Lyddie (Puffin Modern Classics)

Lyddie (Puffin Modern Classics)

by Katherine Paterson


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Lyddie (Puffin Modern Classics) by Katherine Paterson

"Rich in historical detail...a superb story of grit, determination, and personal growth." —The Horn Book, starred review  

When ten-year-old 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. 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. A story of determination and personal growth, Lyddie has already established itself as a classic.

“Paterson has brought a troubling time and place vividly to life, but she has also given readers great hope in the spirited person of Lyddie Worthen.” —School Library Journal, starred review

“A memorable portrait of an untutored but intelligent young woman making her way against fierce odds.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Lyddie is full of life, full of lives, full of reality.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Impeccably researched and expertly crafted, this book is sure to satisfy.” —Publishers Weekly

An ALA Notable Book
An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
Booklist Editor's Choice
American Bookseller "Pick of the Lists"
School Library Journal Best Book of 1991
Parents Magazine Best Book

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142402542
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 09/23/2004
Series: Puffin Modern Classics Series
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.05(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.55(d)
Lexile: 860L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Katherine Patersonis the renowned author of many classic children’s books, including Bridge to Terabithia; The Great Gilly Hopkins; Lyddie; Jacob Have I Loved; Come Sing, Jimmy Jo; and The Master Puppeteer, among many others. Her work has won two Newbery Medals and a Newbery Honor, two National Book Awards, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, and the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. She also served a term as the National Ambassador for Children’s Literature. Katherine lives in Vermont.

Table of Contents

1The Bear1
2Kindly Friends10
3Cutler's Tavern18
4Frog in a Butter Churn27
5Going Home35
7South to Freedom46
8Number Five, Concord Corporation52
9The Weaving Room62
11The Admirable Choice79
12I Will Not Be a Slave86
13Speed Up94
14Ills and Petitions106
18Charlie at Last141
20B Is for Brigid155
23Vermont, November 1846177

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Rich in historical detail . . . a superb story of grit, determination, and personal growth. (The Horn Book, starred review)

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Lyddie (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book recently and could not put it down. I certainly found it interesting and I am not a huge historical fiction fan. The ending is sad, but life isn't always positive, is it? I would certainly recommend this book for those who are looking for a good read and/or are looking for life for women during the 1800's.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the worst book I have ever read! I was forced to read it in 7th grade, and I hated it. It was boring the whole entire time, there was nothing even remotely good about it. Do NOT waste your money on this! When you finish reading it, you will want to sue the author for all she owns.
Crystelle More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book,and I highly reccomend it!! :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wanna thank my best friend Maria for letting me read this book because it was so awesome!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Since their dad is gone and their mother left, Lyddie and her brother are trying to make it on their own. Then word from their mother arrives. They are being hired out to settle a debt. Wanting a better life for her and her family, she journeys to the city of Lowell to be a factory girl and save her money. There she discovers a wonderful friend. Does she be-friend this girl and sign a petition for better working conditions or does Lyddie continue to try for a better life dealing with the factory? I believe that children would enjoy this book very much. It gives the reader a vivid idea of what it was like to be working in a factory in the 1840's. I also feel the book flows very well together and is not choppy or random. The vocabulary and style used was appropriate to the topic and content. I would recommend this book to any child in the middle to later elementary years who have an interest in history. This book could be used to enhance study of the working conditions in the 1840¿s and the gold rush era. I feel children would enjoy this book and get a lot out of it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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?
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book is great, but seriously, do they have to have such a grim blurb?
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was great. Bearly any of the kids in my class liked it, but I did. Just the fact that Lyddie was a girl around my age, and when she lived. Thats crazy! I would have died in the begining of the book if I were Lyddie. Though Lyddie wasnt an actual person, the author still makes it seem so. Well, all I ewanted to say was that after Lyddie leaves for college, I marry Luke Stevens.