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The Bigger Book of Lydia Paperback – March 22, 2001

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"A combination family, coming-of-age, and friendship story...laced with wit." -- ALA Booklist

About the Author

Margaret Willey is the author of seven young adult novels and two picture books. The Bigger Book of Lydia was her first novel.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (March 22, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 059517700X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595177004
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,925,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Margaret Willey grew up in a lakeside town in Michigan, the eldest daughter in a family of eleven children. Reading stories and poems to her younger brothers and sisters led her to a life of writing stories and poems for young readers. She is the author of many young adult novels, most recently BEETLE BOY (Carolrhoda Lab, 2014) as well as FOUR SECRETS (Carolrhoda Lab 2012). She has also written picture books with an emphasis on folktales. She is the author of the CLEVER BEATRICE series, as well as THE 3 BEARS AND GOLDILOCKS (Atheneum 2008). She has received many honors for her books, including The Charlotte Zolotow Award and the Anne Izard Storytellers Choice Award. In 2010 she was given the GWEN FROSTIC AWARD from the Michigan Reading Association, an award for impacting literacy in her state. She continues to write for both teens and younger readers. Her novel BEETLE BOY was a 2014 IndieFab Finalist and an Honor Book in the category of Children's Fiction from the Society of Midland Authors. Find out more about Margaret at www.margaretwilley.com

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rachel on July 11, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I had this book sitting on my shelf for a long time when one day I picked it up and read it--and was moved by Lydia and Michelle's plight as they struggled to find happiness with their own body size. Many unanswered questions gave the book a less preachy feel (such as why Michelle stopped eating), and I thought it dealt with anorexia in a very normal, unbiased way. The story was enjoyable, and though the ending wasn't satisfying, I felt satisfied with the book as a whole. This is a book for anyone who is insecure about themselves. I highly recommend it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 8, 1997
Format: Hardcover
I read this book, about a girl who is stuggling with the fact that she's so small, while her cousin is battling anorexia, when I was 11 years old. It had a profound affect on me. Fifteen years later, I find myself thinking back on it frequently. This book is for anyone who has ever been unhappy with what or who they are
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A Kid's Review on November 12, 2002
Format: Paperback
The Bigger Book of Lydia, by Margaret Willey is a compelling book full of vivid descriptions, unique comparisons, and lively characters. The story is about two very different girls who bond and become friends. I really enjoyed the characters in this book because they all tied into each other to create a refreshing change of pace from a lot of other books. The author used wonderful writing style to enhance the picture the plot created. The bigger book of Lydia captures the torment of being different, and through well-developed characters, turns it into a pride that you are different from other people.
In the beginning of the book, Lydia, the main character complains of being way smaller and different from her classmates and other people. She is fed up with the teasing she gets from other kids and call her "Littlebit" and "Teeny", and she starts to despise school. In her desperation, Lydia creates a journal recording which foods will make her grow, and what vitamins to take. She becomes more and more sick of her complicated life and idiot boyfriend, and turns to painting to ease her mind.
When summer comes, Lydia and her family receive a phone call from her cruel uncle who is sending his daughter, Michelle, who has an eating disorder to live with Lydia and her family. When the two girls meet, they are amazed how different from each other they both are, but cautiously build a friendship. The two girls share stories and become better and better friends.
As both of the girls become wrapped up in there eating habits (Lydia is now eating too much, and Michelle is eating too little) they begin to become more and more depressed until they realize that if they turn to each other for support, they can get over their problems.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By jalper@ix.netcom.com on December 6, 1997
Format: Paperback
A sad story about one little girl trying to gain weight, and her meeting with a young anorexic. We see here both girls desires to change their appearence, and it reminds you that being a teen-ager in high school really sucks.
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Format: Paperback
This book has stuck with me since reading it as a young woman, and I'd recommend it for any girl in junior high - it explores a relationship between two teen girls who likely wouldn't be friends, but are brought together in unusual circumstances. Both are dealing with issues of size - one feels too small, the other feels too big. It explores anorexia, both how the person who is ill feels and how it affects people around them as well. It also deals with boys and relationships with parents.
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