The Staircase

Paperback | June 30, 2002

byAnn Rinaldi

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How could Lizzy Enders's father abandon her at a girls school run by nuns? She's surrounded by Catholics - but she's Methodist! Shunned by the other boarders, Lizzy befriends a wandering carpenter named Jose, who with just three tools - and unflagging faith - builds an elaborate spiral staircase in the new chapel in mere weeks. When he disappears without a trace, Lizzy realizes that the way she sees things is not always the way they are. Inspired by the legend of the miraculous" staircase in the Chapel of Loretto in Santa Fe, Ann Rinaldi skillfully blends the mystery surrounding the staircase's builder with the daily trials of a spunky thirteen-year-old girl growing up in the 1870s. "

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How could Lizzy Enders's father abandon her at a girls school run by nuns? She's surrounded by Catholics - but she's Methodist! Shunned by the other boarders, Lizzy befriends a wandering carpenter named Jose, who with just three tools - and unflagging faith - builds an elaborate spiral staircase in the new chapel in mere weeks. When he...

ANN RINALDI is an award-winning author best known for bringing history vividly to life. A self-made writer and newspaper columnist for twenty-one years, Ms. Rinaldi attributes her interest in history to her son, who enlisted her to take part in historical reenactments up and down the East Coast. She lives with her husband in central N...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 7 × 4.5 × 0.6 inPublished:June 30, 2002Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0152167889

ISBN - 13:9780152167882

Appropriate for ages: 10

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Rinaldi delivers another winning historical novel." - Publishers Weekly "Engrossing. . . . Thrumming with mini-adventures and vivid characters." - Kirkus Reviews "