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Stink Alley

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  237 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
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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Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*Fun* historical fiction! Omg, I just had the best time w/ a Juv. HF that I can recall. Sure, I learned a lot. Especially because it's a period and place I knew almost nothing about before. And sure, Lizzie had a tough life, so the book wasn't all giggles. But it was well-written, interesting, and heartwarming, and I fell in love with all three principal children, and want to know more about them (between the end of the book and the epilogue). I will absolutely look for more by the author. Highl ...more
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.
Amy (A Magical World of Words)
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Nov 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
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Recommended to sudsy by: nobody
This book was a little bit boring, didn't end very well, was kind of anticlimactic, and I hated how the author portrays the Puritans. People always think of the Puritans as being stodgy, uptight, and down on laughter and fun and love. But if you read their letters, they were happy, had strong families, cared about each other, laughed and had good times. They weren't so mean as Mr. Brewster is portrayed. It makes me mad when people wrote books with Puritans in them and they're stereotypical Purit ...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
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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
Dec 16, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Lisa by: Sonlight Homeschool Curriculum
Delightful story for young children about the American Pilgrims' initial stay in Leiden, Holland in 1614 before coming to America to found the Plymouth colony. Rembrandt himself also makes an appearance as a mischievous 8-year-old boy who loves drawing and hates going to school. Gilson paints an insightful picture of life for the pilgrims and their families in freedom-loving Holland where they had fled to escape religious oppression in England.
Apr 26, 2012 rated it liked it
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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.
Jan 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
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.
Sep 25, 2008 rated it liked it
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.
Sep 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
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.
Jan 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I adored this book! Couldn't put it down, it has good insight from before the pilgrims came to America.
not exactly my type of story, but i htought it was pretty good.
Sep 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A great read that revealed a different perspective of the Seperatists. It was easy to connect with the main character.
Jan 16, 2015 rated it liked it
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Jan 27, 2017 rated it liked it
A pretty good book. The only reason I'm giving it three stars instead of four because, I would have really have liked to know what happened to Will and some of the other characters, but the book does not say. Sometimes a bad epilogue can ruin an entire book for me.
Jacqui Cartwright
Dec 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Just finished reading with my girls. Great historical fiction.
I liked the bits that touched on art. I wasn't so keen on the religious aspects.
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