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Lily's Crossing

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  8,412 ratings  ·  625 reviews
Author Patricia Reilly Giff's Newbery Honor-winning Lily's Crossing is now available for the first time in paperback!

Every summer Lily and her father go to her family's house in Rockaway, near the Atlantic Ocean. But the summer of 1944 is different. World War II has called Lily's father overseas, Lily's best friend Margaret had to move with her family to a wartime factory
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Paperback, 181 pages
Published January 12th 1999 by Yearling Books (first published January 1st 1997)
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Maria Allison I agree with the previous comments that this book is perfect for an 11 year old with enjoys historical fiction like Number the Stars. The story itself…moreI agree with the previous comments that this book is perfect for an 11 year old with enjoys historical fiction like Number the Stars. The story itself is told from the point of view of an 11 year old girl, so it would be relatable in terms of age.

From a teacher's perspective, this book is age and reading level appropriate.(less)
Freya Yes, I love this book and im 11 years old its a great book! One of the best I have read.

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Donna
Aug 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
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Corena Fitch
Apr 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it really liked it
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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Stina
Oct 23, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Brandi
Aug 11, 2009 rated it liked it
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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booklady
Aug 05, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2002, children, youth
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.
Kathleen
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-read-owned


LILY’S CROSSING ⭐⭐⭐⭐ I read this middle grade book as part of my personal challenge to read books recommended by my family. My sister read LILY’S CROSSING in elementary school and asked me to read this milestone, childhood book. I loved the different layers of the story. Lily is an American girl living out adventures on her summer vacation during WW2. So much of her world comes undone, but Lily’s spirit, hopefulness, and spunkiness prevail.
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Heatherk
Mar 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Chinook
May 30, 2011 rated it liked it
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.
Natalie
I debated the rating on this quite a bit. Finally, based on a comparison with other books I've recently rated a 2, I had to go with 1 star because this one was just so much worse.

First things first: Lily is a MAJOR brat. I couldn't get over how many awful character traits she had. I don't mind flawed characters, in fact I typically like them best, but the problem with Lily is she rarely seems to learn from her mistakes. Honestly, I would hate teaching this child. If I don't like the MC, I have
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Maria Allison
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this coming of age story that explored the relationships with family and friends, told from the point of view of a 11 year old girl during World War II. I thought that the character development was excellent. Sometimes the plot moved a little slowly, but it really picked up towards the end and ended beautifully and emotionally.

I would recommend this book to children aged 10 and up. I will definitely use this book when I do historical fiction book clubs with my students.
Darlene Foster
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful story set in the mid-40s just towards the end of World War II. Lily is a young girl with a huge imagination and a bad habit of lying. Her mother died when she was little and she is being raised by her father and her grandmother. For a girl in America, the war seems far away and doesn't affect her until her father joins the army and is shipped overseas. When she meets Albert, a refugee from Hungary, she learns first hand how war can affect a family. I love how the author creat ...more
Megan
In the summer of 1944, nothing goes as planned for Lily. She is supposed to spend the summer in Rockaway with her friend Margret and her father is supposed to visit every weekend, but her father must go overseas, and Margret’s family moves so that her father can find work. Lily is certain this will be the worst summer ever, until she meets a young boy named Albert who has also been affected by the war. Lily and Albert both tell lies, but their lies are generally harmless until one of Lily’s lies ...more
Traci
Dec 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good. On the local school system's 5th grade Battle of the Books
Angela
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
A solid coming of age story of friendship in times of war, and the powerlessness children experience to keep their loved ones safe from harm. Really good read.
Risa
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this protagonist pretty unappealing, so I wasn’t crazy about this book throughout the first half, but it really packs an emotional punch by the end—more because of what it shows about friendship and loneliness than because of its WWII context.
Dorothy Weigand
I like WWII stories. Really, I do. This book was weird. It had virtually no plot whatsoever beyond Lily wanted her father back. She rarely listened and did what she was told. Then when she did it, it was half-assed at best. She seemed angry when she had to do certain things. The basic premise was difficult to figure out. I think it was supposed to be how one little girl dealt with the war at home. She just struck me as a very spoiled girl who wasn't used to not having her way. The author remarks ...more
Karen
Mar 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: jacob, mom, ellie
Listening to the audio at lunch times. CC2 World Wars study. My mom has already listened to this and really liked it...krb 3/2/17

Good audio. Ellie and Mom rates 3 1/2 stars. Seeing the war through the eyes of children and the effects it had on them...krb 3/13/17
Amber Harper
Sep 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Barb Terpstra
Sep 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
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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Kathy
Apr 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
Darcy Stewart
Jul 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Rachel
Mar 12, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: for-10, for-school
I was disappointed with this. Having enjoyed a number of Patricia Reilly Giff's other books and this being a Newbery Award winner, I was hoping it would be great. It was just ok. The main character is difficult to like - she is a liar and a disrespectful brat. She does mature some over the books but not as much as I would like. Also, the word "damn" is used several times. Because she has been looking forward to it so long, I am letting my 10 year old read it for school as part of our WWII curric ...more
Katie Jackson
Oct 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Ariana
Nov 08, 2011 rated it did not like it
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).
Julie
Sep 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
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.
Nicole
Jun 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
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!!!!
Theresa
Mar 14, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
I made it to chapter 6. I hate Lily. I don't want to know what kinds of awful, selfish things she does to her "friends". DNF
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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
“I told her that saying goodbye didn't matter, not a bit. What mattered were all the days you were together before that, all the things you remembered.” 23 likes
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