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Lily's Crossing

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  6,435 ratings  ·  470 reviews
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.

ebook, 119 pages
Published November 13th 2001 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (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
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
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
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
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
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.
Amber Harper
Literature helps us see life from others' perspectives, and Lily's Crossing has the potential to show upper elementary students what it would have felt like firsthand to have lived during World War II. In this story, Lily has always looked forward to summers on the beach in Rockaway with her dad, but this year is going to be different. Lily's father has gone to Europe to fight in the war, and Margaret (Lily's constant summer sidekick in years past) has moved with her family to Michigan to help w ...more
Meh. It was fine and there would be a lot of good discussion points in a classroom , but it bored me a bit.
Laura Verret
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
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
This book was amazing. I don't know why it was great but the concept was clean and fresh. This book made me cry to be honest, because every chapter was a new surprise. :) Patricia Riley Giff, make another!!!!
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
Wayne S.
It is the summer of 1944, and Lily Mollahan, who is finishing fifth grade, lives in St. Albans, a middle class community in the New York City borough of Queens, with her Poppy, an engineer, and her Gram. Her mother is dead. The three make the usual plans to spend their vacation at Gram’s summer home in Rockaway where her best friend Margaret Dillon and her family also have a summer home. However, with the war going on, her father is drafted into the military, and the Dillons move to Willow Run, ...more
Mattie Weck
Personal reaction – I’ve always been interested in WWII, but have typically read books with Germany as the setting. I like how this book displays the time period in an American setting. The author does an excellent job of describing the character’s emotions in such a detailed way that allows readers to connect with the text.

Purpose(s)/Use in the classroom-

• Read aloud to make a curricular connection: This book would be a good choice as a classroom read aloud when learning about this time period
Taryn Vogel
Personal Reaction: I really enjoyed this book. And I think it would be a great story for all young readers to read. It really gave you an inside look at a tragic world wide event. This book would be able to reach a lot of students since it comes from a young girls point of view. A lot of students will be able to relate to some of her struggles, and the friendship she makes throughout the story.

Purpose: I think this story could be paired with a lesson on character development and emotions. Nothin
Natalie Brockmeier
This book was an entertaining read that I sped through quickly. But what I liked about it so much was the powerful message that the reader takes away. This story is filled with questions that children (and adults) face everyday, and I loved the themes the author presented.
To read this story aloud, obviously it's historical fiction so I would discuss how life changed back in the US during WWII, even though it wasn't on our soil. There are tons of things that could spiral off of this book, such a
Hyeonjeong Lee
- Personal reaction
I did not enjoy this book very much because of its historical background. I took World History class during elementary and middle schools. I really enjoyed the classes because learning histories of other countries was very interesting. However, while reading this book, I felt sad. I enjoy academically learning histories, but knowing what people had to be faced and how hard their lives is really hard for me. It reminds me of Korean War. I don't have a family member attending th
Kim Paral
After reading through Lily's crossing, I decided this would be a great read aloud book for a 5th grade classroom. The reason I say this is because it brings up different aspects that 5th graders might be facing and could relate to, which would generate a great discussion. The ideas of lying and the importance of friendship are embedded in this text and I think it would be extremely beneficial to discuss these ideas as a class so that the conversation could be facilitated appropriately and differ ...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
Courtney Raymer
Personal Response: I am not a huge fan of historical fiction books, but I was greatly surprised I actually enjoyed reading this book. It wasn't completely focused on the history of WW2 but it had a story line to go along with it that made it much more interesting. I liked how I was able to read the emotions of a child going through WW2 and the life they are experiencing rather than an adult because I feel like that is how a lot of those books are written. I liked the idea of the story as well br ...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
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
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.
Sarah Rourke
I really enjoyed reading this book. I was engaged throughout the whole book. I enjoyed how the author left this suspicion of whether or not Lily and her friend Albert would stay friends once Albert knew Lily was lying to him. This was a great story of friendship, perseverance through hard times, and faith. I believe kids will love reading this book as well.

This book would be read for independent reading for grades 5-6. This book would probably be enjoyed more by girls, just because it is narrat
Megan McKenny
Personal reaction: I enjoyed this book overall however, my problem was with Lily's trouble with lying so much. I liked the story line and the perspective placed in the war. Lily seemed to lie all the time without really any real consequence of her lies. I think a story like this should possibly include a lesson for children about lying.

Purposes: This book could very easily be used as a read aloud book for a class who is learning about WWII. A way to engage the students would be to have them cre
Abby Zwetzig
This book portrayed a good intention, to show the life of someone who's family is in the war. But I did not really like this book and don't think I would use this in my classroom because Lily is mean and lying throughout most of the book. Eventually she quits lying but the author doesn't help the audience realize that lying is bad because there wasn't a huge consequence, I think some kids that read this might think that it's okay t lie because Lily lied. I like the book in that it gave a good pe ...more
It's hard to appreciate a book when you don't like the main character. And Lily's the kind of girl I wouldn't like -- she and her best friend lie, steal, and cheat. Yes, Lily realizes lying is wrong and eventually has to face the consequences of a big lie (though not a very convincing problem, as far as I'm concerned). But she only stops stealing and cheating because her new friend tells her he won't participate, not because Lily develops more character.

It was interesting to read about summerin
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" "We'll make a pact," she said.
"What is that?"
"We won't lie. We'll be brave."
"Yes," he said."

Oh, wow. Originally, I was going to give this book four stars, thinking that no Patricia Reilly Giff book could be as good as my beloved Pictures Of Hollis Woods. After finishing Lily's Crossing, however, I'm not so sure of that.

I don't know if it was the fact that I just so happened to read a war novel over Memorial Day weekend that made me love this book so much more, but
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.
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PATRICIA REILLY GIFF is the author of many beloved books for children, including the Kids of the Polk Street School books, the Friends and Amigos books, and the Polka Dot Private Eye books. Several of her novels for older readers have been chosen as ALA-ALSC Notable Books and ALA-YALSA Best Books for Young Adults. They include The Gift of the Pirate Queen; All the Way Home; Water Street; Nory Ryan ...more
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