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Calkins Creek
ISBN-13: 978-1-62979-059-6
Black-and-white archival photographs
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In 1926, droves of Americans traveled by train across the United States to visit the West. They ate at Harvey Houses, where thousands of well-trained waitresses provided first-class service. Diary of a Waitress: The Not-So-Glamorous Life of a Harvey Girl tells the first-person story of one spunky girl, Kitty Evans, as she faces the often funny and painful experiences she and fellow waitresses Cordelia and Emmy endure. As Kitty writes about her escapades, a loveable teenager emerges; she embraces adventure, independence, her position as a Harvey Girl, and a freelance writing career. In this fast-paced novel, best-selling author Carolyn Meyer, who has visited and researched several Harvey Hotels, brings together an unforgettable heroine with the universal themes of friendship, identity, and young love.


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

“(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 

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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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