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Lily's Crossing (Newbery Honor Book) Hardcover – February 10, 1997


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 720L (What's this?)
  • Series: Newbery Honor Book
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (February 10, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385321422
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385321426
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #388,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Elizabeth Mollahan--the Lily of Lily's Crossing--lost her mom when she was little. Her father and a grandmother are her only family. Every summer the three of them flee sweaty New York City for a beach house in New York's Rockaways.

This year though, Lily's father announces that he's enlisted in the Army; days later, he is gone. Alone with her grandmother, Lily sees a long lonely summer ahead. And then, Albert appears. A refugee from the Nazis, his family thrown to the winds, young Albert bears a grief and sadness of his own.

It's a pleasure to read along as Lily and Albert negotiate the pain they feel and the secrets and adventures they share. With subtlety and compassion, this gift of a book reminds us that wars happen to children, too.

[10 and up. Adults should sneak a peek too.]

From Publishers Weekly

PW's starred review of this 1998 Newbery Honor book said that the WWII homefront novel, about Lily's growing friendship with a Hungarian refugee, "has all the ingredients that best reward readers." Ages 8-12.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

More About the Author

Patricia Reilly Giff is the author of many beloved books for children, including the Newbery Honor books, Lily's Crossing and Pictures of Hollis Woods. She lives in Trumbull, Connecticut.

Customer Reviews

Soon, Lily and Albert become best friends.
"tlgksme"
It's a marvelous children's story of how true friendship can help us through even the difficult things life can bring us.
Jacquie Pennington
This is a GREAT book to read with your children.
Robin L. Oquindo

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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 1, 1999
Format: Audio Cassette
As thirteen year old seventh graders we really enjoyed reading this book for English class. Lily's Crossing was a book about friendship and both hard and happy times. Lily made a wonderful new friend, Albert, in Rockaway. This all happened during the summer of 1944, at the height of World War II. Everything occurred after Margaret, Lily's best friend, left Rockaway, Beach because her father was transferred to a new city were they manufactured bombers. Lily also had a difficult time dealing with her Poppy (father) leaving to help win the war. Read and discover the adventures and risks Lily and Albert experienced which built their friendship throughout the summer in Rockaway. Our feelings throughout this story were changing constantly. At different parts we both cried and shared happy and sad emotions with one another. Lily's Crossing is suspenseful, well written, and can be enjoyed by all ages.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on July 12, 2002
Format: Paperback
Lily's Crossing, a popular Newberry Honor Book, is wonderful for readers of all ages. Patricia Reilly Giff brings the whole story to life with her amazing adventures and her remarkable characters. 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. It doesn't end there! 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. They became best friends, but can they stay out of trouble with her lying? Will Lily say something that can cost Albert his life?
This book is highly recommended because it shows just 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 friends because she teaches people never to give up on friends. When Lily realizes that her best friend must move away, she feels miserable! She and Albert have their rough times at the beginning, but in the end, they become best of friends! The book also presents life during World War II. It presents the reader with a whole new world in the little town named Rockaway, New York where families and friends become close knit and help each other out. Also, by inviting everyone over to dinner. The war helps Lily become closer to her friends and family during these rough times. It also helps her to become trustworthy with her friends and to stop lying to everybody.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Keely on November 28, 1999
Format: Paperback
Lily's Crossing is a great book. One of the reasons why I liked it was that it had good voice. It had such good voice that when Poppy came home I cried out loud as I read. I also liked the book because I like historical fiction. The events that happened in the book could have happened in history in 1942. Also, it was about an immigrant from Hungary whose sister is in France with the Nazis. I loved Lily's Crossing because I never knew what would happen next, because of the way the problem was set up. The probem is Lily tells Albert she can take him to Europe. I didn't know what she was going to do. I kept guessing until the answer was revealed towards the end of the book. So, in conclusion, I would give the book five stars.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A. Luciano VINE VOICE on April 25, 2007
Format: Paperback
Every summer Lily looks forward to her vacation with her father and grandmother at Rockaway, on the Atlantic Ocean. She loves to go to a place where no one really knows her--they don't know she doesn't do well in school, she lies all of the time and makes up stories, and she doesn't have friends. Lily does have a friend in Rockaway--Margaret has been her friend since they could walk.

This summer is different, though. First Margaret's family has to move away to a wartime factory to help with World War II. Then Lily's own father finds out he has to go to war as an engineer, helping in Europe. He may be gone a very long time, and he has to leave Lily all alone with her grandmother. Terrible!

But then Albert, a boy about Lily's age, arrives at Rockaway. He speaks English with a heavy accent, and Lily soon learns he is a refugee from the war. Will Lily be able to become his friend and stop her cycle of lies?

I liked that over the course of the summer, Lily discovers things about her grandmother she hadn't seen before, and that strengthens their relationship. I liked the descriptions of the town of Rockaway. I didn't like the fact that Lily's personality isn't very well described. I couldn't really get a feel for the character.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 25, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is one of the best books that I have ever read and believe me I have read alot of books. This book helps you see that people can make friends and that even if people are away they still are in your hearts. I think that is an awesome concept to a book and that alot of people should read it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 8, 2006
Format: Paperback
Lily's Crossing was written by Patricia Reilly Giff. The genre of this book is Realistic Fiction. The characters in the book were Lily, her grandmother, her father, and her friend Albert. The setting of this book was Rockaway during World War II. The problem was that Lily's father had gone to fight in the war. Lily was really mad that her father was leaving because her mother had died and she would have to stay with her grandmother. She did not want to stay with this relative. Then to make matters worse, her friend Margaret had moved away because of the war. She thinks she's all alone until she meets a new friend, Albert. She and Albert understand each other better then anyone else. Albert had been separated from his family because of the war. To see if Lily and Albert get reunited with their family read Lily's Crossing.
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