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Lily's Crossing

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  5,510 ratings  ·  405 reviews
When Lily meets Albert, a refugee from Hungary, during the summer of 1944, they begin a special friendship. However, Lily and Albert have both told lies, and Lily has told a lie that may cost Albert his life.
Paperback, 181 pages
Published January 12th 1999 by Yearling (first published January 1st 1997)
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Linda Lipko
Lily loves to lie. The lies flow fast and easy. Each time she vows not to lie, another one slides right on out of her mouth. Lily just cannot help herself.

The setting is Rockaway, NJ where Lily, her grandmother and father spend idyllic summers. But the summer of 1944 is different and lives are changed because of WWII. Lily's best friend moves to Detroit where her father can build bombs, the seaside boardwalk is empty and Lily's father is going oversees to fight in the war.

Having lost a mother in
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Corena Fitch
Lily’s Crossing is a historical fiction book that takes place in the summer of 1944, during World War II. Lily is a young girl who is about to start her summer in Rockaway Beach with her grandmother. She has plans to fish and spend time with her good friend Margret who lives there. Her father is supposed to visit every weekend and share in her time there. Nothing goes as it is planned though; Margret’s family has to move because her father must start making bomber planes for the war and Lily’s f ...more
Christina
Eh, it wasn't a bad book really, but I was a little disappointed. I wanted to like this book. The summary sounded interesting, and the reason I picked it up in the first place was because I read Patricia Reilly Giff's book Wild Girl recently and thought it was great. But this book . . . it just didn't do it for me. Lily is a brat, as is Margaret, so right from the beginning I found myself disliking her and hoping that she would get into trouble. With the introduction of Albert (good guy, but wri ...more
Brandi
I saw this at the library--it's a Newbery awarded book so I thought I would read it. This book was set near the end of WWII and offers a different perspective of the war than I had previously read. It's an easy summer read and I think for kids, a good eye-opener to some of the hard things kids had to go through during the war.

What I didn't like: The protagonist is naughty, she steals, lies, sneaks into movies, and is mean to her grandmother. The whole first half of the book all I could think was
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Heatherk
This is the first book I am rating so it might no be very good. Anyway, Lilly's Crossing is about a girl in the hard times of World War 2 she is all alone in her summer home until an immigrant her age comes to town his name is Albert from Hungary he had to leave his sister in France. He is alone too. But they come very close. But after the summer when Lilly leaves to go back to school will they ever see each other again? (this book is historical fiction) -heather kroesche
booklady
You know how there are some characters you just can't warm up to? I didn't care for this little girl at all in the beginning of this story. Lily is dishonest, rude and disrespectful right off the bat. I suppose I knew she had her reasons and usually I'm much more empathetic towards children in stories--assuming their naughty behavior has an explanation. So I'm still not sure why I never quite took to Lily.
Chinook
Meh. It was fine and there would be a lot of good discussion points in a classroom , but it bored me a bit.
Barb Terpstra
As I consider what I liked best about this story, I think it is the expression of Lily's contrary feelings. Remember when you were young and you loved your mom, but you disliked her too? When your mom showed you expressions of love, you may have shunned them. Contrary. A perfect expression of those teenage emotions. And stubborn. Too stubborn to give in to those soft feelings.

Lily has those feelings towards her Gram. She feels mad at her dad who is leaving her to serve in the war. She doesn't ha
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Darcy Stewart
In Lily's Crossing, Lily must move to Rockaway, NY for the summer. Her father is sent to Europe. Her father promises to tell her where he is secretly. Her best friend Margaret must move near a factory where her dad works. Albert a refugee from Hungary stays with the Orbans for the summer. Albert is looking for his sister Ruth who got sick in France and was taken a nunnery. Lily promises him that she will go with him to France to help find his sister. Over time Lily and Albert become best friends ...more
Katie Jackson
This book is a winner of the Newbery book award. Lily loves to lie but when her dad is sent over seas for the war she meets a friend, Albert who is a Hungary refugee, she feels that she can't lie to. They become great friends but at the end of the summer they leave the Atlantic. Alber goes to Canada and Lily goes back to her house. When returning to the Atlantic, Lily didn't know that Albert came back. She was excited to see him and his sister Rose who was left in Hungary because she was ill. Li ...more
Cassandra Miller
Lily's Crossing is a historical fiction book by Patricia Reilly Giff. Lily's Crossing won the 1998 Newberry Honor Medal. The book is set in 1944 and it is about a young girl named Lily who spends her summers at Rockaway Beach during WWII. Lily struggles with understanding the war and growing up without her mother. She also struggles with lying, every time she vows not to lie, another lie slips out of her mouth. Eventually, her lies put the life of one of her friends in jeopardy. Albert is a Hung ...more
Mrs. Tongate
Sweet story of friendship and love that historical fiction and WWII fans will enjoy. Great characters and a great read-aloud for middle school. A read where students can discover how the war affected people on the home front.

