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Lily's Crossing (Yearling Newbery)

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ISBN13: 9780440414537
ISBN10: 0440414539
Condition: Standard
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Publisher Comments:

An exceptionally moving story of triumph against all odds set during World War 2, from the acclaimed author of Jeffersons Sons and for fans of Number the Stars.

 

Nine-year-old Ada has never left her one-room apartment. Her mother is too humiliated by Adas twisted foot to let her outside. So when her little brother Jamie is shipped out of London to escape the war, Ada doesnt waste a minute—she sneaks out to join him.

 

So begins a new adventure of Ada, and for Susan Smith, the woman who is forced to take the two kids in. As Ada teaches herself to ride a pony, learns to read, and watches for German spies, she begins to trust Susan—and Susan begins to love Ada and Jamie. But in the end, will their bond be enough to hold them together through wartime? Or will Ada and her brother fall back into the cruel hands of their mother?

 

This masterful work of historical fiction is equal parts adventure and a moving tale of family and identity—a classic in the making.

Review:

"Details...are woven with great effect into a realistic story." The Horn Book Magazine (Starred Review)

Review:

"Exceptional characterizations and a robust story line...this has all the ingredients that best reward readers." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Brilliantly told." The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"With wry comedy and intense feeling...Giff gets across a strong sense of what it was like on the home front during World War II...The friendship story is beautifully drawn." Booklist

Synopsis:

Cold War anxieties play out in a sensitively told story set during the Cuban missile crisis in the 1960s, perfect for fans of Gary Schmidt and Kristin Levine. 

Joanna cant get over how her brother broke his promise to never leave like their dad did. Sam is thousands of miles away on a navy ship, and no matter how often he sends letters, Joanna refuses to write back. When she makes a promise, she keeps it.

But then President Kennedy comes on TV with frightening news about Soviet missiles in Cuba—and thats where Sams heading. Suddenly Joannas worries about being home alone, building up the courage to talk to a cute boy, and not being allowed to go to the first boy-girl party in her grade dont seem so important. Maybe sometimes there are good reasons to break a promise.

The tense timeline of the Cuban missile crisis unfolds alongside a powerful, and ultimately hopeful, story about what it means to grow up in a world full of uncertainty.

Synopsis:

As in years past, Lily will spend the summer in Rockaway, in her family's house by the Atlantic Ocean. But this summer of 1944, World War II has changed everyone's life. Lily's best friend, Margaret, has moved to a wartime factory town and Lily's father is going overseas to the war. There's no one Lily's age in Rockaway until Albert comes, a refugee from Hungary with a secret sewn into his coat. Albert has lost his family in the war; he's been through things Lily can't imagine. But soon they form a friendship. They have secrets to share. They both have told lies, and Lily has told a lie that may cost Albert his life. An ALA Notable Book and a "Boston Globe-Horn Book" Honor Book.

About the Author

Gayle Rosengren grew up in Chicago. Like Joanna in Cold War on Maplewood Street, she enjoyed school, was a voracious reader, and loved dogs and horses. She attended Knox College, where she majored in creative writing and was the editor of the literary magazine. Gayle never outgrew her passion for childrens books, and worked as a childrens and young adult librarian at Fountaindale Public Library in Bolingbrook, Illinois, for several years, enthusiastically sharing her love of books.

Gayle eventually moved to Wisconsin, but by then she was the mother of three children. She worked in a reference library and as a copyeditor, and she wrote short stories for children that appeared in Cricket, Ladybug, Jack and Jill, and Childrens Digest magazines. Now Gayle writes full-time just outside of Madison, Wisconsin, where she lives with her husband, Don, and their slightly neurotic rescue dog, Fiona. She is living her dream, she says, writing books she hopes will make the same difference in childrens lives as her favorite authors made in hers. Cold War on Maplewood Street is her second novel for young readers.

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3OH!3, February 11, 2009 (view all comments by 3OH!3)
While Lily Mollohan looks forward to the comforting routine of going to her summer cabin in Rockaway, the ten year-old girl feels the drastic impacts that World War II has on everyone. When Lily is left without her father or best friend, both of whom are involved in supporting the war, she resorts to befriending a Hungarian refugee, Albert.

