The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz is a 387-page hardcover published in 2015 by Candlewick Press.
14-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 $6 a week can become what a farm girl could only dream of--a woman with a future.
Inspired by her grandmother's journal, Newberry Medalist Laurie Amy Schlitz brings her sharp wit and keen eye to early 20th century America in a comedic tour-de-force destined to become a modern classic. Joan's journey from the muck of the chicken coop to the comforts of a society household (electricity! carpet sweepers! sending out the laundry!) takes its reader on an exploration of feminism and housework, religion and literature, love and loyalty, cats, hats, bunions, and burns.