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Ten Cents a Dance by Christine Fletcher
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Feb 24, 09

bookshelves: read-in-2009, ya-fiction, top-picks, favorites

1941, Chicago's Back of the Yards.
This book is sheer awesome. It's well paced, long enough to develop characters very well, and the details color the background and historical elements perfectly. I loved Ruby's story, and I loved the rest of the cast of characters in the story. I think that Fletcher did a great job showing rather than telling what the impending background in history is throughout the book, and rather than drag the story down in the fact this was WWII, she does a brilliant job telling the reader about life in the back of the yards.
For a native Chicagoan, this was just such a perfect setting and rendition of an exciting story. Fletcher's author note mentioned that she was inspired by a member of her own family. I'm convinced THAT is what makes the story a 5 star, rather than a 4.5 or a 4 -- she gives it a great element of realism.
I cannot recommend this highly enough!
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Reading Progress

02/18/2009 page 15
4.21% "I love the Chicago cool feel of this one. It makes me long for my hometown."
02/20/2009 page 110
30.9% "Lovely, lovely, lovely." 2 comments
02/20/2009 page 200
56.18% "One of the top ya books I've read."
02/23/2009 page 300
84.27% "Just trying to soak it all up."

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Janssen Wow. Okay, then. Will move it to the top.

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