Penelope Bailey Takes the Stage

Marshall Cavendish, 2006
ISBN 978-0761452874
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Penelope Bailey wants to be an actress, but it is 1889, and acting is not an acceptable profession for a proper young lady. In this historical novel for kids ages 9 and up, Penelope is left with her strait-laced aunt in San Francisco, who does everything in her power to thwart the girl’s ambitions. When Penelope is befriended by a mysterious young woman — a character based on the famous dancer Isadora Duncan — readers find out just how far she is willing to go to follow her dream.


  • American Library Association Teens Top Ten nominee
  • Scripps Howard News Service Best Books of 2006
  • Top Choice Award
Book cover of Penelope Bailey, written by Susanna Reich