I just finished reading this book. Literally, just finished. Like two minutes ago. Its by Eva Ibbotson. Its set in the early 1900's with a girl who lives in Cambridge with her horrible father and aunt. She escapes to become a ballerina. Its a very cute book. There is a little too much description toward the beginning with ballet that I didn't care for and ended up skimming, but the rest is very good. It ends happily and has a cute sense of humor.
I thought I should share.