Billie Standish Was Here

Billie Standish Was Here

by Nancy Crocker


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Billie Standish has pretty much no one. Her parents are too caught up in their own lives, and the only two girls in town her age want nothing to do with her. When it looks like a nearby levee might break, and Billie's elderly neighbor, Miss Lydia, is the only other person besides her family to stick around, a friendship is born out of circumstance. What happens during that time, in that empty town, is a tragedy that Billie can't bear alone. Can the love of one woman nearing the end of her life save the life of a young woman just at the beginning of living hers?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416924234
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date: 06/05/2007
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: 820L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Nancy Crocker is a native of Missouri who started her career as a singer and appeared with Loretta Lynn at age thirteen. She graduated from Columbia College and since then has been acting and writing. Her work has appeared in the American Heritage Anthology, and she is the author of the picture book Betty Lou Blue, published by Dial. This is her first novel. Nancy lives with her husband and son near a lake in Minneapolis, where they enjoy fishing. You can visit Nancy at

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Billie Standish Was Here 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
This novel set in Missouri in the 1960's transports the reader to another time and place, where the problems faced by Billie Standish are just as real as those faced by teens today.

Billie's parents wanted a boy, hence the first name of William, and spend the majority of their time ignoring her. When the river starts to rise and threatens to flood, Billie's family is one of the few to stay. She forms an unlikely friendship with an elderly woman, Miss Lydia, who begins to show her that there is more to life than her parent's disappointment and that she is capable of far more than she thought.

When a horrible tragedy befalls Billie, Miss Lydia is the only one who can help.

Crocker tells the gentle story of Billie Standish with grace and sensitivity, contrasting the innocence of a time when space travel was astonishing with the dark actions humans are always capable of. The novel follows Billie's life as she grows from the age of eleven to graduating from high school, and as her friendship with Miss Lydia and the secret they share shapes and transforms her life.

**Disclaimer: This novel contains sensitive subject matter that is geared towards older, mature teens.
TigerLMS on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the story of an unlikely friendship between an eleven year old girl, Billie, and an elderly woman, Lydia, who lives across the street. This is more than a coming of age story, it is the tale of the worst of an angry world being thrust upon an innocent girl-- and the fallout that remains. It is a story of redemption, love, life, and ultimately, hope. The fact that the story takes place in rural western Missouri, not far from where my own high school library is, makes the book that much more relevant. Set in the turbulent late 1960s and early 1970s, Billie has her eyes opened to a world beyond her father's limited visions for her. Billie is the only child of two struggling farmers who have at best neglected their child by never being around. Billie forms a friendship with Lydia, an elderly neighbor, and as the years pass we see not only the significant events of a tumultuous time but the significance of those on ordinary people. This is nominated for the Missouri Gateway Readers Award in 2010. There are 15 books nominated; this is the 14th I've read. This is clearly the best of a very good group of nominees. I highly recommend this wonderful book!
amytaylor on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the story of William Marie Standish, the only daughter to farmers living in Missouri. Billie thinks she'll be spending the summer of 1968 like she has spent every other summer she can remember, alone. Her parents work very hard from sun up til sun down while Billie stays home. However, this summer has something different in store for Billie. When her town is evacuated for a possible flood her family decides to stick it out. Her family and one neighbor are the only people left. Billie and Miss Lydia, the elderly neighbor strike up a very unlikey friendship; spending every afternoon together. It's turning into the best summer Billie has every had until something awful happens. She and Miss Lydia now share a terrible secret and have only eachother to lean on.
bkladyatl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very well written story of Billie Standish, named wiliam by her farming parents who wanted a boy. She is pretty much invisible until the summer she becomes friends with her elderly neighbor. When Billie is attacked by the neighbor's son, it is a secret they share. This is the story of a young girl's journey from tragedy to loving relationships.
WarriorLibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very good! Novel was about growing up and dealing with family problems.
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