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10 to 14
5 to 9
Trim Size:
5.5" x 8.25"
Calkins Creek
ISBN-13: 978-1-62091-652-0
Black-and-white archival photographs
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About the Book


When gutsy Kitty Evans answers an ad to work for Fred Harvey’s restaurants located along western railroad lines, she never expected to have the adventure of a lifetime. With a passion for writing, Kitty captures in her journal the often funny and painful experiences she and her fellow waitresses, Cordelia and Emmy, endure. Acclaimed children’s novelist Carolyn Meyer creates an unforgettable heroine who wrestles with the ups and downs of family, friendship, identity, and young love. The author’s note offers an inside look into the Harvey hotels and restaurants, popular throughout the West in the early 1900s. Includes selected bibliography and archival images.  


“(Will) appeal to readers who have enjoyed but outgrown the Dear America and American Girl series . . .” —Kirkus Reviews

“A suitable fit for American Girl series graduates, this diary-style historical novel follows the adventures of independent-minded 16-year-old Katherine “Kitty” Evans, who sets off on her own in 1926. . . . Kitty’s diary entries express her growing confidence, her journalist’s eye for detail, and her love of fun, and b&w period photographs bring additional ambiance to Meyer’s (Beauty’s Daughter) colorful portrait of a working girl.” —Publishers Weekly 

“A fast and interesting read about a part of history of which many readers may be unaware.” —School Library Review

Meet the Author

Carolyn Meyer

Carolyn Meyer is the award-winning author of numerous novels for children and young adults, many of them on courageous women of the past. Her books include Girl with a Camera, about Margaret Bourke-White, and Diary of a Waitress, about the Harvey Girls of the American West. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Visit her at

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