Tuesday, April 12, 2016

April Book Club Selection: Ten Cents a Dance

The April Book Club selection is Ten Cents a Dance by Christine Fletcher. All of my copies are currently out, but you can check back periodically to see if someone has finished early.



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.
 The Book Club will meet on Thursday May 5th after school from 3:45-4:30PM.