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A Time To Dance (Virginia's Civil War Diary #3)

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In her third and final diary, by Mary Pope Osborne, Ginny continues to face rapidly changing times in the aftermath of the Civil War.

Virginia Dickens continues to chronicle the aftermath of the Civil War, as she and her family move their lives from Washington, D.C. to New York City. Throughout the times of difficulty and joy, Ginny is always courageous and sweet.
Paperback, 112 pages
Published August 1st 2003 by Scholastic Inc.
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Nov 10, 2011 Sherrie rated it it was amazing
Ever wonder what happened after the Civil War is over? How people get on with their lives? This book is all about that. Ginny is telling the story through her diary. Ginny's father is having a hard time finding a job and Ginny thinks she can get a job to help. She does find a job as a dresser in the theater. She really likes this job and loves the theater. She wants to meet Edmond Booth, he's the brother of John Wilkes Booth, the man that shot President Lincoln. He is the greatest actor of their ...more
Feb 28, 2010 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
Eleven-year-old Virginia Dickens and her family have left Washington, D.C. shortly after the end of the Civil War to move to New York City. While her father tries to find work as a violinist and her brother writes for a newspaper, Virginia spends her days on lessons and helping care for her baby nephew as her brother's wife recovers from the baby's birth. When her brother takes her to a play, Virginia becomes interested in the world of the theater, and soon finds a job working behind the scenes. ...more
Oct 12, 2008 Natalie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: historical fiction fans
I read this book in one day, and I was totally addicted to it! I love the way this series is written, and I think Osobrne did a great job with this book. The book was never boring, and the plot kept moving along, and there was barely any "fat" that I found. I know this is moer of a kids book, but I'll still read it even though I'm a teenager, and maybe even when I'm older. I love the way Ms. Osborne makes the history come alive in this series.
Jun 06, 2016 Kassy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the book anyway because the book is very interesting to me.They move to New York City and try to having a better life.First,they didn't really have better life.But,her brother had a good job.Her father didn't find a job as a musician,so he try to teach music at home.After that,her father get a job as an musical.Herself had a job as an dresser at a theater.Her father was married again because her mother was died when she was born.Her stepmother was nice to her.At last,she act a ...more
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Feb 01, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it really liked it
This covers the post-civil war time when Virginia and her family move to New York. Her father tries to find work as a violinist, but such jobs are hard to come buy in the city, so he ends up giving lessons at their home.

Virginia herself likes plays, and gets to see one with Edwin Booth, John Wilkes Booth's brother. She ends up writing him and also manages to get a job working backstage, helping actresses with their costume changes.

It's a light story, not a major historical work, but it's still
Nov 11, 2012 Molly added it
This entire series is a wonderful way to learn history or teach it to adolescents. I find today's generations seem to recall more when they learn through other people (pop songs, celebrity gossip, etc.), so what better way to teach history than through someone else's perspective? Yes, "authentic" diaries would be "better", but would the language really hold the modern student's attention? Did the diary writer know what WOULD be important in the context of history? Probably not.
Leslee Robinson
Apr 12, 2009 Leslee Robinson rated it it was ok
This book was about a young girl living in NY just after the Civil War. The book is in diary format and tells of her experiences. She gets a job in a theater and discovers her love for it. It kind of has a hard time flowing from one diary entry to the next. it wasn't very entertaining for me. I think that younger readers would like it, and it gives a taste of history.
Jan 21, 2013 Terri rated it liked it
I don't know. It wasn't awesome or great. It starts off a little jarring especially considering when you leave the 2nd book Virginia is in Washington, D.C. and this one opens with them moving into a house in New York City and it takes awhile for the reason they are moving to New York to be shared. The storyline didn't seem to make a lot of forward progress here.
Stephanie Smith
Sep 02, 2016 Stephanie Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a nice progression and wrapped up the story very nicely
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Mary Pope Osborne has channeled a lifelong love of exploration and travel into one of the most popular children’s book series of the past two decades. With her fantastic Magic Tree House series, Mary Pope Osborne keeps the good times rolling for kids all over the world.
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