About Ten Cents a Dance

June 27, 2010 by admin  
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With her mother ill, it’s up to fifteen-year-old Ruby Jacinski to support her family. But in the 1940s, the only opportunities open to a Polish-American girl from Chicago’s poor Yards is a job in one of the meat packing plants. Through a chance meeting with a local tough, Ruby lands a job as a taxi dancer and soon becomes an expert in the art of “fishing”: working her patrons for meals, cash, clothes, even jewelry. Drawn ever deeper into the world of dance halls, jazz, and the mob, Ruby gradually realizes that the only one who can save her is herself.

A mesmerizing look into a little known world and era.


Ten Cents a Dance is an ALA award winning book!

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Named a 2007 Book for the Teen Age by the New York Public Library

What would you do if your best friend disappeared?

Find her.

When seventeen-year-old Tallulah Addy gets a frantic message from her best friend Maeve, she drops everything—including her own difficult family—and sets out from Oregon to rescue her. But a few days later it’s Tallulah who needs help after she finds herself abandoned and penniless in rural Tennessee. Calling her family is out of the question, yet when help does come, even Tallulah couldn’t have guessed it would be in the form of a dying dog.

Before long, Tallulah has a pull-out couch to sleep on, a job at the local veterinarian’s office, and the beginning of a friendship (and perhaps more) with Kyle, the young assistant whose tongue-tied ways conceal a more complicated heart. But the ornery vet, Dr. Poteet, doesn’t want her there, and Tallulah has little patience for cleaning kennels or holding horses that seem hell-bent on kicking her. Furious with herself for failing Maeve, Tallulah swears she’ll resume her rescue mission the first chance she gets. But when that chance finally comes, will it be Maeve or the eccentric group of strangers who has the bigger claim on Tallulah’s heart?

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