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Puffin Books, Dec 1, 1994 - Juvenile Fiction - 182 pages
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From two-time Newbery award-winning author Katherine Paterson.

When Lyddie and her younger brother are hired out as servants to help pay off their family farm's debts, Lyddie is determined to find a way to reunite her family once again. Hearing about all the money a girl can make working in 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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"Rich in historical detail...a superb story of grit, determination, and personal growth." --The Horn Book, starred review

"Lyddie is full of life, full of lives, full of reality." --The New York Times Book Review

An ALA Notable Book
An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
Booklist Editor's Choice
American Bookseller "Pick of the Lists"
School Library Journal Best Book 
Parents magazine Best Book

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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  - ❤ Nikki - Goodreads

Lyddie was a wonderful book I really wish to read again. I had first thought it was boring and meaningless who wouldn't since it was assigned by my English teacher. But my perspective completely ... 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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