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Although Pauline and Arlene are twins, they lead very different lives.  Pauline goes to work in the cotton mill with her family every day.  Arlene has a crippled foot, which has left her unable to work in the mill.  Instead, Arlene takes care of the family home.  The girls each imagine that the other sister has the easier, more enjoyable life.

While the setting is similar to that of Counting on Grace, the subject of child labor isn’t as much in the forefront.  Boling instead focuses on a more universal theme of “the grass is always greener,” and effectively uses an American family in 1905 to tell her story.  This would be an excellent book to spark a discussion about putting yourself in someone else’s place.