Lily expected to have an awesome summer at her family's beach house in Rockaway by the Atlantic Ocean. It's 1944 and WWII has changed all lives. Lily's best friend has moved to Detroit and now Lily's Dad is sent overseas to join the war. Lily meets Albert, a refugee from Hun
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Jennifer Richter
There's so much I love about Lily's Crossing. First, the novel has a real sense of "place." The author constructed such a complete picture of Rockaway Beach that I easily got a sense of the sights, sounds, smells and culture of Lily's summer world and was able to immerse myself in it right away. Then there's the historical setting, the winding down of World War II, including the events of D-day. You see how she and the community are affected by the war from afar -- the hope, the heartbreak, the ...more
Ariana
I really enjoy Newbery Award Winners and Honors because they typically are highlights of what all childrens literature should be like. This book was well-written and had a historical setting, but I never felt like it quite deserved a Newbery. It's a short book and I could barely drag myself through it. Unengaging and honestly pretty boring.
Lucy
I thought that this book told a cute story a bout lily a 11 year old girl and her freinds.And sad because she hardly got to see he father because he was at war with her friends brother.
IWonder?
This book is a very well thought out book. It surrounds a girl named lily and a boy named Albert who become friends over a summer in Rockaway. Lily is a liar. Albert is suffering. I don't know how they could become such great friends with all the lying and suffering: lily lies to everyone and pretends to be a secret spy. Albert is suffering because his parents were killed by the nazis and his sister was captured. Along the way Lilly's father releases the information that he is going off to help ...more
Emily
Madisen loaned it to me because I had nothing else to read!
Jenifer Jacobs
Preparing for Emma's book club. :-)
Marilyn
Middle-grade. Newbery Honor. Story of a young girl in 1944 whose idyllic summer in Rockaway is ruined when her best friend moves, her father goes to France to support the war, her grandmother makes her practice the piano and she meets a Hungarian war refugee. I could tell that the author felt passionate about her subject, but I just couldn't feel it myself. The story and characters were realistic, but not particularly engaging. And I couldn't really image that the intended readers would be more ...more
Audrey
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Cathy
Jul 18, 2011 Cathy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Cathy by: Newbery Honor
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.
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Viviana
This book took place during World War II. Lily is in 5th grade and every summer she goes to Rockaway,but this year when she arrived it was only her and her grandma because her dad was going overseas to fight against the nazis. Lily didn't say good-bye she was hurt and angry also because her only and best friend Margaret was also leaving Rockaway because her dad had to go and work to make bombs for the soldiers to use in the war. Lily was lonely with no friends, but one day she met her neighbor's ...more
Jill
This was a nice book and I learned something totally new! Love that.

I found this book randomly on the shelf at the library because I needed something to read. I'd read another one of her books before so I went for it.

This was the story of Lily, a girl during WWII whose dad goes off to war. While she's staying with her grandma in New Jersey, she meets a Hungarian refugee boy! And then things happen, I won't spoil it for you. :)

I didn't know that people left Hungary in a refugee situation! Apparen
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Laura
Lily can’t wait for summer vacation. Not only will she be returning to Rockaway (the beach!), but she will get to spend all her time playing with her best friend, Margaret, and not playing on her beastly piano. And Poppy, her father, will come down to spend a few weekends there with her! Things could not be better!

And then the tragedies start. First, she learns that Poppy has arranged to have her piano sent to Rockaway so that she can practice right through the summer, bother it. And then, Marga
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Nelly
This was a very sweet, very quick read set in a 1940s New England beach town. It's a coming of age story, a story of friendship and of learning harsh lessons the hard way.

I liked this book because I felt it was a good and honest portrayal of a spirited girl growing up during WWII, being influenced by what she sees and hears, losing those she loves and learning to deal with the fact that sometimes people don't come back from war. ...and making up stories as she goes. I liked Lily, I felt she was
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Pandora
My major problem with this book is that I really couldn't understand why I was suppose to like Lily. She lies, sneaks in to moives, likes to accuse people of being Nazi (which can be dangerous), she is an indifferent student (except for books), eats candy with her friend that was suppose go to a soilder, and doesn't want to pratice the piano. Then again when I was 12 I never understood why I was suppose to like Harriet in Harriet the Spy. So right from the start it was hard for me to get into th ...more
Ava Black
Ho letto questo libro nei ritagli di tempo e, anche se e' dedicato ad un pubblico di giovanissimi, penso che possa andare bene anche per lettori piu' avanti con l'eta', a patto dell'essere consapevoli che la durata del libro non e' molta e cio' rende la storia priva di un certo tipo di approfondimento. In generale, la storia e' carina, anche se non certo originale: la protagonista e' una ragazzina di undici anni, Lily, che abita in America e durante la Seconda Guerra Mondiale va a passare l'esta ...more
Celine C
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I thought this book was very interesting. The characters, like Lily, made it more interesting with their characteristics. There were mysteries and shocking parts to this book. A mystery part was when Eddie, Margaret's brother, gets filed as missing in action during World War 2. A shocking part was when Margaret had to leave and Lily didn't have a friend.
Albert came into town. Lily became friendly with him throughout the story. She got her first kiss from hi
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Laura
Lily’s Crossing

1- Genre: Historical Fiction

2- Lily spends every summer with her father and grandmother at Rockaway beach. This is her favorite time of year because not only does she get to spend her time by the beach, she gets to see her best friend Margaret. But this summer turns out to be quite different. Margaret must leave Rockaway beach early because her father must help with the war efforts here at home, so now there is no one left her for Lily, until a special arrival of a soon to be new
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Chana Billet
Having previously read Patricia Reilly Giff's later works, I know Giff to be a master at depicting settings. Whether she describes Ireland's impoverished coast ("Nory Ryan's Song"), a harrowing journey across the ocean ("Maggie's Door") or the Rockaways during WWII ("Lily's Crossing), she always gets the details right -- and then some.

I can taste the salty sea air, hear the seagulls, feel the ripple of the water under the row boats, enjoy the breeze and smell the ocean. My nose started to prick
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