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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?

PIE by Sarah Weeks

Who would leave a world-famous pie recipe to a cat?

When Alice's Aunt Polly, The Pie Queen of Ipswitch, passes away, she takes with her the secret to her world-famous piecrust recipe.  Or does she?  In her will, Polly leaves the recipe to her extraordinarily fat, remarkably disagreeable cat, Lardo...and then leaves Lardo in the care of Alice.

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