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Title:
Roller skates
Author:
Sawyer, Ruth, 1880-1970.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Viking Press, 1995.

©1936
Physical Description:
186 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Summary:
Liberated for a year from her parents' restrictions, ten-year-old Lucinda discovers true freedom in the care of her temporary guardians as she roller skates around the streets of turn-of-the-century New York.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
810 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 6.3 8.0 76.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 6.7 9 Quiz: 09819.
ISBN:
9780670603107
Format :
Book

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For use in schools and libraries only. The discoveries and adventures of ten-year-old Lucinda, who spends a wonderful year exploring the New York City of the 1890s.


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Booklist Review

A young heroine explores 1890 New York City on roller skates and takes readers on a trip to "the good old days."


School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-7-This recording of the 1937 Newbery Award-winning book by Ruth Sawyer (Penguin Putnam, pap. 1986) is read by television and stage actress Kate Forbes. The story takes place in New York City in the 1890s, during the year of 10-year-old Lucinda's "orphanage." That's Lucinda's term for her situation when her parents go to Italy and leave her in the care of Miss Peters and Miss Nettie. Lucinda, enjoying her freedom, explores the city on roller skates and makes friends wherever she goes. She reads Shakespeare with her uncle, puts on her own production of The Tempest, creates a magical Christmas for a little girl from an impoverished family, helps a family protect their fruit stand from attacks by rowdy boys, and has picnics in a vacant lot , among other adventures. Forbes does a good job with the reading, conveying Lucinda's enthusiasm but not becoming overly dramatic. However, the story suffers from age. Certain expressions and references are likely to elude most children (and even many adults). The obligatory tragedies (the death of Trinket, the unexplained murder of a woman Lucinda befriends) seem a little maudlin. There is also some ethnic stereotyping, typical of the time, that is unacceptable today. However, in libraries where Newbery books are always in demand, this audio- book will help make an older book a little more accessible to young readers.-Sarah Flowers, Santa Clara County Library, Morgan Hill, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.