Harvey Girl

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Texas Tech University Press, 2006 - Juvenile Fiction - 152 pages
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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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User Review  - alco261 - LibraryThing

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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User Review  - mojomomma - LibraryThing

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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Contents

Gettin Above Your Raisin
3
Treed Like a Critter
10
No Place Else to Run
15
A Ticket to Travel
22
Out of the Ozarks
28
No More Blinky Milk
35
Looking Eighteen
41
Pretty Waiter Girls
48
Under Suspicion
89
Catching a Sneak Thief
97
The Well Country
105
Caught in a Lie
111
A Prodigal Daughter?
118
At Rails End
126
Trails to Tomorrow
133
About the Real Harvey Girls
139

No Experience Necessary
54
Go West Young Woman
60
Green as the Hills
66
OntheJob Training
73
Butter Knives and Carrots Vichy
78
A Fork in the Road
82
Be a Waitress See the West
141
A Note from Sheila Wood Foard
143
Historical Photographs
147
For Further Reading
153
About the Author
155
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About the author (2006)

Sheila Wood Foard devoted years to researching and writing about the Harvey Girls. As a docent at a Harvey House in New Mexico, she interviewed former Harvey Girls to get their stories firsthand. A former English and journalism teacher, Foard is a writing instructor for the Institute of Children's Literature and the author of the teen biography Diego Rivera. Her stories, articles, and poems have appeared in numerous children's magazine. She lives in Missouri.

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