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Mill Girl: The Diary of Eliza Helstead, Manchester 1842 - 1843 (My Story) [Paperback]

Sue Reid
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21 Jun 2002
Saturday 21st May 1842 Something terrible has happened. I can scarcely bring myself to write the words. I AM TO START AT THE MILL ON MONDAY. "You said never," I cried to Mother. Her face was white. "Oh Eliza," she said. "I'm so sorry. If there was anything I could have done..." "Where am I to work?" I demanded. The room was so quiet that I could hear myself breathe. "In the carding room. Sickness. They need more hands." I wasn't Eliza any more, just a pair of hands. Factory hands.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic (21 Jun 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439981182
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439981187
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 12.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 788,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
This is a fab read!
I picked this book when I started tracing my family history and wanted to learn about what life would have been like for a child in the mill industry at that time.
Incredible the way it is written and a nice quick read that you won't want to put it down!
For children it will give them a slice of history in a way that makes it easily understandible for them. Both my parents have also read the book and thoroughly enjoyed it!
when you have read this you will want to read the series. There is a series for girls and also a boys series.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great book 15 Feb 2003
'Mill girl'is a great book and I really enjoyed reading it.It's filled with interesting facts. The auther makes you feel like you're really there. The book is about a girl who is so poor she has to work at the mill instead of going to school.You feel really sorry for her but it's a happy ending. If you read this book you won't be disappointed.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars review from an eight year old 9 July 2008
Mill Girl is a brilliant book for all ages as i am only eight years old. i am not into history at all but the mill girl made it really exciting and i cant wait to read Titanic and The Hunger. Read it now!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 14 Feb 2009
A Kid's Review
eliza helsted is shocked when she has too work at manchester cotton mill, were it is suffocating and dangerous, in her diary she vivadly describes the horrors of mills, the unjustice, the cruelty and the danger.

I really liked this book, I felt really bad for Eliza, because she had to leave school to work at the mill, but I liked when she moved to the country, It really shows the differance of the city and the country and how they treated people.

I enjoyed this book immencly and would reccomend it to anyone (anyone around 10), it finished on a happy note, which was good, and it was historically accurate.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Support text for teaching 'Victorians - year 6 22 Sep 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A bit weak and ends abruptly. I wasn't engaged by the story-line and doubt that my class would be either. Intend to use excerpts for Guided Reading.
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