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In the Fall of 1918, eleven year-old Lydia Pierce and her fourteen year-old brother, Daniel, find themselves suddenly orphaned by the Spanish flu epidemic. Their grieving uncle takes them from their home in Portland, Maine to be raised in the Shaker community, where they are separated since males and females are not permitted to live together. Lydia, a fiercely independent girl, is forced to adjust to her new life and the restrictions placed upon her all on her own.

©2011 Lois Lowry (P)2011 Scholastic, Inc.

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great historical fiction

An excellent performance. Such a lovely story. I quite enjoyed epilogue too! A story for many ages to enjoy!

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  • Kerry
  • Massachusetts
  • 11-02-16

Great read

I loved that the author used mostly real characters and actual dates. I'm a nerd and love stuff like that. I'm going to go do the tour it soon hopefully as I'm from Massachusetts.

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  • Adonis
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  • 07-17-15

Enjoyable and Educational!

What did you love best about Dear America: Like the Willow Tree?

I found this story about a little girl coming into the Shaker community to be fascinating! It was beautifully written by Louis Lowry, and Lydia's perspective was lively and soulful. I learned a lot from this book, and was left with a curiosity that has me further researching the Shaker Faith and Community.

What other book might you compare Dear America: Like the Willow Tree to and why?

This book holds it's own with so many of the other Dear America stories. Educational and moving!

What does Sara Barnett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The narration was beautifully done. I wouldn't have experienced how deeply Lydia felt and expressed things without the expression of Sara Barnett. She was magical to listen to!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

It was moving to see Lydia's rock family grow!

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One of my favorite audiobooks to date!

Where does Dear America: Like the Willow Tree rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's one of my favorites. Due to its short time but great, and heart-warming story, I've gotten to enjoy it many times.

What about Sara Barnett’s performance did you like?

The reading was realistic and an easy listen. I just enjoy it.

Any additional comments?

It's a short book but it's very good. I've always enjoyed books about different American religious groups, and also historical fiction, which this book combines. It's out of my usual time period I like to listen to, and on a much lower reading level, but it's still a joy to listen to. Perfect for a car ride.