Mill Girl: A Victorian Girl's Diary 1842 - 1843 (My Story) Paperback – 5 May 2008
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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.
Eliza's father works in the mill, and her brother used to work there as well before suffering a fatal accident which broke her mother's heart and made her vow to never allow any of her children to work there ever again. This is such a huge relief to poor Eliza, who hates the idea of ever having to work there. However, this isn't meant to be a happy story, and soon, when things get really bad that the parents have no choice but to send their daughter in to work at the mill, Eliza is shocked and devastated and cannot believe the conditions she's expected to work in. Working at the mill is dangerous and unhealthy, even the water is contaminated, not to mention that they are paid a pittance for the long hours spent working.
However, the people soon have enough and thus begins a time of rioting and strikes for better pay and better conditions. Eliza transports us back into these times and the struggle people faced of earning a decent living, while giving us a glimpse of the Luddites and their fight.
Well written book, very enlightening and inspiring.
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.
This is not one of the better My Story books but it does open your eyes and not badly written.
This book is really well written you feel like you are living in the time with all the ups and down of the working day.
A great inside to life for a mill girl and also how the family cope in this period of time,and the struggles to free yourself from this type of work.
I loved the book
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Interesting, easy to read account of Eliza's day to day work in the Mill, and the hard conditions she endured.Published 9 months ago by Dorothy
IM JOKING!!! This books is so bad i wanted to throw my kindle out of my bedroom window. A load of rubbish and highly DO NOT recomend this pooy book. Read morePublished 16 months ago by dana
My 9 year old daughter really enjoys the 'My Story' books, she says this one is a good one.Published 19 months ago by Eve
Bought this for my Mother-in-Law and she loved it. She had a family member in the 1800's who was in a Mill and thought it would be an interesting read.Published on 2 April 2014 by thompson
At times tearful but mainly inspiring. Good quality book, delivered on time. A supplier who you can trust and a credit to Amazon.Published on 29 Sept. 2013 by ssymes008
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.Published on 22 Sept. 2013 by Ms. Janice Harrison
I Cannot comment on the book yet, as I haven't read it yet, but it does look an interesting read.Published on 12 Sept. 2013 by Dutchy 8