Girl Alone

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Author: Anne Austin
Published: 1930
Language: English
Wordcount: 91,595 / 265 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 77.2
LoC Category: PZ
Downloads: 869
Added to site: 2011.07.04
mnybks.net#: 30321
Genre: Young Readers
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ilanthropic session of the state legislature; it was Sally who conducted her through the many rooms devoted to hand crafts suited to girls--showing off a bit as she expertly manipulated a hand loom.

Eloise's hot little hand clung tightly to Sally's on the long trip of inspection of her new "home." But her cry, hopeless and monotonous now, even taking on a little of the institutional whine, was still the same heartbroken protest she had uttered upon her arrival in the dormitory: "I don't want to be an orphan! I don't want to be an orphan, Sal-lee!"

"It ain't--I mean, isn't--so bad," Sally comforted her. "Sometimes we have lots of fun. And Christmas is awf'ly nice. Every girl gets an orange and a little sack of candy and a present. And we have turkey for dinner, and ice cream."

"My mama gave me candy every day," Eloise whimpered. "Her men friends brung it to her--boxes and boxes of it, and flowers, too. God was mean to let her die, and make an orphan outa me!"

And because Sally herse

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