Patricia Reilly Giff's concise paragraphs that flow together into the speech manner of a young child expertly describe the details in the book. I loved how I could almost feel the sun on my face at the sandy beach, or how I would feel humiliation deep inside as Lily first met Albert and he teased her about her disguise.

I also loved the swingy, up-beat vibe that Giff added as part of growing up in the 1940s. Even though the effects of war were felt, there were still songs mentioned that were full of brass and swing. I could feel like I was sitting in the living right next to Lily's Gram, listening to the radio and hoping for better news about the war.

However, Giff failed to intrigue the reader from the beginning. Lily's story did not start at Rockaway, but when she was packing. I thought that it didn't relate enough to the story and that it bored the reader. If the paragraphs were going to be swift and fast-paced for the rest of the story, the beginning should catch the reader in the same manner.

I believe Giff's style of writing might have had more impact if it started in the present and went back in time and told of Lily's memories of Rockaway. To have it in the present tense it seemed very childish and I thought it had a very low reading level.

Overall, I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars because I thought the reading level was a little too low for the potential Giff's topic could have had. I would recommend this novel for grades 5 or 6, but all the way up to grade 8 for analyzing the themes in the book, such as friendship or honesty.
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fiya_8306, January 4, 2007 (view all comments by fiya_8306)
lily's crossing is a superb novel as it provides all the stuff to teenagers. it has themes that are really effective. if reader gets deep in the novel, it makes him/her realize that life is not so simple. but it is not futile. the worth and value of family and friends is clearly stated in the novel.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780440414537
Author:
Giff, Patricia Reilly
Author:
Giff, Reilly
Author:
Giff, Patricia Reilly
Author:
Rosengren, Gayle
Author:
Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker
Publisher:
Yearling Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Girls & Women
Subject:
Friendship
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
Social Situations - Friendship
Subject:
Refugees
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - Historical
Subject:
Historical - United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Beaches
Subject:
Beaches -- Fiction.
Subject:
World War, 19
Subject:
Social Issues - Friendship
Subject:
Situations / Friendship
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction-U.S. 20th Century
Subject:
Historical - Europe
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series:
Yearling Newbery
Series Volume:
1177-3
Publication Date:
19990131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 3 up to 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
08-12

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Product details 320 pages Yearling Books - English 9780440414537 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Details...are woven with great effect into a realistic story."
"Review" by , "Exceptional characterizations and a robust story line...this has all the ingredients that best reward readers."
"Review" by , "Brilliantly told."
"Review" by , "With wry comedy and intense feeling...Giff gets across a strong sense of what it was like on the home front during World War II...The friendship story is beautifully drawn."
"Synopsis" by ,
Cold War anxieties play out in a sensitively told story set during the Cuban missile crisis in the 1960s, perfect for fans of Gary Schmidt and Kristin Levine. 

Joanna cant get over how her brother broke his promise to never leave like their dad did. Sam is thousands of miles away on a navy ship, and no matter how often he sends letters, Joanna refuses to write back. When she makes a promise, she keeps it.

But then President Kennedy comes on TV with frightening news about Soviet missiles in Cuba—and thats where Sams heading. Suddenly Joannas worries about being home alone, building up the courage to talk to a cute boy, and not being allowed to go to the first boy-girl party in her grade dont seem so important. Maybe sometimes there are good reasons to break a promise.

The tense timeline of the Cuban missile crisis unfolds alongside a powerful, and ultimately hopeful, story about what it means to grow up in a world full of uncertainty.

"Synopsis" by , As in years past, Lily will spend the summer in Rockaway, in her family's house by the Atlantic Ocean. But this summer of 1944, World War II has changed everyone's life. Lily's best friend, Margaret, has moved to a wartime factory town and Lily's father is going overseas to the war. There's no one Lily's age in Rockaway until Albert comes, a refugee from Hungary with a secret sewn into his coat. Albert has lost his family in the war; he's been through things Lily can't imagine. But soon they form a friendship. They have secrets to share. They both have told lies, and Lily has told a lie that may cost Albert his life. An ALA Notable Book and a "Boston Globe-Horn Book" Honor Book.
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