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Roller Skates by Ruth Sawyer
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Oct 10, 09

Read in October, 2009

New York in the 1890s (when Grant's tomb is being built "way out in the country") is the setting for this story of a young girl whose parents leave her in the hands of caretakers while they spend a year in Europe. Spunky young Lucinda skates the streets, making friends with a cast of characters including policemen, the boy who sells fruit on the corner, and the "rag-and-bottles" man. I was very taken with the young heroine, who puts on plays, loves words, and finds "hoofing" to be "too pokey". Her delightful year takes two tragic turns, one which seemed gratuitous and the other more central to her growth and to the story. There's something special about this 1937 Newbery-winner that I think could still capture the hearts of young readers.
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