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BALLET SHOES by Noel Streatfeild

Pauline, Petrova, and Posy are orphans determined to help out their new family by joining the Children's Academy of Dancing and Stage Training.  But when they vow to make a name for themselves, they have no idea it is going to be such hard work!  They launch themselves into the world of show business, complete with work papers, the glare of the spotlight, and practice, practice, practice!  Pauline is destined for the movies.  Posy is a born dancer.  But practical Petrova finds she would rather pilot a plane than perform a pirouette.  Each girl must find the courage to follow her dre

COUNTING ON GRACE by Elizabeth Winthrop

1910

North Pownal, Vermont

Twelve-year-old Grace and her best friend, Arthur, must leave school to work as doffers in the mill.  But Grace is left-handed.  Replacing full bobbins with empty ones is a right-handed job, and every mistake Grace makes costs her family precious pennies.

Grace knows that Arthur is hatching a desperate plan to get himself out of the mill.  She begs him to wait.  Something will come along to change their lives.

JUNONIA by Kevin Henkes

Every year in February, Alice Rice travels from Wisconsin to Sanibel Island, Florida with her parents.

Returning to the beach cottage---a cottage named Scallop---where she has always celebrated her birthday is a special occasion for Alice.

Who will see the first dolphin this time?  The first pelican?  What will have changed?  What will have stayed the same?  And will this be the year she finally finds a junonia shell?

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