Lily's Crossing

Lily's Crossing

by Patricia Reilly Giff, Reilly Giff


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Lily's Crossing by Patricia Reilly Giff, Reilly Giff

This “brilliantly told” (New York Times) Newbery Honor Book gives readers a sense of what it was like to be on the American home front while our soldiers were away fighting in World War II.
As in past years, Lily will spend the summer in Rockaway, in her family’s summer house by the Atlantic Ocean. But this summer of 1944, World War II has changed everyone’s life. Lily’s best friend, Margaret, has moved to a wartime factory town, and, much worse, Lily’s father is going overseas to the war.
There’s no one Lily’s age in Rockaway until the arrival of Albert, a refugee from Hungary with a secret sewn into his coat. Albert has lost most of his family in the war; he’s been through things Lily can’t imagine. But soon they form a special friendship. Now Lily and Albert have secrets to share: They both have told lies, and Lily has told one that may cost Albert his life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780440414537
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 01/28/1999
Series: Yearling Newbery Series
Edition description: REPRINT
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 80,038
Product dimensions: 5.19(w) x 7.63(h) x 0.57(d)
Lexile: 720L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Patricia Reilly Giff has recieved the Newbery Honor for Pictures of Hollis Woods and Lily’s Crossing, which is also a Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Book. Nory Ryan’s Song was named an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and an ALA Notable Book.

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He couldn't hear her, but in another flash he saw her, she was sure.  And the rest of it seemed to be in slow motion.  The next wave was so swollen, so tremendously high, that it pulled his boat up, and up, and the boat poised there on the crest for an instant, motionless.  She could see him clearly, the orange of his life jacket standing out even in the darkness.

Then, as the wave slid out from under the boat, she could see the forward part rising, almost straight up.  Lily watched it, breathless, as it slid back, and in that second, Albert was tossed into the sea.

She could see the orange life jacket a little longer, but after only seconds a wave pulled her boat in one direction and Albert in another and he disappeared.

She kept calling, kept trying to turn the boat in circles, glancing at the lights on the boardwalk to mark her place, watching for the streaks of lightning to show her where he was.

She veered away from his empty boat, which was spinning first high on a wave, then into the crest.  In another flash she saw him again, just the quickest glimpse, the orange life jacket, and his dark head above the water.

"I'm here," she yelled, not sure he had heard her, or even seen her, and then another wave came, a mountain of a swell that moved toward them, pushing Albert toward her.  Lily could see him turning toward her, his mouth open.  He was gulping water, and she reached out, and by some miracle, her hand hooked around the top of the jacket.  She held it, feeling her nails rip, but knowing she wouldn't let go, even if she was pulled out of the boat.

But the wave was past them now, and the water grew calm just for the second he needed to grip the boat, and she pulled at his jacket with both hands until he tumbled into the boat.

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Lily's Crossing 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 128 reviews.
Waterspirit More than 1 year ago
This was a beautiful tale. It told about the ups and downs of friendships, all about the war, and was a very good overall read. This book was also educational, But definetly not boring!!!! I reccomend this book to anyone who wishes to learn, laugh, and even cry!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first emotional book i ever read and i fell in love with it right away. If people ask me what is your favorite book i would say lily's crossing. Never going to forget this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lillys Crossing is a great book that people may be able relate to. It is packed with adventure, thrill, heart warming freindships and people being able to connect with others that yowould not belive. This is a fantastic book and i reccomend this to everyone. This book may touch your heart and change your life the way it bdid for me. Great great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book i read for a book report a long time ago and it was amazing i completely recommend it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This aword wining book is great! Evrything by this ather is great! I recimend WILD GIRL,NORY RIEN'S SONG,andPICTURS OF HOLLIS WOODS.
AmberLee13 More than 1 year ago
I really loved and enjoyed this book and I also thought that it was very interesting. In this book written by Patricia Reilly Giff, it talks about a little girl named lily who goes to her grandmothers every summer but this summer is different. She finds out that her best friend has to move away. The friend decides to leave lily an extra pair of keys so if lily every decided to write another book that she could go up in to the attic and write a book in peace and quiet. Then after lily's friend moves away a Hungarian boy moves in next door with their neighbors for the summer. Lily starts off to not care for the boy but then begins to bond with him over a cat that they both had found and are caring for. Then out of nowhere lily's father must leave to go over to the war to help the soldiers. Then later the Hungarian boy and lily must leave for it is the end of the summer. Then the very next summer lily returns to rockaway to stay with her grandmother and when she gets to her grandmother's house she finds her father standing there with the boy and his sister who was across seas because of sickness. So I thought that this was a little twist in the story. So, I really recommend this book to anyone between the ages ten and up. I would also rate this book a five out of five because I just thought that this book was very good and I also had fun reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book i ever read it is a awsome book if you like to laugh or smile for at least an hour after you read it love it:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did not even know that a book could be this great................
Tricia Lucas More than 1 year ago
Gabriella Yepes More than 1 year ago
i picked up this book and couldent put it down my momm had to tell me to stopp reading!
Annabelle Hardwick More than 1 year ago
i read it and i couldn't put it down!!!!!! i wish there were more like it.
Rebecca Hunderfund More than 1 year ago
i have always loved this book. Gret book for children. Lily, the main character, is very believeable and connects to you. definatly worth the cost.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very engaging story. Since I was Lily's age about the same time I found it brought back many memories. I bought it for my 10 year old granddaughter. and she is enjoying too. We have "bookclub" discussions about it. I recommend it for other parents.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In this book Lily has planned a spectacular summer in Rockway. But by the summer of 1944 World War 2 has changed almost everyone's life. Lily's best friend, Margaret, and her family has moved to a wartime factory town. And worse her father is on his way overseas to the war. There's no one else Lily's age in Rockway until Albert comes. Albert has lost most of his family in the war; he's been through things things Lily can't imagine. But when they join together to rescue and care for a kitten, they begin a special friendship. For Lily and Albert have their own secrets to share. They have both told lies, and Lily has told a lie that may cost Albert's life.
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This is a really good book! I love it i would totally read it again u should read this book!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a really great book that I definitely recommend. It has a relly nice setting and great this book in elementary school and still love it years later.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
BEST BOOK EVER!!!! I couldnt put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE this book so far and cannot wait to read more! This book has deffinetley got me up in my room reading like crazy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book so far is good and number #4 have you read this book i think you need to read it again
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This is one of my favorite historical fiction books. The story is great and so are the characters. Im not very emotional but this book put me on the verge of tears at some points. Deffinetly a 5/5 rating!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just read the first five pages and so far it is awesome. This book is for kids that are learning about world war two. And like books that are histofical books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is extremely boring HEED THE WARNING DO NOT READ THIS BOOK!