The Hired Girl

The Hired Girl

The Hired Girl is by Laura Amy Schlitz. This is a good book if you need a Historical Fiction novel for your reading tracker. The Hired Girl won a Newbery, a Scott O’ Dell for Historical Fiction, a Sydney Taylor Book Award, and a National Jewish Book Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature. The Hired Girl is about a girl named Joan Skraggs in the 1900s who is looking for work. She loves to read and works all day on a farm with her very mean and strict father. One day she runs away and begins work in a nice Jewish household as a hired girl. Unfortunately, working in a Jewish household requires lots of rules, but she gets paid six dollars a week (which was a lot back then)! She writes in her diary every day and hides it in her room. Join Joan as she disguises her name her age and where she comes from in The Hired Girl!