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Lily's Crossing by Patricia Reilly Giff

Lily's Crossing (1997)

by Patricia Reilly Giff

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this book hasa point of view of a lonely child (girl) during world war 2 who has to find a friend and get thru the summer in her beach house with her very grumpy grandmother ( )
  tarallen14 | Jan 20, 2015 |
Good chapter book to include in a lesson on World War II. Provides different perspective from what students are used to seeing/reading about.
  Climbing-books | Dec 18, 2014 |
Beautiful, timeless story of friendship! ( )
  Nancy.Castaldo | Nov 3, 2014 |
Nice book about friendship. ( )
  OliviaGarcia | Jul 24, 2014 |

Lily is going through tough times during World War II. Her father has to go to Germany. Lily's best friend also leaves due to the war. She meets on unlikely friend, Albert.

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Being a military wife I can relate to this story. It is hard when the people you love have to leave due to war. It leaves you feeling alone. I can also relate to having to make all new friends because of this too.


1) Show maps and pictures and discuss WWII
2) Write a letter from one character to another
  megblack | Apr 27, 2014 |
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Hazel Rochman (Booklist, February 1, 1997 (Vol. 93, No. 11))
With wry comedy and intense feeling, and without intrusive historical detail, Giff gets across a strong sense of what it was like on the home front during World War II. Lily makes up stories about her involvement with spies, submarines, and anti-Nazi plots in her small seaside town in 1944, but underlying her melodrama and lies is grief for her dead mother. When Lily's father has to leave to fight in France, she is so hurt and furious that she refuses even to say good-bye to him. As she gets to know Albert, an orphaned Hungarian refugee, she learns about his secret anguish: he is guilt-stricken about the younger sister he left behind (he, also, didn't say good-bye), and he is determined, somehow, to cross the ocean and find her. The happy ending, when Lily's father finds Albert's sister in France, is too contrived, but the reunion scenes at home are heartbreaking. The friendship story is beautifully drawn: both Lily and Albert are wary, reluctant, and needy; they quarrel as much as they bond, and in the end, they help each other to be brave. Category: Middle Readers. 1997, Delacorte, $14.95. Gr. 5-8.

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CCBC (Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices, 1997)
Although Lily generally looks forward to spending the summer at her family's vacation home in Rockaway, the summer of 1944 is different. For one thing, her best friend Margaret has moved away for the summer and, for another, her father has gone to fight in the War. Left with just her stern grandmother for company, lonely Lily tries to make friends with the only person close to her own age: Albert, a Hungarian refugee spending the summer in Rockaway. Lily initiates the friendship with a lie by telling Albert she is planning to swim to a ship that will take her to Europe so that she can find her father. She promises Albert that he can join her. As their friendship grows throughout the summer, so, too, does the lie and Lily simply doesn't know how to stop it before it leads to tragedy. Details of time and place are skillfully interwoven into a story that features well-rounded, believable characters. Throughout, Giff provides plenty of dramatic tension by contrasting Lily's private thoughts with her public actions, until she is ultimately able to merge the two in Lily's powerful crossing into adolescence. CCBC categories: Fiction for Children; Historical People, Places and Events. 1997, Delacorte, 180 pages, $14.95. Ages 9-14.

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For Jim, and for the people I loved in St. Albans and Rockaway...
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Lily Mollahan's bedroom was at the top of the stairs, the only one on the second floor.
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Lily's blissful summer of 1944 comes to a rude halt when her father is drafted into the military. Left alone with her grandmother in the family's summer home in Rockaway, New York, Lily befriends Albert, a shy Hungarian refugee her own age. Narrator Mia Dillon convincingly conveys the emotional complexity of both children, capturing the urgency and doubt that arise from Lily's internal dialogue and providing a sensitive portrayal of Albert, complete with Hungarian accent. Albert's tentativeness and sorrow are apparent to the listener long before Lily can fully understand his painful experiences in war-torn Europe. Dillon establishes the tension of the story early on, and consistently maintains the character and emotion of the respective players in this winner of the 1999 Audie Award for best children's production. (Running time: 3.5 hours, 3 cassettes) --Bryony Angell

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During a summer spent at Rockaway Beach in 1944, Lily's friendship with a young Hungarian refugee causes her to see the war and her own world differently.

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