The Downstairs Girl

The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee

Publisher Information:  New York, NY:  G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2019

Summary:  Jo Kwan works as a lady's maid while living in an underground secret room under the local newspaper owner's house.   At night, she writes a column anonymously as Miss Sweetie, answering an advice column that normally answers questions about getting stains out of dresses and how to handle oneself socially.  Jo starts answering the letters more honestly, using the woman's suffrage movement to spur her independent and forward-thinking ideas.  Can a young Chinese woman help change the mindset of the townspeople?  Or will she stay silenced and in the shadows for self-preservation? 

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Links of Interest: 

Author website:

Educator's guide:  HERE

History Channel's Building the Transcontinental Railroad: How 20,000 Chinese Immigrants Made It Happen:  HERE

Chinese-American Women and the Suffrage Movement:  HERE


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