Dear America: Like the Willow Tree [NOOK Book]

Overview

Two-time Newbery Award-winning author Lois Lowry brings a brand-new, beautiful diary to the Dear America series!

Suddenly orphaned by the Spanish flu epidemic in the fall of 1918, eleven-year-old Lydia Pierce and her fourteen-year-old brother, Daniel, of Portland, Maine, are taken by their uncle to be raised in the Shaker community at Sabbathday Lake. Thrust into the ...
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Overview

Two-time Newbery Award-winning author Lois Lowry brings a brand-new, beautiful diary to the Dear America series!

Suddenly orphaned by the Spanish flu epidemic in the fall of 1918, eleven-year-old Lydia Pierce and her fourteen-year-old brother, Daniel, of Portland, Maine, are taken by their uncle to be raised in the Shaker community at Sabbathday Lake. Thrust into the Shakers' unfamiliar way of life, Lydia must grapple with a new world that is nothing like the one she used to know.

Now separated from her beloved brother, for men and women do not mix in this community, Lydia must adjust to many changes. But in time, and with her courageous spirit, she learns to find the joy in life again.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545414982
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/2011
  • Series: Dear America Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 268,373
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • File size: 8 MB

Meet the Author

Lois Lowry

Lois Lowry is a multi-award-winning author who has written many popular books. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is the author of the popular Anastasia Krupnik books and was the recipient of the Newbery Medal for Number the Stars and for The Giver.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2012

    Dull with spoilers

    I love the dear america series. When i saw this was about the spanish flu, i thought this would be great. Within the first few pages practically her whole family is dead with frustratingingly little detail and she's off to live with shakers. There isn't even any culture shock related conflict. She loves the shakers. The whole thing was yay shakers. I couldn't finish the book because it was so dull. There was no discernable plot. I was highly disapointed.

    8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 5, 2011

    Amazing

    So good got me reading the whole seiries.

    5 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 23, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo

    No one knows the actual statistics on deaths due to the Spanish influenza in 1918, but estimates range from 50-100 million worldwide. When the sickness hit Portland, Maine, Lydia Pierce lost her mother, her father, and her baby sister. Uncle Henry came to collect Lydia and her brother, Daniel. They went to live in a house crowded with their many cousins. Uncle Henry and his wife just couldn't handle two more children, so Lydia and Daniel were packed up and taken to the Shaker community at Sabbathday Lake. Life there was very different from their life in Portland. The Shakers are a religious community that believes in hard work, clean living, and the separation of men and women. There are no marriages and no romantic involvement in a Shaker community. Everyone shares all material goods and everyone works to support the community. It may sound harsh and impersonal, but that is not the case. Love and respect are present in abundance. Lydia desperately missed her parents and her baby sister, but life with the Shakers kept her busy. She and Daniel attended school and each were given jobs around the complex. Lydia helped in the kitchens, the laundry, and with basket making, although she never seemed to be given the chore she wanted most - helping with the candy making. Daniel lived and worked with the men. When he wasn't in the classroom, he helped with the animals and other chores on the farm. LIKE THE WILLOW TREE is part of the DEAR AMERICA series focusing on historical fiction. Lydia's story greatly enhanced my understanding of the Shaker way of life. Since the community never produced children, young people like Lydia and her brother were welcomed with open arms. Lydia tells of the diminishing numbers in her Shaker family, and how unless adults learned of this wholesome way of life, the communities would eventually cease to exist. Author Lois Lowry captures Lydia's experience beautifully. Although her diary simply recounts humble daily activities, I found it a fascinating read.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2012

    It was okay

    I liked it but I just wish there was more to the book.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2012

    Awesome Book!

    I really like this book. Set in the time during the Spanish Influenza, Lydia and her brother are sent to the Shakers after their parents and little sister die. Struggling extremely with settling into life with the Shakers, this "diary" records Lydia's everyday thoughts as she tries to change to fit in with these interesting people. I highly reccomend this book! Great story!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2011

    Awesome My new favorite novel!!!!

    Wonderful story I coud not put the book down now I gotta read the series!!! :)

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2012

    Hate the Sample

    I just got the samle and it wont downlode!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2015

    Check it out!

    One of two books in " The Dear America Series " purchased by my Mom & I for Great-Granddaughter for Christmas present. She is home schooled along with siblings and started reading series at the library. She is 12 yrs. old and loves to read, she is reading and collecting this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2014

    I loved it

    It is so

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2014

    Cutepaw

    This was a sad one too. I had a hard time reading it. Great book!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2014

    Uh

    I was sooooo upset that lydia wasnt a real person. I cried and i said: curse this author." Plus i made a mental note to find out the authors name so i could say: curse the authors name"

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2014

    Kinda Disses Catholics, Strange

    This was a good book, I found it very interesting. But while I'm not going to bi<_>tch and whine, this kind of disrespected the Catholic religion. "Catholic is a strange religion." said the main character, and they laughed.
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    But otherwise its pretty good. The Shakers are weird, though, and led me to kind of wonder what the heck they were.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2013

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    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2013

    Shiningstare

    Waits her turn

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2013

    Orchidfrost

    She pads to 'white willow' result one.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2013

    Lightpaw

    Thank you. He pads away.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2013

    Nitehawk

    Hmmm

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2013

    Star

    Nope. But when i was 11 i wrote a story about the white willow. No it wasnt published but that just proes tht i created it first!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2013

    Annonamus

    I love the dear america series

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2013

    Yo

    Not this one though remeber Cleopatra rockedthis one dull

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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