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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—a girl paid ten cents to dance with any man—and soon becomes an expert in the art of "fishing" as she works her patrons for meals, 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.

Review:

"Inspired by the experiences of her great-aunt, Fletcher (Tallulah Falls) imagines two years in the life of a scrappy girl from a working-class community in Chicago during WWII. Just 15 and saddled with the responsibility of supporting her ailing mother and younger sister, Ruby Jacinski quits school to work in a meatpacking factory but is soon dazzled by the prospect of earning big money as a taxi dancer (professional dance partner) — an idea she picks up from her neighborhood crush, mobster wannabe Paulie. Fletcher sustains the narrative with the ongoing tension between Ruby's buttoned-up family persona and her desire for a real romance, the glamour of dressing up and dancing to jazz, and baiting 'fish' (customers) for dinner dates and money. Ruby's ability to skate away from an entanglement with an older, very crass client, a disillusioning relationship with Paulie and a brush with the mob can strain credibility; however, the depiction of Chicago nightlife in the '40s and Ruby's deft observations ('the look on his face, like the music itself had put on a dress and come up to him and said hello') add depth and complexity. Ages 14 — up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

Christine Fletcher grew up in California. After receiving her veterinary degree from the University of California, she lived for three years in the Great Smoky Mountains of eastern Tennessee. She writes, teaches, and practices veterinary medicine in Portland, OR. www.christinefletcherbooks.com

Product Details

ISBN:
9781599901640
Author:
Fletcher, Christine
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
General
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
Conduct of life
Subject:
Poverty
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
Historical - United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Love & Romance
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20100330
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 9 up to 12
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
7.75 x 5.06 in
Age Level:
from 14 up to 19

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Inspired by the experiences of her great-aunt, Fletcher (Tallulah Falls) imagines two years in the life of a scrappy girl from a working-class community in Chicago during WWII. Just 15 and saddled with the responsibility of supporting her ailing mother and younger sister, Ruby Jacinski quits school to work in a meatpacking factory but is soon dazzled by the prospect of earning big money as a taxi dancer (professional dance partner) — an idea she picks up from her neighborhood crush, mobster wannabe Paulie. Fletcher sustains the narrative with the ongoing tension between Ruby's buttoned-up family persona and her desire for a real romance, the glamour of dressing up and dancing to jazz, and baiting 'fish' (customers) for dinner dates and money. Ruby's ability to skate away from an entanglement with an older, very crass client, a disillusioning relationship with Paulie and a brush with the mob can strain credibility; however, the depiction of Chicago nightlife in the '40s and Ruby's deft observations ('the look on his face, like the music itself had put on a dress and come up to him and said hello') add depth and complexity. Ages 14 — up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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