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Lily's Crossing Paperback – January 12, 1999
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved this heartwarming book that tells kids in2015 what it was like to be in that time zone and to be a kid alive for a war in general and how hard it was for the kids with... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Marcy Hamilton
I just love this book. I loved the story. I read it myself when I was in about 5th or 6th grade. I had to order it for my 10 year old. She is enjoying reading it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by ashmaefulton
I loved that there are two very good friends in the story and at the end was my favorite RUTH IS BACK (screams with joy) if you have a good friend I recommend this bookPublished 4 months ago by Kith101
When I first read Lily's Crossing in middle school, it quickly became my favorite book, and held that position for a very long time. Read morePublished 6 months ago by td123
Although this book is geared toward young adults, I was interested in reading it because it takes place in Rockaway, NY - my home town. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Sheenuh