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Lily's Crossing

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  7,200 Ratings  ·  534 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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This book is a children's book that won a Newbery Honor in 1998. It is set during WWII as a little girl's father goes off to war and she is living with her grandmother. She is a bit of a brat, but I like the way the author opens her up and makes it so that she can be understood, even in her naughty ways. As hard as she thinks she has it, she meets someone who has it even harder.

I'm clearly not the target audience for this book, but I like that there are books like these that can get kids to won
Corena Fitch
Apr 02, 2012 Corena Fitch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Linda Lipko
Sep 25, 2010 Linda Lipko rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 11, 2009 Brandi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 23, 2011 Christina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youth
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
Mar 19, 2013 Heatherk rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 05, 2008 booklady rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2002, youth, children
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.
Oct 10, 2015 Chinook rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids, kait
Meh. It was fine and there would be a lot of good discussion points in a classroom , but it bored me a bit.
Sep 28, 2016 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Julie by: Sherilynn Zerbst
Great read aloud option for 5th grade and up.
It reminded me of Harriet the Spy during World War II.
The characters were warm and easily relatable.
Lily experiences the joys of summertime and new friendships with the hardships of war.
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
Amber Harper
Oct 12, 2015 Amber Harper rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wow-books
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
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
Barb Terpstra
Sep 08, 2012 Barb Terpstra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Darcy Stewart
Jul 14, 2009 Darcy Stewart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 27, 2016 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to read Lily's Crossing to make sure it was age appropriate for my niece. It was and I hope she will enjoy it. Lily lives in Brooklyn and summers in Rockaway beach. it is 1944 and the war is effecting Lily and her friends, Margaret and Albert. Each has a member of their family away due to the war. Lily has a way of exaggerating the truth which gets her in trouble and Albert is a boy from Hungary who just wants to be with his family again. There is a childlike innocence to the story that ...more
Katie Jackson
Oct 03, 2011 Katie Jackson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-award
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
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.
Michael Fitzgerald
Having read a number of children's books about WWII written in the 1940s and 1950s, I felt that the writing style of this book just didn't work. It has a modern feel that doesn't fit well, and the references to music, etc. seem contrived and researched (even though the author was born in 1935 and lived through the period).
Jun 05, 2015 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: school-books
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!!!!
Apr 16, 2008 Lucy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jenifer Jacobs
Jul 16, 2012 Jenifer Jacobs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Preparing for Emma's book club. :-)
Jul 22, 2010 Emily rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Madisen loaned it to me because I had nothing else to read!
WWII summer by the beach for Lily who meets a refuge boy and becomes fast friends.
Mackenzie Ford
Apr 14, 2016 Mackenzie Ford rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Title:Lily’s Crossing
Author: Patricia Reilly Giff
Illustrator: N/A
Genre: Historical Fiction
Theme(s): Fiction, World War (1939-1945), Refugees, Beaches, Friendship, Separation
Opening Line/Sentence: Lily Mollahan’s bedroom was at the top if the stairs, the only one on the second floor.

Brief Book Summary:
This book was about a young girl dealing with the separation of a best friend and her father due to the war during her summer. Lily’s father was sent to Europe to help defeat the Nazis, which sh
Emily Garrison
Nov 18, 2016 Emily Garrison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found two themes in "Lily's Crossing". The first theme was about self improvement. Lily has quite a habit of lying throughout the story. This all changes the night she learns that her lie to Albert about boating and then swimming the ocean to be reunited with their loved ones, almost kills Albert. Once she goes out to save Albert and realizes how dangerous lying can be, she promises to never lie again and works very hard to keep that promise. Lily learns throughout her summer in Rockaway with ...more
Laura G
I'd been wanting to read this book for a long time, so I finally got it on audiobook and listened in the car. It is an interesting exercise for me, to focus, since I am not able to look back in the book. The author's voice added a lot to the story, especially when she read Albert's words in a Hungarian accent. I appreciated that. I didn't so much appreciate the background music that popped in at times, again because I am easily distracted. The story was great--WWII, sacrifice, fear, friendship, ...more
Michelle Warner
Dec 04, 2015 Michelle Warner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Title: Lily’s Crossing
Author: Patricia Reilly Giff
Illustrator: (if different than author)
Genre: Historic (realistic) Fiction
Theme(s): Friendship, family, war, love, history
Opening line/sentence: “Lily Mollahan’s bedroom was at the top of the stairs, the only one on the second floor.”
Brief Book Summary: This book takes place during World War Two, when the main character, Lily’s, father is deployed. During this time, Lily befriends a refugee, Albert, who wants to go back to Europe. Throughout t
Katy Wilmotte
Not the deepest or most profound children's book I've ever read, but certainly very vividly rendered and relatable. It was also nice to see a rather disagreeable girl as the main character and watch her change slowly and incrementally, as real people do.
Jenni Kemling


Lily's crossing is a historical fiction chapter book that tells the tale of a rambunctious girl named Lily during the summer of 1944 during World War two. The story is told from her point of view. The theme of family and friendship are immense in the story. It has elements of tragedy throughout that shows a child copes with such traumatic events such as death, a parent leaving, and losing of friends. It's plot through Lily's lying keeps the story moving along.

Lily is a bit of a troubl
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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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