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Lydia, Queen of Palestine

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  111 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Lydia must face her parents' divorce, the growing hostility toward Ro-mania's Jewish population, and her sudden relocation to a kibbutz in Palestine during World War II. "Often outrageous and abrasive, yet also delightfully imaginative, bright, and tenacious, Lydia is the archetype of a survivor, while her experiences on the periphery of the war's horrors are authentic and ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published January 1st 1995 by Puffin Books (first published October 1st 1993)
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Jan 12, 2008 Nicole rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-ya, judaism
Read this book when I was about twelve and really enjoyed it. Really should re-read it one of these days :-)
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Jun 23, 2008 Katie rated it it was ok
Shelves: chapter-books
Lydia is an extremely imaginative ten year-old growing up in Romania during WWII. This might make you think of the story of Anne Frank, but Lydia is nothing like Anne. She is spoiled and obnoxious and always finds ways to get her way. Lydia’s parents have divorced, although she doesn’t realize it yet, and her father has left the country with another woman. Eventually, Lydia’s mom finds a way for them to flee the dangers of Romania, and seek safety in Palestine. Once there, Lydia makes a new home ...more
Karen rated it did not like it
Aug 25, 2008
"I enjoyed this book."
Sep 29, 2009 Rachel rated it it was amazing
Every time I go to my parents' house, I'm reminded that my mother *did* indoctrinate me a bit into Zionism...or at least the Jewish narrative. :P My shelves are filled with books on Jewish themes that she placed there.

When I was younger and less Jewishly invested, the thing that struck me the most about this story was still the relationship between mother and child...from the letdowns of being scolded (yeah, I was hypersensitive myself) to the real fears of boarding a train for Palestine during
Danielle rated it it was amazing
Nov 02, 2010
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Kiki Scott rated it it was amazing
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Kelduiniel rated it it was ok
May 13, 2012
Patre Marie
Patre Marie rated it really liked it
May 29, 2012
Nicole Morissette
Aug 15, 2012 Nicole Morissette rated it it was amazing
Besides A Song of the Whales, Uri Orlev has some of my most favorite books of all time. This one is right up there! If you're interested in the Holocaust, his books are the best!!!!!!!!
Katie Shacklett
Aug 22, 2012 Katie Shacklett rated it liked it
I really need to re-read this book...I remember reading it a few times in elementary school, but I'm pretty sure I thought it took place in NYC, and that she went off to boarding school, not Palestine, haha.
Monica rated it it was amazing
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Nov 21, 2012 Alex rated it really liked it
Shelves: reread, young-adult
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Hannah Sandle
May 09, 2013 Hannah Sandle rated it really liked it
Shelves: edre-4870
What? Firsthand perspective historical fiction so students can contextualize the effects of the Holocaust beyond the concentration camps.
Now What? Rather than read the oft used texts associated with the Holocaust, like The Diary of Anne Frank, or Night by Elie Wiesel, I thought it would be nice to use something the kids could relate to. I geared this text set towards 8-9 graders, and I think this is a great piece of juvenile fiction for them to relate to and experience the Holocaust tragedy with
Lady Jane Grey
Lady Jane Grey rated it really liked it
May 05, 2013
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gr 4-7 170pgs

1930s/WWII Bucharest, Romania/Kibbutz Tel Harish. 10 year old Lydia is used to having her own way, but there is one thing she cannot change: her mother and father separating. No matter how many times Lydia uses her dolls to act out her parents'reuniting, real life refuses to cooperate. Another thing that Lydia cannot change is her mother sending her to live on a kibbutz. On the kibbutz, Lydia struggles to get her own way and the times she can't she learns to make the best of the sit
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Dana Zatman
Mar 15, 2015 Dana Zatman rated it it was amazing
This is a great book written for kids which is also entertaining and educational for adults. The cover is misleading. It is a serious book about serious matters, but written in a way that is light enough for children. A young girl has parents with a failing marriage, but they love her and are trying to protect her at the start of World War 2.
DJ rated it liked it
Apr 21, 2015
Chana Billet
Feb 02, 2016 Chana Billet rated it liked it
While this book takes place during the Holocaust, the plot is about Lydia, a pre-teen living in Romania, who is dealing with her parents' ugly divorce.

Uri Orlev does a great job getting into Lydia's adolescent head. The readers are only privy to the horrors of war based on what Lydia knows, which isn't much beyond her own reality.

Her mother secures a spot for her on a train to Israel. During the journey, as Lydia gives away her meatballs in exchange for a better seat, ice cream and other silly
Zoe Kaplan
Zoe Kaplan rated it it was amazing
Jan 22, 2016
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Oct 26, 2016 Grace rated it it was ok
Maybe if I read this book as a child I would have loved it as much as other reviewers. As an adult, I felt it was very muddled between serious WWII issues for Jews, and the personal drama of affairs and divorce. Didn't like Lydia at all, she was rude and selfish constantly, even narcissistic. The book did show how vague adult issues can be for kids. They see complicated subjects through a haze and try to make sense of it, but it's like seeing without glasses when you need them. I would have like ...more
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Uri Orlev (Hebrew: אורי אורלב; born Jerzy Henryk Orlowski in 1931) is an award-winning Israeli children's author and translator of Polish-Jewish origin. Born in Warsaw, Poland, he survived the war years in the Warsaw Ghetto and the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp (where he was sent after his mother was shot by the Nazis). After the war he moved to Israel. He began writing children's literature in ...more
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