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Lily's Crossing (1997)

by Patricia Reilly Giff

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  BRCSBooks | Sep 23, 2013 |
This was one of my childhood favorites. Lilly's Crossing provides a young girl's perspective of WW II--making it a nice leisure read for kids studying or interested in learning more about WW II. The story and character dialogue is entertaining, yet informative and educational. ( )
  GlitteratureGeek | May 3, 2013 |
World War II changes Lily’s life the summer of 1944; her father is sent to Germany, her best friend moves away, and Lily is left to spend her summer without them. While dealing with the loss of her father and friend, Lily finds solace in an unlikely friend, Albert a refugee from Hungary. Together they deal with their losses and fears and in the process form a bond that lasts a lifetime. ( )
  ashoemak | Jan 17, 2013 |
Lily, an eleven-year-old girl with a life full of happiness, is living through the tough times of World War II. Her father has to move away to help strengthen America in the war. Every summer Lily goes to the beach with her friends but not the summer that her father leaves. Lily's best friend has to go away with her family because her family has to help out with the war. Just when Lily thinks that her life is ruined, she suddenly meets a boy named Albert.
 This book shows how important friendship can be. Lily is an amazing girl who shares her wonderful world with everyone. Her story can help many people during rough times with because she teaches people to never give up. When Lily realizes that her best friend must move away, she feels miserable. The war helps Lily grow closer to her friends and family during difficult times I would use this book to help spark an interest in the history especially during WWII. It would be a fun way to incorporate both a history class and an english class. I would suggest it for students ages 9 and above. ( )
  kelseymajor | Sep 12, 2012 |
Newbery Honor. RGG: A young girl spends the summer at the beach dealing with the impact of World War II on her and her friends. Sweet, easy read.
  rgruberexcel | Sep 3, 2012 |
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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.

added by kthomp25 | editBooklist, Hazel Rochman (Feb 1, 1997)
 
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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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0440414539, Paperback)

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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