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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

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.

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