We decided to have a December book club meeting this year and this was the book that was chosen. This book was from 2006. It had a sweet heartfelt story of a little girl struggling with cancer who through her simple act of kindness changes the life of a homeless man and in return unexpectedly changes her whole life and future. It didn't make me cry, which is the reason that I normally steer clear of Kingsbury novels, for which I am glad but it was in fact a great pick for a Christmas story..
Rollar Skates is a Newberry Award winning novel. It was first published in 1936 and the story travels back to the late 1890's where Lucinda's very rich parents are traveliing to Italy for a year without her so she stays with two sisters in New York City. For the first time she has the freedom that she has never experienced before and doesn't have the social obligations of her class to worry about who she associates with. This and her pair of roller skates allows her to meet new people. She becomes friends with the son of the fruit vendor, a local policeman, and the taxi driver who first brought her to the sister's home. She also becomes friends with the wife of a businessman from her old home. This was Novembers pick for book club. It took me awhile to get into the story, but eventually the main character Lucinda grew on me. She had a heart of gold and wanted to help others and stand up for what is right. She develops a friendship with a small child who lives on the third floor of their house and when she realizes how poor they are, she makes sure that the girl in invited to supper with her and the sisters often. There was unexpected murder and sadness in the otherwise happy year of freedom for Lucinda. I can say that I enjoyed this read but it didn't make it to the top of my list of favorite children's novels.
This book was the October pick for book club. At first I didn't like it because a lot of, in my opinion, unlikely things happened to the main character who is a 9 year old runaway girl. It is told from her perspective. As the book continued though it was intriguing to see how her perception of her mother was no where near the reality of her mother. When they finally reached her mom, the little girl discovers that for herself.
This book was recommended to me by Dave. It is a fantasy book which is not my normal reading genre of choice but it turned out to be a nice break from my routine. This was an audio book which I started on my road trip to Florida in July and just finished this past Sunday on the way home from my Uncle's 90th birthday party.