Her parents are gone, and her brother and sisters sent to live with other people. Lyddie Worthen is on her own. When Lyddie hears about the mill jobs in Lowell, Massachusetts, she heads there with the goal of earning enough money to reunite her family. Six days a week from dawn to dusk Lyddie and the other girls run weaving looms in the murky dust - and lint-filled factory. Lyddie learns to read - and to handle the menacing overseer. But when the working conditions begin to affect her friends' health, she has to make a choice. Will she speak up for better working conditions and risk her job - and her dream? Or will she stay quiet until it is perhaps too late?
From two-time Newbery award-winning author Katherine Paterson.
When Lyddie and her younger brother are hired out as servants to help pay off their family farm's debts, Lyddie is determined to find a way to reunite her family once again. Hearing about all the money a girl can make working in the textile mills in Lowell, Massachusetts, she makes her way there, only to find that her dreams of returning home may never come true.
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"Rich in historical detail...a superb story of grit, determination, and personal growth." The Horn Book, starred review
"Lyddie is full of life, full of lives, full of reality." The New York Times Book Review
An ALA Notable Book
An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
A Booklist Editor's Choice
American Bookseller "Pick of the Lists"
School Library Journal Best Book
Parents magazine Best Book
Katherine Paterson has written numerous children's book including Lyddie, The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks, and Jip, His Story. Her books have received much acclaim and been published world-wide. Among her many literary honors are two Newbery Medals and two National Book Awards. She received the 1998 Hans Christian Andersen Medal as well as the 2006 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award for the body of her work. She lives with her husband, John, in Barre, Vermont. They have four children and seven grandchildren.
* "Rich in historical detail . . . a superb story of grit, determination, and personal growth."