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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 720L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell (January 12, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440414539
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440414537
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (182 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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A Kid's Review on July 12, 2002
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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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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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A Kid's Review on January 25, 2005
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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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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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It is the summer of 1944, and Lily Mollahan, who is finishing fifth grade, lives in St. Albans, a middle class community in the New York City borough of Queens, with her Poppy, an engineer, and her Gram. Her mother is dead. The three make the usual plans to spend their vacation at Gram’s summer home in Rockaway where her best friend Margaret Dillon and her family also have a summer home. However, with the war going on, her father is drafted into the military, and the Dillons move to Willow Run, MI, near Detroit, so that Margaret’s father can work in a wartime factory. Lily is lonely. Then she meets Albert, a refugee her own age from Hungary, who is staying with his aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Orban, who are neighbors in Rockaway, and the two begin a special friendship.

Albert’s parents operated a newspaper opposing the Nazis in Hungary, and he doesn’t know what has happened to them, but his grandmother sent him and his little sister Ruth to France in hopes of their escaping to America. Albert makes it, but Ruth becomes ill and is kept in France by some nuns, and he is worried about her. Also, Lily learns that Margaret’s brother Eddie is missing in action following the Normandy invasion. Lily and Albert both tell lies to each other, but Lily tells one that may cost Albert his life. What will happen to him? Will he ever see Ruth again? For that matter, will Lily’s father return home? This novel does a really good job of conveying what life was like on the home front during World War II, especially for those who were waiting to hear about loved ones in Europe.

The biggest complaints which I saw about the book are that there is little development of the story line and that it is boring due to lack of action and excitement.
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