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Puffin Books, Dec 1, 1994 - Juvenile Fiction - 182 pages
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Her parents are gone, and her brother and sisters sent to live with other people. Lyddie Worthen is on her own. When Lyddie hears about the mill jobs in Lowell, Massachusetts, she heads there with the goal of earning enough money to reunite her family. Six days a week from dawn to dusk Lyddie and the other girls run weaving looms in the murky dust - and lint-filled factory. Lyddie learns to read - and to handle the menacing overseer. But when the working conditions begin to affect her friends' health, she has to make a choice. Will she speak up for better working conditions and risk her job - and her dream? Or will she stay quiet until it is perhaps too late?

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User Review  - Moe - Goodreads

The name Lyddie in this book boasted words like Work, Family, and Determination. Lyddie wanted to get enough money to pay off the debts on the farm. This is all I needed to know in the first chapter ... Read full review

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User Review  - Caitlin - Goodreads

I really wish I had read this when I was in middle school because I know I would have loved it. Anyone who enjoyed books like Catherine, Called Birdy and A Picture of Freedom: The Diary of Clotee, a ... Read full review


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Katherine Paterson has written numerous children's book including Lyddie, The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks, and Jip, His Story. Her books have received much acclaim and been published world-wide. Among her many literary honors are two Newbery Medals and two National Book Awards. She received the 1998 Hans Christian Andersen Medal as well as the 2006 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award for the body of her work. She lives with her husband, John, in Barre, Vermont. They have four children and seven grandchildren.

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