Thursday, August 27, 2009

Review: Lily's Crossing by Patricia Reilly Giff

Book: Lily's Crossing by Patricia Reilly Giff (1998 Newbery Honor)

Genre: MG

Rating: A-

Lily is looking forward to a wonderful summer at Rockaway Beach, just like she does every summer. But things don't go as planned. First, her friend there has to move away because of her dad's war assignment. Then Lily's own dad gets a war assignment and sails away to no one knows where and she is left with only her grandmother who makes her practice the piano. Finally, a new boy moves in down the street who can't talk English too well and besides that, he's very sad and seems to have some sort of secret.

This is a great story on how WWII affected even the youngest of people, and how even though they didn't understand all that was going on, they understood enough. I think it's a perfect introduction to the stresses of the war for younger readers.

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  1. This is the type of story that I really like...thanks for the review!

  2. Something about that cover really grabbed my attention. I almost thought you were going to say in the synopsis that there's a drowning- because that's the first thing that came to my mind, her standing in the water.

  3. This reminds me of Number the Stars by Lois Lowry - have you read that one?

  4. Wonderful review. Your A- rating and the fact that it's a Newbury Honor book speak highly of it. And if it reminds Amanda of Number the Stars, I definitely want to read it.

  5. I've heard good things about this book. I'll get your review up on War Through the Generations soon. I'm playing catch up on that site.

    Diary of an Eccentric



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