Roller Skates

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Puffin Books, 1936 - Juvenile Fiction - 186 pages
177 Reviews
A Newbery Medal Winner!

Growing up in a well-to-do family with strict rules and routines can be tough for a ten-year-old girl who only wants to roller skate. But when Lucinda Wyman's parents go overseas on a trip to Italy and leave her behind in the care of Miss Peters and Miss Nettie in New York City, she suddenly gets all the freedom she wants! Lucinda zips around New York on her roller skates, meeting tons of new friends and having new adventures every day. But Lucinda has no idea what new experiences the city will show her.... Some of which will change her life forever.

“A refreshingly lively and genuine story.”—The New York Times

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Review: Roller Skates (Lucinda Wyman #1)

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Better than many old-fashioned girls' "happy-go-lucky life" stories. If I was an unbiased reader, it would get three stars, but of course, none of us are, are we? If the whole thing was the diary ... Read full review

Review: Roller Skates (Lucinda Wyman #1)

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This is the story of a feisty upper-class 10 year-old in New York around 1890. The author wasn't very explicit as to what was going on. In one chapter there is supposedly a murder and a few paragraphs ... Read full review


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Ruth Sawyer (1880-1970), a central figure in the advancement of children's book reading and writing, is a recipient of the Regina Medal (1965) for distinguished contribution to the field of children's literature and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal (1965) for substantial and lasting contributions to children's literature. A frequent and much admired speaker in the United States, she collaborated on two Caldecott Honor winners, The Christmas Anna Angel (1944) and Journey Cake, Ho! (1954), and her book Roller Skates (1937) was a winner of the Newbery Medal.

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