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Overview Lyddie Worthen, an impoverished Vermont farm girl in the mid 1800s, becomes determined to gain her independence by becoming a factory worker in Lowell, Massachusetts, and endures harsh conditions while pursuing her dreams. Reprint.
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.
Citations And Professional Reviews Lyddie (A Puffin Novel) by Katherine Paterson has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
School Library Journal - 09/01/1997
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2001 page 508
Publishers Weekly - 12/12/1994
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 8" Weight: 0.35 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 1995
ISBN 0140373896 ISBN13 9780140373899 UPC 051488005995
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More About Katherine Paterson
Katherine Paterson is the author of more than 30 books, including 16 novels for children and young people. She has twice won the Newbery Medal, forBridge to Terabithiain 1978 andJacob Have I Lovedin 1981.The Master Puppeteerwon the National Book Award in 1977 andThe Great Gilly Hopkinswon the National Book Award in 1979 and was also a Newbery Honor Book. For the body of her work she received the Hans Christian Anderson Award in 1998, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in 2006, and in 2000 was named a Living Legend by the Library of Congress. She is a vice-president of theNational Children s Book and Literacy Allianceand is a member of the board of trustees forVermont College of Fine Arts. She is also a honorary lifetime member of theInternational Board of Books for Young Peopleand an Alida Cutts lifetime member of the US section, USBBY. She is the 2010-2011National Ambassador for Young People s Literature."
Katherine Paterson currently resides in Barre, in the state of Vermont.
Reviews - What do customers think about Lyddie (A Puffin Novel)?
Lyddie- a review by Kelsey May 27, 2006
Lyddie is a very poor farm girl who has a crazed mother who believes everything to be a bad sign. Her and her brother Charlie are very close and will do anything for each other. When a bear intrudes on the family Lyddie's mother takes it as a bad sign. She takes her youngest children to her sisters house and leaves Charlie and lyddie to take care of the farm. They end up surviving the winter only to find out their mother has found separate jobs for them. The children reluctantly leave each other as they set out for their jobs. Lyddie is to work in a inn where she gets payed about fifty cents a week. While working at the inn Lyddie gets her chance to change her life. Lyddie goes to work at a factory. Lyddie is known as "close to her money and her friendships" but you will never learn of someone who works harder.
Lyddie finally learns there are many things wrong with the world then and are still major problems today. First, that women are not treated equally. She goes through what seems like a very long journey to learn all the lessons that she ends up learning in this book. I liked this book a lot. It taught me how to react to different things and that we should give everyone a chance no matter what race or religion they are. This book gave me a perspective which I couldn't see before and it wasn't a really big change I saw once I had read it but it did effect me when I saw what men thought of women back then. I think people should read this book just because it has an interesting plot line and can teach you different things you didn't think you could learn from this kind of book.
baanderson bookworm Apr 4, 2006
For students in the middle grades or higher, Lyddie is a great read. It is a valuable resource for a social studies unit on slavery, the industrial revolution, the labor movement, yellow fever, or child labor. Lyddie is a symbol of strength, determination, and freedom. Paterson has created a strong central character and even though so much history is going on around her, it is on Lyddie that we continually focus our attention. I highly recommend book; very inspiring.
"we can still hop." Feb 25, 2006
Paterson doesn't miss with this great historical fiction about a young girl's struggles. This is a great girl adventure book about dashing hopes and the strength and will to endure at all costs. The portrait of Vermont farm life and Lowell Mill girls and workers rights during the 1800s is dead on. This is great read and a great teaching tool.
Lyddie Jan 23, 2006
Lyddie, written by Catherine Patterson was a well-written book by an excellent author, but if you like happy fairy tales this is not the book for you. This is a historical fiction novel about a girl who is working in a factory, in order to raise money to help keep her family together. Her factory life is horrible yet she struggles onward in order to save her family. You get caught up in wanting to help her through. Somehow she works it out yet there is never complete happiness within her. I personally did not like this book very much because of the sadness and disappointments in Lyddie's life. It was a very well written book as a whole though. If you enjoy historically accurate and heartfelt novels, I suggest you read this book.
Excellent Book Jan 12, 2006
Lyddie is beautifully and precisely written and features an incredibly strong sense of place and time. The narrative is constructed in parallel with the plot, the characterization is strong and the characters are all believable and appropriate to their role in the novel. It would be nearly impossible to improve this book.
The story of Lyddie is interesting, engaging, and compelling. The plot unfolds at the right pace with enough tension to preserve interest and enough exposition to give the right amount of texture. This historical elements are precise and interesting--the most memorable portions of the narrative are a fusion of the story with the historical time and place. Factory life and social life descriptions are fascinating and convincing.
This short novel is usually classified as "juvenile" fiction, which is perhaps appropriate in many ways. But don't let that keep you from reading and enjoying this incredible novel. No matter your age, it will be an engaging and memorable read.