Roller Skates (Newbery Library)

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Overview

“I tell you I won’t go to Aunt Emily’s! I’ll run away if you send me there.”So says ten-year-old Lucinda to her parents as they are leaving on a yearlong trip to Italy. Lucinda wants to stay with Miss Peters and Miss Nettie, where she feels she will be free. For once, her parents do not let Aunt Emily interfere, and Lucinda’s exciting year begins.

In New York City in 1890, a little girl could strap on her roller skates and roam the city. Lucinda makes the most of her freedom and befriends the Irish cab driver, ...

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Overview

“I tell you I won’t go to Aunt Emily’s! I’ll run away if you send me there.”So says ten-year-old Lucinda to her parents as they are leaving on a yearlong trip to Italy. Lucinda wants to stay with Miss Peters and Miss Nettie, where she feels she will be free. For once, her parents do not let Aunt Emily interfere, and Lucinda’s exciting year begins.

In New York City in 1890, a little girl could strap on her roller skates and roam the city. Lucinda makes the most of her freedom and befriends the Irish cab driver, the patrolman in Bryant Park, the boy at the fruit stand, and the reporter who lives in her building. Lucinda’s irrepressible spirit endears her to everyone and her roller skates bring her to adventures on every corner of old New York.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781435118959
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 9/5/2009
  • Series: Newbery Library Series
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 576,255
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Ruth Sawyer (1880–1970) was a collector of folktales, a professional storyteller, and an illustrator. Not only was she awarded the Newbery Medal for Roller Skates, she received Caldecott Honor awards for two of her picture books, The Christmas Anna Angel in 1945 and Journey Cake, Ho! in 1954. Most of her books were semi-autobiographical including Roller Skates, which depicted her life in the late 19th century in New York City.

Valenti Angelo (1897–1982) was eight years old when his family immigrated to the United States from Italy. When he was nineteen, he worked during the day but spent his nights studying art. He became a multitalented artist—printing, engraving, and working in linocuts, as well as book designing. As illustrator for Roller Skates and more than 250 other books, he was also an author, and was awarded the Newbery Honor in 1939 for Nino.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2007

    1936 classic

    Unorthodox for girls of the 1890's, and even now, Lucinda roller skates to school and talks to policemen, cabbie's and others along the way. The tale of a rebel and a tomboy, but also an adventurer.

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