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Title:
Lyddie
Author:
Paterson, Katherine.
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Publication Information:
New York, N.Y., U.S.A. : Puffin Books, 1992.

©1991
Physical Description:
182 pages ; 18 cm
Summary:
Impoverished Vermont farm girl Lyddie Worthen is determined to gain her independence by becoming a factory worker in Lowell, Massachusetts, in the 1840s.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
860 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.6 9.0 6024.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 6.5 11 Quiz: 07175 Guided reading level: U.
ISBN:
9780140349818
Format :
Book

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A powerful work of historical ficiton from multi-award-winning author Katherine Paterson

When Lyddie and her younger brother are hired out as servants to help pay off their family's farm debts, Lyddie is determined to find a way to reunite her family once again. Hearing about all the money a girl can make working at 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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Author Notes

Katherine Paterson was born in Qing Jiang, Jiangsu, China in 1932. She attended King College in Bristol, Tennessee and then graduate school in Virginia where she studied Bible and Christian education.

Before going to graduate school, she was a teacher for one year and after graduate school, she moved to Japan to be a missionary.

Her first book, Sign of the Chrysanthemum was published in 1991. Other titles to follow included The Bridge to Terabithia and Jacod Have I Loved which both won her a Newbery Award, The Great Gilly Hopkins, Lyddie and The Master Puppeteer.

In addition to the Newbery Award, she is the recipient of numerous others including the Scott O'Dell Award, the National Book Award for Children's Literature, the American Book Award, the American Library Association's Best Books for Young Adults Award and the New York Times Outstanding Books of the Year Award. She was also honored with the Hans Christian Anderson Award.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

In 1843, three years after her father abandons his failing Vermont farm, 10-year-old Lyddie and her younger brother Charles are hired out as servants, while Mama and the two youngest children go off to live with relatives. After spending a grueling year working in a tavern, Lyddie flees to Lowell, Mass., in hopes of finding a better job that will provide enough income to pay off farm debts and allow the family to be reunited. Life continues to be a struggle after she is employed in a cloth factory, but Lyddie finds refuge from wretched working conditions by burying herself in books. Learning that she cannot return home--the family farm has been sold to Quaker neighbors--the girl is seized by a burning desire to gain independence by attending college. Readers will sympathize with Lyddie's hardships and admire her determination to create a better life for herself. Paterson ( The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks ) clearly depicts the effects of poverty during the 19th century, focusing on the plight of factory workers enslaved by their dismal jobs. Impeccably researched and expertly crafted, this book is sure to satisfy those interested in America's industrialization period. Ages 10-14. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-9--Laboring in an 1840s Massachusetts mill, young Lyddie endures vile working conditions, loneliness, illness, and inequality, yet experiences an intellectual and spiritual awakening that allows her to confront her own potential. Strong characterization and a solid sense of time and place. (Feb. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

1 The Bearp. 1
2 Kindly Friendsp. 10
3 Cutler's Tavernp. 18
4 Frog in a Butter Churnp. 27
5 Going Homep. 35
6 Ezekialp. 39
7 South to Freedomp. 46
8 Number Five, Concord Corporationp. 52
9 The Weaving Roomp. 62
10 Oliverp. 74
11 The Admirable Choicep. 79
12 I Will Not Be a Slavep. 86
13 Speed Upp. 94
14 Ills and Petitionsp. 106
15 Rachelp. 117
16 Feverp. 127
17 Dofferp. 131
18 Charlie at Lastp. 141
19 Dianap. 148
20 B Is for Brigidp. 155
21 Turpitudep. 162
22 Farewellp. 169
23 Vermont, November 1846p. 177