Rosie in New York City by Carol Matas

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Internationally acclaimed author Carol Matas introduces us to eleven-year old Rosie, a spirited redhead with spunk and a whole lot of charm. Rosie’s three-book story begins in New York in 1910, where her main concerns are winning ring-a-levio, going to school and staying out of trouble. But when Mama falls ill with pneumonia and Papa throws all the family’s saving into the nickelodeon business, the burden of caring for her family falls on Rosie’s shoulders. Rosie is able to pass for sixteen, so she lies about her age to take Mama’s place sewing sleeves at a shirtwaist factory. But working conditions are horrible. The girls are fined for nearly anything—even humming while they work! It’s no wonder Rosie’s mother had been working so hard to try to make changes in the workplace. Soon there’s a buzz about a huge strike. Here’s a chance for Rosie to do the right thing for her mama and thousands of girls. But it might mean that her family will go hungry for as long as the strike lasts. Unable to say no to a righteous cause, Rosie joins the strike – behind her parents’ backs. When they find out, they are angry but it doesn’t take long for them to forgive – and for Rosie to realize powerful lessons about friendship, honesty, doing the right thing and how to stay out of trouble! The first book ends with Papa announcing they are going to be moving to Chicago. Rosie will have to make a whole new group of friends and adjust to a new city. But her indomitable spirit is up to it. An entertaining and educational story of a different time, different values, different and often bigger challenges in a child’s life. (April 2003)

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Carol Matas is an acclaimed author of more than 40 books for children and young adults. Her work covers the gamut of genres, from historical fiction to fantasy, science fiction to contemporary. Her best-selling books have won numerous awards and been published all over the world in more than a dozen languages. Carol hopes that "When I Die" will bring comfort to children of all ages and to their parents. Carol lives in Winnipeg, Canada, with her husband, poet and dramaturge Per K. Brask, and their American Indian dog, Kokopelli.
Published June 1, 2003 by Perfection Learning. 144 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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