During the late 1800s and the first half of the 1900, Harvey Houses were a familiar sight to train travelers in the American West. Harvey Girls served gourmet meals to passengers of the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway (there were one hundred Harvey Houses and about a hundred thousand Harvey Girls over the years!). In a time when career choices for women were limited, becoming a Harvey Girl off ered rare independence for young ladies.
In 1919 one such aspirant is fourteen-year-old Clara Fern Massie, who runs away from home in the Ozarks after standing up to her harsh father. Heading west and taking a job as a waitress—a Harvey Girl—the underage Clara struggles to learn the demanding “Harvey Way” and shed her farm-girl image. Readers of all ages will cheer Clara on in her adventures and trials, from Missouri to the Grand Canyon, as she grows to become a confident, independent woman.
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Harvey Girl tells the story of Clara Fern Massie, a fourteen year old farm girl from rural Missouri. Her family life is hardscrabble and she and her father have reached the point in their relationship ... Read full review
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The fictionalized account of a 14-year-old Ozark girl who runs away from her abusive father to become a Harvey Girl like her older cousin. Despite being under-age by four years, Clara passes herself off as an 18-year old and gets to experience some rare independence and the finer things in life. Read full review
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