Roller Skates

Roller Skates 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 Pet

  • Title: Roller Skates
  • Author: Ruth Sawyer
  • ISBN: 9781435118959
  • Page: 383
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 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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    1. To explain why I recently re-read Roller Skates, it is necessary to delve into my sometime strange reading habits. I have already mentioned the young adult books from my parents’ house that got burnt up in the fire. Prior to the blaze, I had been in the middle of carrying out one of my strange reading projects. To put it simply, one day I came home from law school, and decided to: 1) alphabetize all the young adult books in the guest room (at least 300 hundred books) and then 2) read them all, [...]

    2. I saw this on the dollar rack at the Strand, remembered reading it something in the vicinity of 20 years ago, and picked it up. Hey, it won the Newbery Medal in 1937; it must be of at least reasonable quality. Fine. Then I reread it.In the broadest sense, the story goes: "10-year-old Lucinda makes friends everywhere, often while roller skating, in the NYC of 189-." This seems fine on the surface--but then you get past the surface and find the endemic racism. I say "endemic" purposefully; this is [...]

    3. I'd been looking forward to this, since I remembered it being a childhood favorite of Kathleen's. It was an enjoyable read, but I think it's one of the few Newberys that I feel like I would have enjoyed more if I'd read it first as a child. As an adult some of it seems weird. I kept wondering if there was another book that came before, or something, because I felt like I was missing some information that the author thought I would have (like stuff about Lucinda's family). And the weird disjointe [...]

    4. When ten-year-old Lucinda Wyman becomes a ‘temporary orphan’ (her parents have had to travel to Italy for a year for her mother’s health), she finds a new sense of freedom. Now able to skate around New York as she likes, she goes about meeting and making friends with an interesting bunch of people, all from a very different social station ( a rag-and-bone-man, a fruit vendor, a musician, actors, and a journalist among them), people who she may not have possibly even met had she been living [...]

    5. A good book is a good book. Doesn't matter who the intended audience is!I read this as part of our "Read the Newberys Project" (up to 1937 now!), and wasn't disappointed at all. In fact, it was a great book to follow "The Story of Edgar Sawtelle", which I was thoroughly annoyed with. It's just fascinating to me how a good book draws me in, and the "target" age is totally meaningless.It's interesting to me that in the Newbery lexicon, this follows "Caddie Woodlawn" and "Invincible Louisa" so clos [...]

    6. Reading Grade: 4th - 6thCleanliness:Attitudes/Disobedience - 10 Incident: Lucinda "mutinied" against her parent's wishes for her to stay with her Aunt Emily. She said she wouldn't go and would run away if they sent her there. (Her parents send her to stay with her teacher instead). Lucinda writes: "I think Aunt Emily's bound to stir up Heaven when she gets there. Maybe she won't ever get there. That will be a joke on Aunt Emily." Lucinda writes: "Aunt Emily had to stir things up because I wasn't [...]

    7. The plot revolves around ten-year-old rich kid Lucinda Wyman who becomes a 'temporary orphan' (her parents have had to travel to Italy for a year for her mother's health). During that year of 'being an orphan' she finds a new sense of freedom as she is now able to skate around New York as she likes. During her skating time, she goes about meeting and making friends with an interesting bunch of people, all from a very different social station (a rag-and-bone-man, a landlady, rich Asian lady (who [...]

    8. This was the 1937 Newbery Medal winner and it must have been a slow year for children's books being published. The book had potential but was boring. The main character is your typical precocious tomboy but she had no endearing qualities to make me really like her.

    9. I can understand why this novel was so loved. Lucinda is a 10-year-old tomboy, who is given an enviable amount of freedom one year in the 1890s New York City while her parents travel abroad. Lucinda, who dislikes stuffy traditional girls, spends her free time exploring the city on her roller skates. She meets new people and comes up with great schemes -- one of which, endearingly, is to launch a puppet production of The Tempest. Despite her pollyannaism, it's easy to love Lucinda and her joyful [...]

