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Publisher's Summary

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.

An ALA Notable Book

An ALA Best Book for Young Adults

A Booklist Editor's Choice

American Bookseller "Pick of the Lists"

School Library Journal Best Book

Parents magazine Best Book

©2017 Katherine Paterson (P)2017 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

"Rich in historical detail...a superb story of grit, determination, and personal growth." (The Horn Book)

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Could not put it down!

The sort of book that just makes you feel good inside outside and just all over. Don't hesitate to read this book. Ever. I could not put it down!

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I had to read it for class, but I didn't mind

I had to read this for a grad level education class. It was okay. I wasn't sorry that I had to read it.

It's personal for the main character, Lyddie. It does deal with several topics that could be explosive, slavery, abolitionism, child labor, poor working conditions, and death but they are just part of the world the way Lyddie speaks of them and interacts with them.

This book isn't making any political statements, it's very coming of age. It's simple and engaging.

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Beautiful story

A beautiful story that takes place in the 1800. I really enjoyed learning about this time period. Lyddie was such an amazing girl. Loved it and a must read.

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Beast storry I've read.

Lyddie uses a re-occuring scene throughout the book. I wish the book was longer so I knew what was to happen in Lyddie's future. This book was so enjoyable, and the narrator showed great emotion.

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A great story of triumph and coming of age.

Listened to this starting in an afternoon until way too late into the night (morning) because I didn't want to stop.

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Fantastic.

Great book for my 14, 13, and 11 year old. I would highly recommend it.