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Victorian Workhouse: The Diary of Edith Lorrimer, England, 1871 (My Story: Girls)

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It's January 1871 when Edith, the sheltered daughter of a wealthy widow, pays her first eventful visit to the workhouse for the poor. There she meets Rosie, a rebellious, quick-tempered orphan who is always getting into trouble. Edith soon finds herself drawn into Rosie's wild schemes and both their lives are never the same again.
Paperback, 208 pages
Published September 17th 2004 by Scholastic
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Suad Shamma
Jan 17, 2016 Suad Shamma rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, 2015
I didn't enjoy this one so much. I did so want to learn more about Workhouses back in the day, I don't know too much except what I've read and seen from the likes of Oliver Twist and Annie. I thought I would get a much more realistic version of events, despite the fact that the "My Story" series are based on fictional characters, set in historical times to give us an in-depth version of events.

I've read a lot of books from these series, with protagonists that were much younger than Edith was in
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Vickie Wilson
Apr 13, 2014 Vickie Wilson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first encountered the My Story series when I much younger and loved the books I read. I believe at the time there were only five or so published. Although these are short novels and written by very different authors (including Chris Priestly!), the historical descriptions are very vivid and the characters are easy to connect with and understand their situation, despite them being from an era we've never lived in. Now there's lots and lots of books for nearly every period of history, told from ...more
Sally
Interesting story, though it could have been much better than it was, given the subject matter.

Edith was not in the workhouse herself, actually, merely a visitor - made it a little different to how these stories usually run! Sadly, the girl in the workhouse that we did meet, Rosie, was simply not likeable enough for me to care much about her fate.
Olivia
Feb 18, 2010 Olivia rated it it was amazing
This book was really good and makes you respect how it was back in those times.
Grace
Sep 14, 2009 Grace rated it really liked it
I really liked this book! I thought it was enjoyable and interesting.
Rebecca
Feb 28, 2010 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
This book is one in the My Story series. The books in this series are fictional diaries of young girls living during different periods of British, Scottish, and Irish history.

Edith Lorrimer, who lives in Stoneleigh, Kent, begins her diary in January 1871, a month before her sixteenth birthday. Unlike many other people in England, Edith is lucky. Even though her father died when she was a young child, Edith and her mother still live a comfortable life. They have a good home, and are able to affo
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Amalie
I'm yet to read many other stories in "My Story" series but I have a feeling this is still going to be one of my favourites. “Workhouse” is a story set in the Victorian era. It is 1871 and sixteen year old Edith Lorrimer dreams to be a writer. She reads Charlotte Bronte, Mrs. E. Gaskell and Harriet Stowe’s “Uncle Tom’s Cabin grabs her attention.

Meanwhile Edith’s mother takes her sheltered daughter to visit a workhouse for the poor and it changes Edith’s life forever. She learns the lives of the
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Sara
Apr 15, 2013 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, my-story
Loved this book! The only diary in the series the only goes for one year! Edith Lorrimer the young woman who owns the diary is the only daughter of wealthy widow. She's a character to look up too. Throughout the book she is finding ways to help the poor people in the Stonleigh Workhouse. Especially a wild red headed girl called Rosie who I quite rude but helps those around her in the Workhouse. Rosie is an orphan a troublemaker who always messes up jobs she is offered and is always given lecture ...more
Mimi
May 12, 2015 Mimi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book started off well only to leave me disappointed at the end. It is told from the viewpoint of Edith Lorrimer who is a fifteen year old girl in 1871. Edith begins her diary by describing her first meeting at the workhouse. It is in this meeting that she sees Rosie Chubb for the first time. A girl which she describes as being wild but later goes on to like and want to help.The further the story goes on you get a sense of what the workhouse was like. Though this is only a fictional account ...more
Elizabeth
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Molly
This entire series is a wonderful way to learn history or teach it to adolescents. I find today's generations seem to recall more when they learn through other people (pop songs, celebrity gossip, etc.), so what better way to teach history than through someone else's perspective? Yes, "authentic" diaries would be "better", but would the language really hold the modern student's attention? Did the diary writer know what WOULD be important in the context of history? Probably not.
Molly
Nov 11, 2012 Molly added it
This entire series is a wonderful way to learn history or teach it to adolescents. I find today's generations seem to recall more when they learn through other people (pop songs, celebrity gossip, etc.), so what better way to teach history than through someone else's perspective? Yes, "authentic" diaries would be "better", but would the language really hold the modern student's attention? Did the diary writer know what WOULD be important in the context of history? Probably not.
Venuskitten
Jan 17, 2012 Venuskitten rated it really liked it
Edith Lorrimer's diary sets out in graphic detail the horrors of life in a Victorian workhouse. This book was written for young adults and is a quick read (approx 200 pages) but it packs a serious message about the huge gap between rich (Edith is from a well-to-do family), and the poor (eg Rosie, a young woman befriended by Edith and her mother) who were often in the workhouse as the only option available to them after falling on hard times. Recommended
Amy
Aug 15, 2014 Amy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: 11-12
Recommended to Amy by: No one
It was going good up until the ending. It just didn't seem right at the end.

I like the way Edith likes the inmates of the workhouse and wants them to be treated fairly. It seems she is very sweet.

There is sad parts, and happy parts, but the book is brilliant. The ending, however, doesn't seem right.
Rose Dawson
Feb 07, 2013 Rose Dawson rated it it was amazing
Série Můj příběh je založen na skutečné události s fiktivní postavou.Edith mi byla hned sympatická,Rosie už tak moc ne. :D Jinak ty podmínky chudobince byly příšerné!Lituji všechny ty lidi,co si tím prošli.Ten cynik ředitel mě vytáčel,naštěstí knížka dopadla nakonec dobře,i když pro některé ne.
Josie
Not terribly interesting. Edith felt like a complete non-entity who only existed to tell Rosie's story and describe conditions in the workhouse. I wanted to know more about Edith's life, not Rosie's irritating exploits.
Rebecca
Dec 25, 2013 Rebecca rated it liked it
For a deep subject, this bok was really superficial. It was a good brush with the Dickensian workhouse, but could have been much more.
Jen
very interesting :)
Vexa
Dec 04, 2012 Vexa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dobré to bylo, smutný příběh, i když zajímavý, oddechová knížka, přečtená během chvilky. :)
Annikka
Dec 01, 2012 Annikka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: annie-s-bookcase
Jen o kousek se neprobojovala do mé TOP 3 z celé edice... ale i tak mě bavila^^
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