It is 1910 and the fight for votes for women is gathering momentum, with weekly protests and meetings.
Letty Pegg lives at home with her middle class mother who is very involved in the suffragette movement, and her working class, hardworking father who is a policeman. She also has to cope with a very fastidious and Edwardian Grandmother.
Letty has problems fitting in at school, and the relief teacher Mr Metcalf is a bit of dragon so she asks her parents for some roller skates so she can go out with some of the girls in her class.
Following a Suffragette protest when her mother gets arrested, Letty makes some interesting new friends who want to teach her a new skill. A martial art called Jiu Jitsu. Then she can protect herself at the protests. So she uses the skates to hid the Jiu Jitsu classes from her parents. But making new friends and learning new skills at the dojo and enjoying her “roller skating ” on a Tuesday and Thursday leads to all sorts of problems.
I really enjoyed this well researched book. The only problem I had at the beginning was trying to work out when it was set. We only discover it’s 1910 further on in the story. The Jiu-jitsu references are also well described. The author Iszi Lawrence is a purple belt in the martial art. This should be essential reading for Year 4 – 6 at primary school. What the suffragettes did 100 years ago, so we could go to a polling station and vote, should not be forgotten.
I was given this book by the publisher for a frank and honest review.