Mill Girl




Book information
Author Sue Reid
Series My Story
Publishers Scholastic UK
Publication date June 21, 2002[1] (1st)
May 5, 2008[2] (2nd)
February 5, 2015[3] (3rd)
Pages 224
ISBN 9780439981187
Book in series 9
Preceded by The '45 Rising
Followed by Transported

Mill Girl: The Diary of Eliza Helsted is a fictional diary in Scholastic UK's My 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.


"For my sister"

Book descriptionEdit

"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..."



Main article: List of Mill Girl characters


Main article: Sue Reid


See alsoEdit

v - e - dMy Story (UK)

The Hunger | Voyage on the Great Titanic | The Crystal Palace | Blitz | My Tudor Queen | Twentieth-Century Girl
The Great Plague | The '45 Rising | Mill Girl | Transported | Bloody Tower | Mayflower | Suffragette | Slave Girl
Anne Boleyn and Me | Victorian Workhouse | War Nurse | The Queen's Spies | Princess of Egypt | Pompeii
Road to War | Highway Girl | Sophie's Secret War | The Fall of the Blade | Factory Girl | No Way Back
Wartime Princess | Berlin Olympics | Lady Jane Grey | Nowhere to Run | Codename Céline


Civil War | Trafalgar | The Trenches | Battle of Britain | Armada | Crimea | Indian Mutiny | Zulu War | Agincourt | Waterloo
Flying Ace | D-Day | Spy Smuggler | Desert Danger | U-Boat Hunter | Roman Invasion | Viking Blood | The Sweep's Boy
The Storm to Come | Pyramid of Secrets

My Royal Story

Egyptian Princess | Bloody Tower | Victoria | Anastasia | Anne Boleyn and Me | Cleopatra | Marie Antoinette | Elizabeth
Mary, Queen of Scots | Catherine of Aragon | Henry VIII's Wives

My True Story

What If They Find Us? | Hero at Dunkirk | Standing Alone | Give Us the Vote! | Dodger!

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