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Rosie in New York City: Gotcha!


Publisher:San Val, 2003


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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. Rosies 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 familys saving into the nickelodeon business, the burden of caring for her family falls on Rosies shoulders. Rosie is able to pass for sixteen, so she lies about her age to take Mamas place sewing sleeves at a shirtwaist factory. But working conditions are horrible. The girls are fined for nearly anythingeven humming while they work! Its no wonder Rosies mother had been working so hard to try to make changes in the workplace. Soon theres a buzz about a huge strike. Heres 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 doesnt 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 childs life. (April 2003)

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