Lyddie

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Overview

When Lyddie and her younger brother are hired out as servants to help pay off their family farm's debts, Lyddie is determined to find a way to reunite her family once again. Hearing about all the money a girl can make working in the textile mills in Lowell, Massachusetts, she makes her way there, only to find that her dreams of returning home may never come true.

Impoverished Vermont farm girl Lyddie Worthen is determined to gain her independence by becoming a ...

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Overview

When Lyddie and her younger brother are hired out as servants to help pay off their family farm's debts, Lyddie is determined to find a way to reunite her family once again. Hearing about all the money a girl can make working in the textile mills in Lowell, Massachusetts, she makes her way there, only to find that her dreams of returning home may never come true.

Impoverished Vermont farm girl Lyddie Worthen is determined to gain her independence by becoming a factory worker in Lowell, Massachusetts, in the 1840s.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In 1843, three years after her father abandons his failing Vermont farm, 10-year-old Lyddie and her younger brother Charles are hired out as servants, while Mama and the two youngest children go off to live with relatives. After spending a grueling year working in a tavern, Lyddie flees to Lowell, Mass., in hopes of finding a better job that will provide enough income to pay off farm debts and allow the family to be reunited. Life continues to be a struggle after she is employed in a cloth factory, but Lyddie finds refuge from wretched working conditions by burying herself in books. Learning that she cannot return home--the family farm has been sold to Quaker neighbors--the girl is seized by a burning desire to gain independence by attending college. Readers will sympathize with Lyddie's hardships and admire her determination to create a better life for herself. Paterson The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks clearly depicts the effects of poverty during the 19th century, focusing on the plight of factory workers enslaved by their dismal jobs. Impeccably researched and expertly crafted, this book is sure to satisfy those interested in America's industrialization period. Ages 10-14. Mar.
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
Slave wages, inhuman working conditions, 13-hour days, 6 days a week seem absurd in today's work world, but this was the norm in the woolen mills of Massachusetts in the 1840's. It becomes all to real when you meet Lyddie. Determined to pay off debts on her family's farm, she becomes a machine driven by her need to bring her family together. At 14, she suffers, endures, and finally matures into the kind of woman she respects as do the readers. This is a powerful story, beautifully written that you will want to read again and again.
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* "Rich in historical detail . . . a superb story of grit, determination, and personal growth."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140373899
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/1995
  • Edition description: DIGEST SZ
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 46,754
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.82 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

Katherine Paterson has written numerous children's book including LyddieThe Tale of the Mandarin Ducks, and Jip, His Story. Her books have received much acclaim and been published world-wide. Among her many literary honors are two Newbery Medals and two National Book Awards. She received the 1998 Hans Christian Andersen Medal as well as the 2006 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award for the body of her work. She lives with her husband, John, in Barre, Vermont. They have four children and seven grandchildren.

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Table of Contents

1 The Bear 1
2 Kindly Friends 10
3 Cutler's Tavern 18
4 Frog in a Butter Churn 27
5 Going Home 35
6 Ezekial 39
7 South to Freedom 46
8 Number Five, Concord Corporation 52
9 The Weaving Room 62
10 Oliver 74
11 The Admirable Choice 79
12 I Will Not Be a Slave 86
13 Speed Up 94
14 Ills and Petitions 106
15 Rachel 117
16 Fever 127
17 Doffer 131
18 Charlie at Last 141
19 Diana 148
20 B Is for Brigid 155
21 Turpitude 162
22 Farewell 169
23 Vermont, November 1846 177
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2005

    Truly the best book I have ever read

    Those who have read this book, including myself agree that the main character Lyddie is a very intresting and hard-working girl. We have also come to a conclusion that most children in grades 5-8 enjoy this story the most, of all wo read it. I believe that anyone who has worked very hard before can easily relate to how Lyddie feels during most of this book. I am quite sure that all who will read this outstanding story would award at least four stars, but I give it five, because all of it was possible to happen, and it takes place in the 1840s, during the Industrial Revolution. Most people have not experienced noise as loud as the looms Lyddie must try to run. Despite this and and many other problems that I dare not give away, she persists following her dreams to earn the money needed to pay off the debts of the farm that she and her family live on.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 3, 2010

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    Not good.

