The Farmerettes

The Farmerettes

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Six girls just out of high school live together during the summer of 1943 on a farm as part of the Farm Service Force, doing the work of the men who are off fighting the war in Europe. We follow the stories of Helene, who sends her wages home to support her single mother; Peggy, a flirt who spends her time writing to her soldier beaux; Binxie, whose rich family doesn't approve of her; Isabel, who pines over her fiancé, who is off fighting; Jean, whose family farm has been taken over by the "farmerettes," as they became known; and the mysterious X, who of all the girls feels the most out of place. Friendship, romance, hardship and heartbreak shape their summer, all against the backdrop of the World War II.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario :, Second Story Press,, [2015].
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781927583647
Characteristics: 346 pages ;,21 cm.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Dec 20, 2016

I did not actually know that this story was set in Hamilton, let alone Canada, before I started reading it. It was actually so great because I could personally relate where we are today to the lives of some teenage girls in the 1930-1940s. The author actually lives in Dundas, is that not cool? Each character in the story was so full of life, it was almost as if this could have been as close to a real story! I really should have read this book when I was taking history in the summer, that could have helped me remember a lot of key dates to the war. The mysterious X really frightened me though, I was scared for her and also for the other girls. This whole web of stories really spun well together, and any Hamiltonian should read this! 5/5 stars.
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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abcDena
Jul 07, 2016

The Farmerettes by Gisela Tobien Sherman takes readers into the lives of six young girls working for Canadian Farm Services during wartime, 1943, while the boys are abroad. Meet bookish, responsible Helene, who works hard to support her single mother; rich girl, Binxie, who feels alienated from her family; flirty, but secretive Peggy; Isabel, lovesick and pining for her soldier boyfriend; sexually confused “X”; and Jean, whose family owns the farm.

The Farmerettes is a deeply satisfying novel that combines the best elements of historical fiction with the bildungsroman, bringing the past to life against broad themes that appeal to young readers: struggle, heartache, and love.

I recommend Gisela Tobien Sherman’s The Farmerettes to readers seeking an engaging, highly readable Canadian novel about the lives of young women, or just want a quick summer read that’s getting tons of good buzz!

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