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“My name is Lydia. This is my story.” In 1918, the Great War rages in Europe, then Spanish influenza tears a brutal path across the United States, leaving devastation in its wake. Suddenly, eleven year-old Lydia Pierce and her older brother, Daniel, find themselves orphans of the flu, and are taken by their grieving uncle to be raised in the Shaker community at Sabbath day Lake. Thrust into the Shakers’ unfamiliar way of life, Lydia, a fiercely independent girl, must grapple with a new world that is nothing like the one she used to know Lydia must work hard, and all the while she worries about her headstrong brother, who has run away. In time, and with her courageous spirit, Lydia learns to find the joy in living with the Shakers—yet she cannot stop wondering, will Daniel ever return? Download and start listening now!


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  • “Lowry writes with simplicity and sensitivity, bringing Lydia’s world to life through concrete details and making the child’s resilience entirely believable.” 


  • “Sara Barnett is a fresh, earnest narrator. With an unpretentious voice and steady pacing she maintains the intensity of Lydia’s observations on her new life. Portraying a girl who is experiencing so much change, Barnett is sad but never maudlin, complimentary but never saccharine.” 


  • “As befits the setting and subject, the narrative is simple and heartfelt, presenting a snapshot of a unique American community.” 

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