    10. I've read others' reviews and I'm so conflicted about this novel that I agree with the favorable reviews and the unfavorable reviews both. There is something to love here, in this story of a ten-year-old girl who refuses to let social boundaries interfere with her making friends with anyone she chooses. While largely annoying, her personality is also somewhat winning; despite myself, I couldn't help caring about her and her friends.Yet so much of this story is a laborious read. Readers old enoug [...]

    11. I picked this book up from my stack with full expectancy to be bored out of my mind. (I know – you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover but it was pink…) I thought this would blow my tomboyish personality to madness. After reading it, though I wasn’t wowed by it, I did like it for what it was. There are many characters, some so colorful you wonder how realistic they actually are but anything can happen in New York. Lucinda is left to stay in the states while her stuck-up parents travel It [...]

    12. A wonderful story about a little girl living in New York City around 1890. Her parents travel to Italy and Lucinda is left to live with Miss Peters and Miss Nettie, not horrible Aunt Emily. Lucinda more or less has the run of the neighborhood, meeting anyone and everyone she finds on the street. Her freedom is what allows the book to seemingly take us back to our own childhood. If only we could be free and creative like Lucinda. A very well-written Newbery from 1936.

    13. What a weird little book. Part of the early Newbery canon, Roller Skates continues the trend of pre-1940s-winning what-the-fuckery. With no plot whatsoever, the book merely follows the whims of impish Lucinda, who skates all around 1890s Manhattan, making friends and generally being a busybody. Where are her parents during all this? In Italy. They’ve left their child with a woman named Miss Peters, whose relationship with the family is ill-defined at best. Lucinda insists that she’s now an o [...]

    14. 1937 Newbery MedalI can't figure out why I didn't like this book more. 2 Newbery Medals in one daya #nerdbery first?

    15. Some reason I didn't enjoy this. It was really difficult to read--at least when I read it is was. It was awhile ago. I probably should try to read it again and see what I can get out of it! ;)

    16. Newbery re-read. And one of the earliest Death by Newbery's. No real beginning, abrupt ending. But Lucinda's year basically along at age 10 in New York City in the 1890's is always fun and always fascinating. It is hard to believe the kind of freedom she had at 10, that kid's these days barely have at 16. And the people she meets, the friends she makes all feel real. And we get to see what minorities look like to someone of the day. Pleasant and interesting if not insightful. 3.5 of 5.

    17. Lucy is an extremely amusing, well-meaning and congenial girl, and OK, I admit it, the plot made me cry at the end. Warmly recommended for all over the age of ten. I've ordered the sequel, "The Year of Jubilo".

    18. Notes I took while reading:Why are we supposed to care about a story the narrator in the beginning has completely forgotten about?!?!? Why even begin the book that way?!I agree with others’ comments – Lucinda seems much, much older than ten. I mean, seriously, she’s commenting on the nationalities of her previous nannies?At first, I agreed heavily with KT – Lucinda is disgustingly optimistic about everything, but as the book went on, I started to like her optimism, it really helped me se [...]

    19. Had a very hard tome getting through this one. The main character, Lucinda, is likeable enough, but there just wasn't enough depth to make me care. I don't see this book resonating with young readers in this day and age. There are many literary references that only a reader as precocious as Lucinda would be able to grasp. She is 10 years old, but there are probably few 10-year-olds who would understand the many references to clothing, literature, culture, or the meanings of colloquial expression [...]

    20. I sort of liked this book, since it appealed a bit to my love of old-fashioned settings in books, but it was by no means my favorite Newbery Medal book. I like the idyllic atmosphere of the book, but at times I found my interest in it fading. The protagonist, 10 year old Lucinda, is staying with some relatives(or family friends; I forget which)in New York, where she makes many friends, young and old alike. As nice as this storyline sounds, it tends to become repetitious, and I think the characte [...]

    21. Wealthy, 10-year old Lucinda is “orphaned,” as she joyfully calls it, for a year with two spinster teachers while her parents travel to Italy for her mother’s health. Right away, you know you’re not in 2014 anymore. A bigger clue is that she is totally free to explore her environs—New York City of the 1890’s—on her beloved roller skates. Her guardians ask only that she leave them a note when she arrives home from school each mid-afternoon (also via skates), telling them where she t [...]