    This is the kind of book that teachers would give you for summer reading, informative but VERY boring. I do not recommend it if you are looking for a book to cheer you up, because trust me this one will not!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2008

    worsxt book ever

    I had to read this book for school and it was just so boring. It was all just so depressing. Yes, it did show what things were like back than but it made it sound like ev eryone in the world was living like she was. it was just bad.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2008

    I hated this book :

    Lyddie, i really wasn't happy with this book. First of all thick text ,second of all confusing, and finnaly it was boring it was like get up work eat bed and on and on and it was kinda sad so it didn't make the reader feel good .Its cool in all about the mills but, it wasn't satisfying coouldnt find a climax really bland no flavor.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2008

    A reviewer

    I thought this book was great. Life is not perfect, and the reality this author showed about it makes the book a breath of fresh air. The harsh factory life, Lyddie's family situation, and the way she had to cope with it was all very believable. I was expecting childish, but actually I was quite blown away. Definitely recommended!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2007

    A reviewer

    I had to read this book for school. I'm in 7th gd. I really thought it would really boring and it actully ended up being really good! Luke seems so uhm-uhm!!!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2006

    Wasn't As Bad As I Thought

    I had to read this book for school, and it wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. One of the things I didn't like was the end. Not quite what you expected, and what happened to her dad?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2006

    I love Historical Fiction

    Lyddie is possibly the best book I have ever read. I recomeded it to my librarian and she loved it. So much she bought several copies for the school library. It is sad but moving. I recomend it to anyone who has ever had to work for something. I love this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2005

    Lyddie

    Lyddie is a great book about a very responsible girl trying to get along in the world. Her family's farm went into debt and her and her brother are trying to pay it off. I was not able to relate to the girl because it was such a different time, but I'm sure someone will be able to. I loved this book, it is such an interesting story, and I'm sure you'll like it too. All ages will like this story. I give it 5 stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2005

    Lyddie amazing

    Lydddie is a brave, tough girl who is very responsible.She can stare down a bear and work t the ultimate speed. She has to take care of her family with the help of her brother, Charlie. Lyddie's fatherhas left the family and a debt that Lyddie has to pay off before her uncle sells the farm! I can't relate to Lyddie because T have never been in that kind of situation. I liked the book, my favoritepart whes when she dealt with a bear, or when she had to take care of her younger sister, Rachel. I would recommend this book to children and adults. The age group that may like it the most would be pre-teens.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2003

    Great book

    I really enjoyed reading this book,and I highly reccomend it!! :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2003

    Fading Memories and Memorised Pages...

    As a child, I came across an old copy of 'Lyddie' in the $0.50 bin at a school book store. At the time I had no idea what the book was about, but purchased it anyway due to the fact that my teacher was encouraging my class mates and I to hurry. The first time I read it was three years later, while I was in the fifth grade. From the time when Lyddie first learns how to work at the mill, I was hypnotised and nothing except the book mattered to me. Because of the way that Lyddie worked, I began to help my mother when she needed me, and would help my father in his print shop, removing the printed sheets from the machines and bringing them to the sorter across the room for $2.00 an hour. The girl in the book had become my hero. The person I wanted to be like, no matter what anyone else had to say. Over and over again I read it, untill I began to use some of the wording in my everyday conversations. And I actually cried for over an hour when I discovered that the book had been left in the locker room of a sports center and somehow vanished before I could get back to retrieve it. Maybe it was because my grandmother died around the same time I lost it, but years later, while a junior in high school, I was shooked to find a copy at the local library and the first thing that came to my mind was my grandmother, and I just had to rent it. It is defenatly a one of a kind book, and if there was ever one that I have more memories of it is this book. In fact, very few of my memories from 5th-th grade don't involve the book. I would definatly reconmend it to anyone with an earge to be someone else, or that has a strong taking to role playing. Lyddie deffenatly is someone to admire, and want to become.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2003

