Mill Girl: The Diary of Eliza Helsted is a fictional diary in Scholastic UK'sMy Story series. The book was Sue Reid's first for the series. It was published in June 2002, and reissued in May 2008 and February 2015.
"Saturday 21st May, 1842 Something terrible has happened. I can scarcely bring myself to write the words. I AM TO START AT THE MILL ON MONDAY. "You said never," I cried to Mother. Her face was white. "Oh Eliza," she said. "I'm so sorry. If there was anything I could have done..." "Where am I to work? I demanded. The room was so quiet that I could hear myself breathe. "In the carding room. Sickness. They need more hands." I wasn't Eliza any more, just a pair of hands. Factory hands."
"In spring 1842 Eliza is shocked when she is sent to work in the Manchester cotton mills–the noisy, suffocating mills. The work is backbreaking and dangerous–and when she sees her friends' lives wrecked by poverty, sickness and unrest, Eliza realizes she must fight to escape the fate of a mill girl..."