Hoopi Shoopi Donna Author:Suzanne Strempek Shea Growing up in a small New England town, 14 year-old Donna Milewski had all she needed: a grandmother, Babci, whose fragrant cooking filled their home...her mother, Helen, who lovingly stitched outfits...and Adam, the most wonderful father a daughter could imagine, who dreamed she could one day lead an all-girl polka band.Then came Betty, a tiny ... more »and adorable five-year-old, sent from Poland by Adam's destitute brother. Bringing with her only a rubber doll's leg and her old-world charm, Betty became the little sister Donna never had -- and a threat to her father's love. During a long and painful rift, a dance of betrayal and hurt, Donna must look to her beloved polka music for the key to healing.« less
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A great coming of age novel about a Polish American girl dealing with her parents adoption of a child from Poland. She uses her music to grow. Her dreams of being an accordian player in an all girl polka band helps her get over the hurt of having to share her parents with another child. This is a unique concept to an age old story.