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Lyddie by Katherine Paterson
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Nov 08, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: own, young-adult, historical-fiction
Read from November 07 to 09, 2010 — I own a copy

At thirteen, Lyddie's life changes when her unstable mother divides the family, leaving with her youngest two children to live with her sister. Lyddie and brother Charlie are left on their own to work and pay off unspecified debts incurred by the family. Lyddie is determined to earn enough money to reunite her family.

I really enjoyed this book, and in particular, Patterson's portrayal of Lyddie's personality/voice/narration made the book engrossing. It's a coming of age story that tracks her path to independence, though not the one she envisioned, through determination and hardship. It is not quite the cliche, feel good plot -- although there is some of that -- the (misleading) back cover implies. The book also describes a (presumably) frank picture of 19th century weaving factory conditions, not overly dark, but darker than I would have expected in a young adult novel.
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