    22. I was delighted to open this book and find Lucinda pop exuberantly off the page. Then came the cab driver Patrick Gilligan, gentle Miss Nettie, Tony and his fruit stand, friendly Mr. Night Owl, and Uncle Earle with his twinkling eyes and fatherly affection. It was a wide-ranging, motley cast of characters who were lively and immediately likable. The stage was set and waiting. A hundred pages in, I was still waiting. The book ended while I was still wondering and waiting. Where was the plot? True [...]

    23. Will I ever start another Newbery review with a sentiment other than, "I have mixed feelings about this one"? Probably not. This book has a couple of winning features: Lucinda is a star of a heroine, with her roller skates, "tantrums," and open, affectionate nature; the setting in 1890's Manhattan is truly a joy to read about; many of the (myriad) minor characters are engaging as well. What this book lacks is plot restraint. I am all for kidlit that shies away from the traditional narrative curv [...]

    24. This book wasn’t an unpleasant read. At times it was really fun. It was just kind of random. Lucinda is a tomboy growing up in the late 19th century, which is a story that has been written again and again and again. (Caddie Woodlawn, which won the Newbery the year that Roller Skates was published immediately comes to mind). Instead of putting the tomboy on a farm this time, she grows in in New York City. Lucinda makes a lot of friends, in the city, and that’s basically the story. In order to [...]

    25. Charming window on 1890's New York. Interesting behind the scenes, super-loud message that the ten year old heroine's childhood with her wealthy socialite parents, is close to abusive. THis is because she is both excessively controlled and neglected. And yet this abuse story is not told directly but, rather as the shadowy frame around a single year in Lucinda's life--the year her parents leave her with a school teacher and the teacher's sister, to go off to Italy. (Right there--how much can they [...]

    26. I read this as a child and loved it. I enjoyed reading it again. Set in NY in the 1890's. A young girl is left with one of her school teachers while her parents travel to Italy for her mother's health. She is a feisty, lovable character and enjoys the unusual freedom of life without servants and governess. She makes friends with everyone, and helps those she can. A sweet, old fashioned story.2017Read it with the kids as part of our goal to read all the Newbery Award books. Very enjoyable. E said [...]

    27. I first read this in middle school in about 1974 and really enjoyed it. It was a glimpse into a totally unknown life for me: New York City in the 1890s, when little girls could safely walk (or skate) to school alone or spend the day in the park with another child friend, make adult friends and visit them, etc. Lucinda lives a rather privileged existence, but she doesn't realise it, and it doesn't make her afraid to make friends with anyone from the policeman on the beat to the fruit-seller's son [...]

    28. I'm enjoying this book--smiling just thinking of it!I love this beautiful story set in the long-ago safe environment of a city. I love how Lucinda knows what she wants--and so often, what is good and right for her. I love that she is able to be so incredibly independent--and how she negotiates with her supervising adults. I love how she loves and cares so deeply for those around her.I really don't mind if this scenario was never reality. It's beautiful to live in Lucinda's world for a while--eve [...]

    29. Just, no. Maybe if I'd read it as a kid, when I would maybe not be bothered by how twee and precocious Lucinda is. Maybe. But, as an adult reader, I kind of can't stand her. Or the way this story romanticizes poverty, seeing it as a lark for the progressive young white girl and all the people of other classes and ethnicities only exist to teach her lessons or giver her life meaning. And, once that lesson has been learned, they're free to just exit stage left in the most offhanded of ways. Blergh [...]

    30. I rarely hate a book, and have never given a 1 star review, butWorst Newbery Award Book I've ever read. I struggled to make myself finish it, hoping some sort of plot twist would make it worthy to no avail. I normally would just put a book aside if it didn't keep my interest (although I've only ever done this a total of 4 or 5 times in my life), but wanted to finish it since it was an award winner. There was not really much of an overlying story or plot. It was just day to day nonsense in my opi [...]

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