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The Lace Dowry

Andrea Cheng


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Twelve-year-old Juli wants neither a dowry nor the dancing lessons that her mother has long planned for her. Studious and smart, Juli dreams of a career, not of marriage. But her mother insists, and together they make regular trips to the countryside to check on the progress of the large lace tablecloth commissioned for her dowry. Soon Julie makes friends with the lace maker's daughter, Roza, an unschooled girl her own age who is already saddled with adult responsibilities. When progression the tablecloth slows because of unexpected difficulties in Roza's family, Juli finds herself defying her mother in order to help her new friend. Through this painful episode, Juli and her mother grow to better understand themselves, each other, and how the past has shaped them.

Praise For The Lace Dowry

"Nicely paced for classroom read-alouds, the novel raises great questions for discussion: Is it okay to lie and steal to help someone else? Why do traditions continue?" --Booklist

Front Street, 9781932425208, 115pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2005

About the Author

Andrea Cheng teaches English as a Second Language and has written many books for children. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband and their three children.