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Fusco, Kimberly Newton.
New York : Knopf, 2010
IL 3-6, RL 5.4
ISBN 0375861041
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This story takes place during the Great Depression and Charlie Anne has her own great depression to get through.  Her mother has died.  Her father and brother have moved north looking for work.  And she is stuck living with cousin Mirabel.  Charlie Anne's life now revolves around chores and reading Charm and Fine Manners.  The endless, endless chores.  Laundry so heavy she can barely lift it onto the line.  And no end in sight.  Until Phoebe moves in next door.  Phoebe is the ward of the unusual Rosalyn who volunteers to open the school and act as the teacher.  With Phoebe's friendship to help, Charlie Anne's life may not be so bad after all.  There is more to life than vinegar pie.
SUBJECTS:     Race relations -- Fiction.
                        Farm life -- Massachusetts -- Fiction.
                        Depressions -- 1929 -- Fiction.
                        Friendship -- Fiction.
                        African Americans -- Fiction.
                        Family life -- Massachusetts -- Fiction.
                        Massachusetts -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction.
                        Historical fiction.

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