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Stink Alley

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The year is 1614. Recently orphaned Lizzy Tinker has lived half of her twelve years in Holland, but she does not feel at home there. Lizzy belongs to a small congregation of religious refugees who have fled England in order to worship as they choose. The Dutch people enjoy a free and easy lifestyle that Master William Brewster constantly admonishes his austere English Pilg ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published May 14th 2002 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 2002)
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Miss Amanda
gr 4-6 180 pgs

1614, Leyden, Holland. 12 year old orphan Lizzy misses her father and the way he always seemed to understand her. On her own, Lizzy is taken in by William Brewster, the head of the Pilgrim group, but William Brewster disapproves of Lizzy and feels she's a bad influence on his children. Trying to earn her keep, Lizzie finds a job baking for a Dutch family and caring for their little boy (who would one day grow up to be Rembrandt). Like Lizzie, the little boy has a habit of getting i
Finding a job that Lizzy can keep is a hard thing. It is even harder when the Cook she is working for hates her and believes she is a witch. Lizzy and her family fled England when she was young because they did not believe in what the King was trying to make them believe and forcing them to go to his church. When they go through all of the struggles to escape without being killed and finally get to Holland, they are able to settle down and practice the religious life they choose. Lizzy now has b ...more
The other John
Stink Alley is the tale of Lizzy Tinker, an orphaned Puritan girl living in Holland in 1614 with the rest of the Puritan exiles from England. It's not an easy life. Not only is there the challenge to live up to the expectations of the Puritan leaders, but as refugees, the Puritans are stuck working lousy, low paying jobs. Lizzy manages to land a temporary job with a Dutch family, and intertwined with her interactions with the family's obnoxious 8-year-old son, Lizzy shares the story of the Purit ...more
I adored this book! Couldn't put it down, it has good insight from before the pilgrims came to America.
Jacqui Cartwright
Just finished reading with my girls. Great historical fiction.
Cute historical fiction for kids set in the early 1600s. Lizzy and her family move to Holland to freely practice their religion because of persecution in England. However, Lizzy is left an orphan and lives with one of the religious leaders. She tries to earn a living by finding a job as a cook's helper. This book is full of humor and situations that cause reflection.
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This book is a fun look at what the lives of the pilgrims were like. A lot of books about the pilgrims don't talk much about their personal lives and seem kind of dry and detail-oriented, but this one is a glimpse of their traditions, what they believed, the kind of "fun" they allowed, and what the lives of their children were like.
This book is a good historical fiction book because it teaches its readers about an interesting culture most people would not know about. It is also told in an entertaining way. I like how realistic the historic event is. I think the main character is relate-able too. I would add this book to me classroom library.
Had to read it for school. It was an easy read, I read it in 2 days. Compared to all the other books i've had to read for school it was pretty good. It didn't feel like I was reading Historical Fiction at all.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
What was life like in Holland for the Pilgrims before they left for the New World? This book tells you. The painter Rembrandt shows up as well.
A great read that revealed a different perspective of the Seperatists. It was easy to connect with the main character.
I liked the bits that touched on art. I wasn't so keen on the religious aspects.
not exactly my type of story, but i htought it was pretty good.
Cute story about girl finding her own place. Enjoyed it.
Good read. I liked Lizzy's spunk.
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