The Farmerettes

The Farmerettes


By Gisela Tobien Sherman


The Second World War is raging. Millions of men have left to fight. But who will take over their jobs?

A group of mismatched girls live and work together on a farm during the summer of 1943. Defying convention, they must take over for the men who’ve gone to fight.

Dutiful Helene sends her wages home to support her single mother, but at the cost of her own dreams. Peggy is a fun-loving flirt hiding a secret she is desperate to keep. Isabel can think only of her fiancé, wondering if he is safe in Europe. Binxie's rich family doesn't approve of what she is doing, but she defies them anyway. The reliable Jean puts on a brave face as her family farm is taken over by the group of "farmerettes.” And the mysterious "X", who of all the girls feels the most out of place, is always longing for what lies out of reach.

Friendship, romance, hardship, and heartbreak shape their summer, and no one will be left unchanged.

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About the Author

Gisela Tobien Sherman was an actor and a writer. She wrote several children's books, including Grave Danger and King of the Class. She was a contributor to The Globe and Mail and other newspapers. She lived in Dundas, Ontario. Gisela passed away in April, 2017.

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Product Information

  • Release: April 7, 2015

  • $12.95 Paperback

  • 348 Pages

  • 5.5 x 8.5

  • Teen Fiction

  • Ages 13-18 / Grades 8-12

  • ISBN: 9781927583647


  • Character Education
    > Family & Friendship
    > Strong Female Characters

  • Language Arts
    > Historical Fiction

  • History & Social Studies
    > Canadian History
    > War & Conflict


  • 2016 Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People Finalist

  • Finalist for the Hamilton Public Library's Next Top Novel Award, 2016

  • Canadian Children's Book Centre's "Best Books for Kids and Teens" , Fall 2015

Awards for The Farmerettes

  • Terrific Teen Titles Historical Fiction by the Canadian Children's booknews, 2019 – Commended

  • 2015 Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People Finalist

Praise for The Farmerettes

"Part history lesson, part eye-opening slice-of-life, The Farmerettes is a touching, well-paced story of girls bound together by a sense of civic duty and desperate circumstance that forever changed the definition of 'women’s work.'" - The National Reading Campaign

 "[Tobien Sherman] deserves praise for identifying a less-explored part of Canada's World War II history and recognizing its potential for a novel." - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"The tone of The Farmerettes is gentle, but [Tobien Sherman] doesn't pull back from life's harsher truths. The girls - directly or through other characters - deal with relationship pressures, family expectations, depression, the deaths of loved ones, and the lingering consequences of war and loss." - Resource Links

"Through her thoughtful writing, Gisela Tobien Sherman gives young readers a clear and captivating picture of how war changes everyone, from those who are fighting in it to those who are left behind." - Quill & Quire

"In capturing the spirit and camaraderie of these young women, Gisela Sherman has brought to life an important, and largely unheralded, part of Canadian wartime history in a way that will resonate with today's readers." - Canadian Children's Book News

"[The Farmerettes] is engaging and often emotional... Historical fiction lovers will appreciate this book both for its depiction of rural wartime life and for its pop culture references." - School Library Journal

"Impressively well written from beginning to end, The Farmerettes is a thoroughly absorbing read and very highly recommended for both school and community YA fiction collections." - Midwest Book Review