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Lily's Crossing
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Lily's Crossing

Written by Patricia Reilly GiffAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Patricia Reilly Giff
| Delacorte Books for Young Readers | Hardcover | February 1997 | $15.95 | 978-0-385-32142-6 (0-385-32142-2)
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.
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ABOUT THIS BOOK

This year, as in other years, Lily has planned a spectacular summer in Rockaway, in her family's cozy house on stilts over the Atlantic Ocean. But by the summer of 1944, World War II has changed almost everyone's life. Lily's best friend, Margaret, and her family have moved to a wartime factory town, and worse, much worse, Lily's father is on his way overseas to the war.

There's no one else Lily's age in Rockaway until Albert comes, a refugee from Hungary, a boy with a secret sewn into his coat. Albert has lost most of his family in the war; he's been through things Lily can't imagine. But when they join together to rescue and care for a kitten, they begin a special friendship. For Lily and Albert have their own secrets to share: they both have told lies, and Lily has told a lie that may cost Albert his life.


REVIEWS

"...Giff really pulls readers' heartstrings with Albert's memories of his family, the loss of Margaret's well-liked brother in the war, and Lily's joyful reunion with Poppy. Pull out the hankies for the final scene, in which Lily returns to Rockaway the following summer to find Albert--and Ruth--waiting for her. It's a strong ending to a deftly told story."
--Kirkus Reviews


AWARDS

WINNER 1998 - Newbery Honor Book
WINNER 1998 - ALA Notable Children's Book
WINNER 1999 - Arkansas Charlie May Simon Master List
NOMINEE 2000 - Illinois Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Award
NOMINEE 2000 - Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award
WINNER 1999 - Kentucky Bluegrass Master List
WINNER 1998 - Maine Student Book Master List
WINNER 1999 - Massachusetts Children's Book Master List



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