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GLORY BE by Augusta Scattergood

For Gloriana June Hemphill, life in Hanging Moss, Mississippi, is filled with doodlebugs, iced tea, and fireworks on her birthday, the 4th of July.  But the summer of 1964 is different.  Glory, as everyone knows her, is eager to turn twelve.  There are times though, when she wishes she could turn back the clock a year.  Maybe it is the new girl from the North----with her black socks and clunky sandals----that's got everyone out of sorts.  Or maybe its the debate about whether or not to keep the town's segregated pool open.  It seems the answers to Glory's questions about the pool ke

STRAWBERRY HILL by Mary Ann Hoberman

When 10 year-old Allie learns that her family will be moving from a two-family home to their very own house, she is hesitant until she finds out they will be living on a street with the magical name of Strawberry Hill.  That changes everything!  The new house though, is in Stamford, Conneticut, far from her current home in New Haven.  Allie's father is lucky to find the new job in Stamford.  Jobs are hard to get during The Great Depression.

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

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