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Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All by Laura Ruby

Frankie lives in an orphanage in 1941 Chicago along with her older brother Vito and younger sister Toni. They were placed their first when their mother had a breakdown, then again when she died. Their father visits, but even when he remarries there is no room to bring them home. Still, Frankie never expected her father to move to Colorado and take only Vito. Left behind with Toni, who seems to hate her, Frankie feels completely alone. But she isn’t, because Pearl is there, always there, watching over the girls even though she herself died in 1918. When Pearl meets Marguerite, the two share their tragic pasts and deaths.

The stories of all three young women weave together to create a picture of life in the early twentieth century. Living or dead, these women are always finding new doorways as they learn about themselves. Highly recommended for readers in high school and up who enjoy interwoven stories and historical fiction.

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