Lyddie

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Puffin Books, 1991 - Juvenile Fiction - 182 pages
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A powerful work of historical ficiton from multi-award-winning author Katherine Paterson

When Lyddie and her younger brother are hired out as servants to help pay off their family's farm debts, Lyddie is determined to find a way to reunite her family once again. Hearing about all the money a girl can make working at the textile mills in Lowell, Massachusetts, she makes her way there, only to find that her dreams of returning home may never come true.

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User Review  - engpunk77 - LibraryThing

I LOATHED the first quarter of it, thought the rest of it was "okay" and then LOVED the ending, so I think this would calculate into a 2.5-star book. It's required reading for my 7th graders, and I am ... Read full review

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User Review  - wealhtheowwylfing - LibraryThing

Seeking a way out of the desperate poverty her family lives in, young Lyddie gets a job at one of the newly opened mills. A really fantastic way to get children to understand labor laws, unions, and the industrial revolution. Read full review

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Contents

Turpitude
162
Farewell
169
Vermont November 1846
177
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About the author (1991)

Katherine Paterson was born in Qing Jiang, Jiangsu, China in 1932. She attended King College in Bristol, Tennessee and then graduate school in Virginia where she studied Bible and Christian education. Before going to graduate school, she was a teacher for one year and after graduate school, she moved to Japan to be a missionary. Her first book, Sign of the Chrysanthemum was published in 1991. Other titles to follow included The Bridge to Terabithia and Jacod Have I Loved which both won her a Newbery Award, The Great Gilly Hopkins, Lyddie and The Master Puppeteer. In addition to the Newbery Award, she is the recipient of numerous others including the Scott O'Dell Award, the National Book Award for Children's Literature, the American Book Award, the American Library Association's Best Books for Young Adults Award and the New York Times Outstanding Books of the Year Award. She was also honored with the Hans Christian Anderson Award.