burns her books one day, that's pretty much all it takes for her to run away and start her life over.
As a maid in a wealthy Jewish family, Joann is seeing a part of the world and a way of life entirely new to her. Her remarks and thoughts are entertaining and innocent as she learns more about the Jewish culture and society's feelings and attitudes toward this group of people.
And, Joann is very lucky to be taken in by this family. She still dreams of being more than just a hired girl, and her family is aware of these desires and able to help her achieve them.
The Hired Girl is long....I talked about this with other children's librarian friends ...and that alone may be somewhat overwhelming for the audience it is intended for. However, it is a fantastic historical fiction novel that gives a realistic glimpse into life in the early twentieth century and I am hoping that if tween readers give this book a chance, it will be as well loved by them as it is by me.