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A compelling story about the importance of standing up for what is right
"I was almost home when I saw our new next-door neighbor, Miss Frances Willard, standing in front of her house. Oddly enough, she was holding on to a safety-bicycle!"
Lillie is having a difficult year. She's still struggling with her mother's recent death, and now her father has moved the family to the other side of town. But when Frances Willard-Lillie's new neighbor-decides to learn how to ride a bicycle, Lillie finds promising change all around her.
Even though her father disapproves of their progressive neighbor, Lillie and Miss Frances soon become friends. Miss Frances is involved in more than taming a wild bike, however; she is part of Susan B. Anthony's circle, fighting for the right for women to vote, as well as child-labor laws and better conditions for workers. Together, Lillie and Miss Frances take on their beasts-a bike and a daunting spelling bee-and find the will to dust themselves off, get back up, and ride for all they're worth.
Set in the late 1800s, this engaging novel skillfully blends fine storytelling with women's history.
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Jane Kurtz is the author of I'm Sorry, Almira Ann and many other books for children-picture books through young-adult fiction. She lives in Kansas.
Beth Peck has illustrated A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote, as well as other acclaimed books for young readers. She lives in Menomonie, Wisconsin, with her family.
Grade 3-6-When Lillie Applewood, still grieving for her dead mother, moves across town with her father and brother, she misses her friend Minerva and is insecure at school, particularly at the prospect of competing in the upcoming spelling bee. However, she is captivated by her new neighbor, labor and women's rights activist Frances Willard, who is determined to master the "safety," the popular new bicycle that is all the rage in the late 1800s. Reluctantly, Lillie's father allows her to spend time with scandalous Miss Frances, who shares her own experiences of growing up in defiance of Victorian attitudes about girls, raises Lillie's consciousness about social injustice, and helps her prepare for the spelling bee. In turn, Lillie reinforces Frances's determination to conquer the bicycle. Told in Lillie's distinctive voice, the novel is sprinkled liberally with details of life at the turn of the 19th century, and chapters begin with quotes from writings of the time, including Willard's own words. Black-and-white, full-page illustrations and small line drawings enhance the period flavor of the text. An author's note provides background on Frances Willard as well as on the suffrage and temperance movements and the bicycle. A flavorful slice of historical fiction.
Marie Orlando, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY
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