    Sweet Book (Lyddie)

    I wanna thank my best friend Maria for letting me read this book because it was so awesome!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2002

    Lyddie From a Student's Point of View

    Lyddie by Katherine Paterson is a book that I thoroughly enjoyed and that I highly recommend. A young girl is sent by her mother to work in a tavern to pay the debt that the family has on the farm since her father left them. While there, she finds out that she can get higher pay as a "factory girl". She travels to Lowell, Massachusetts, and gets a job in a factory there. She makes friends, and is happy that she is making more money. But she is often faced with the problem of whether or not to sign the petition against unhealthy working conditions. Which is more important to her? Her job or her health? Will she get enough money to pay the debt before her evil uncle takes the farm? While the plot is a little slow getting started, it quickly becomes very interesting and suspenseful. This is a great book. The author did a wonderful job.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2002

    Reviewing Lyddie

    Lyddie Worthen lives with her mother, brother Charlie and two sisters in a small cabin on their farm. Her mother is not a stable person and Lyddie has to take on paying the farm debts. She looks for work in the factories in Lowell Mass. Factory life is hard but her goal is to one day return home with all the debts paid and live on the farm with her family. While reading the book I felt as though I was living life in the 1800's right alongside Lyddie. The story seemed so real and I felt some of the same emotion as the characters. I thought the book was very interesting in that it drew you in and let you see what life was really like for the women who worked in those factories. This book is written on a level that would make it easy for students to read and understand. I think that teachers will find this book to be a great accompaniment to History or Social Studies lessons pertaining to the industrial revolution, the factory system in America or as a testament to everyday life at this time in the history of our country.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2002

    I thought Lyddie was...

    I had to read this for school. It had no really exciting parts, and I think that it is not the greatest book. However, it didn't drag on and on, and wasn't too boring. If you like historical fiction though, you will probably likke Lyddie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2002

    ???

    The book is great, but seriously, do they have to have such a grim blurb?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2002

    Lyddie for Lyddie

    I read this book and I like loved it because I love books about the Industrial Revolution, and like, my friend, Lyddie, does to. So, this year, for her 13th b-day. I bought her this book. She loved it! Normally, she doesn't care for books by Katherine Paterson, but she really liked this one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2002

    I was dissappointed

    I had to read this book for school. Although I enjoyed Kathrine Paterson's Bridge to Terrabithia, I was very dissappointed in this books ending. It seeemed as though all Lyddie's hard work was for nothing, and that she could never truly be happy.What was the point of writing this story? Yes, Lyddie was strong, but she was never rewarded for it. And why would the reader want to be strong if they see that nothing good will come of it?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2002

    Lyddie by Katerine Paterson

    Lyddie is a historical fiction novel written by Katherine Paterson. It is the story of an impoverished farm-girl living in 19th century Vermont who is forced to carry the burden of repaying her father's substantial debts. When Lyddie realizes that she cannot raise the funds living at home, she embarks on a journey to earn the money needed to save her farmhouse. As the journey becomes one of self-reliance and self-discovery, Lyddie learns the value of overcoming adversity. Lyddie is a book of high literary merit because Katherine Paterson creates an authentic setting in Lowell, Massachusetts, where the reader can experience the life and times of a young girl defying adversity. The book has several developed themes such as self-reliance, responsibility, and overcoming obstacles. I found the novel Lyddie to be an inspirational story, which allowed me to appreciate the value of independence and a sense of duty. This is an extremely positive story for anyone to read, teaching the reader both a sense of responsibility and the benefits of transcending yourself, both mentally and physically. Lyddie also provides a wonderful role model for young women, teaching the benefits of self-reliance and overcoming socioeconomic obstacles. This book could be incorporated into the classroom to further expand students' knowledge concerning labor laws, child labor, life in Lowell, Massachusetts, and the working conditions endured during the 19th century. Lyddie has a strong story line and allows the audience to follow the journey of an impoverished farm-girl. Children who enjoy adventures and who are interested in the life of children in the 1800's would enjoy reading this historical fiction novel.

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