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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,364 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patricia Reilly Giff Narrator: Mia Dillon Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2008 ISBN: 9781400085743
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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.




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Quotes & Awards

  • Named a 1998 Newbery Honor Book, an ALA Notable Book, and a Boston Globe--Horn Book Honor Book.
  • Details...are woven with great effect into a realistic story. The Horn Book Magazine, starred
  • Exceptional characterizations and a robust story line...this has all the ingredients that best reward readers. Publishers Weekly
  • Brilliantly told. The New York Times Book Review
  • With wry comedy and intense feeling...Giff gets across a strong sense of what it was like on the home front during World War II...The friendship story is beautifully drawn. Booklist
  • A 1998 Newbery Honor Book
  • A 1997 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melanie Swider | 2/20/2014

    " Great HF book for World War II "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Whitney | 2/12/2014

    " "Lily's Crossing" is a lovely story of a young girl whose life is torn apart and uncertain because of World War II. Lily grows within herself and builds a friendship to last a lifetime with the most unlikely of people. This book would be great for girls from 9-12. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Naomi | 2/10/2014

    " this is pretty good.. i read it in like 3rd grade... it is about a girl in the time of world war 2 and her father is sent out to war.. after her mother died a couple years before... it is sad! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Care Baers | 2/5/2014

    " As in past years,Lily will spend the summer in Rockaway,in her family's summer house by Atlantic Ocean.But this summer of 1944,World WAR 2 has changed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leo | 2/4/2014

    " This book is pretty cool. It's about a girl whose dad goes to help in World War 2 and she has to cope with living with her grandmother which is really hard for her. She befriends a boy from Hungary and they have lots of fun together over the summer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Isabelle | 1/30/2014

    " I think it is a very well written book. This book is about a young girl named Lily she moved to Rockway. (a made up place) Then her friend Margret moves away. So Lily is alone. Until she meets this boy Albert and then she discovers that most his family has died. Then they become friends and then Albert told so many things that she could not even imagine. One day they went to the movie theater and they had no money so they snuck up these stairs and watched from the window. Until this man came up and Spotted them then he said...."WHAT ARE YOU KIDS DOING UP HERE" I thought that was entertaining. So they had to leave. Well I recommended this book it was by Patricia Reilly Giff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abs | 1/16/2014

    " This is a great book for my historical fiction unit. It describes what it was like for families during WW2 in America. I really connected with Lily, "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heep | 1/16/2014

    " This is a beautiful and touching children's book, but its qualities and story are very subtle. It tells the tale of a girl who lives through the tribulations of World War 2 on the home front. Although engaging and likeable, she is at first self-absorbed but learns empathy for others as she develops a friendship with a refugee. The author does not sugar coat the story but it is entirely appropriate for children. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tk | 1/12/2014

    " A wonderful, sweet book. I wish more books were written like this today. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maureen | 1/11/2014

    " Nice read but somewhat boring. On my list of Newberry's. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly Aley | 12/31/2013

    " I read this with my students when we study WWII. it shows nicely what was happening on the American shores while many men were at war. The child's perspective is well done and her friendship with the boy is interesting. Lots of good discussion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret | 12/29/2013

    " 3 and a HALF stars. Pretty good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 12/26/2013

    " I really liked this book. Recommended to me by Cathryn. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashlee | 12/22/2013

    " This is a beautiful book. I read this in elementary school and I loved it! Another great childhood book! It is a great story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenna | 12/10/2013

    " It was okay. It was kinda boring though, and written very young even though the concepts were for older people (namely: war). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 12/10/2013

    " Read this with my 10yr. old daughter. We both REALLY enjoyed this book! In fact, she didn't want to stop reading most nights. Highly recommend! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 iLa | 10/12/2013

    " Good introduction to WWII era for a young reader. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brittany | 8/22/2013

    " This book was okay. It was a nice easy read and a quick story during the Nazi invasion times. Perfect book for a child that might need a book for a book report. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan Koenig | 8/22/2013

    " I thought this was a good book for 3rd to 5th graders. It gives a nice look on how life was in America during WWII. All the confussion and how the people were at home waiting to hear what was going on with the war. I love how Lily was so imagivative and found a great friend in Albert. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tagsister | 7/30/2013

    " This was such a good book! I did a book report on it when I was little. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tory Hunz | 12/5/2012

    " a little slow getting started... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 A. Somers | 8/31/2012

    " This historical fiction tale tells the story of two friends who must live with the consequences of the lies that they have told. This would be a good starter book for students interested in Holocaust period fiction. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 8/30/2012

    " I normally love adolescent lit, but this was boring. All things considered, Lily is a little brat. And the story was very choppy. I didn't know or care what was going on most of the time. Glad I can mark it off my list. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 7/23/2012

    " A wonderful story of great friendship between a young girl and a Hungarian boy in 1948. The truths they discover for the consequences for lying are timeless. This is truly a beautiful must read book that I don't know how I missed growing up with. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Twobbema | 6/26/2012

    " WW2 story told through the eyes of an 11 year old girl. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katherine | 11/21/2011

    " An okay story. A little slow moving, and transitions between chapters weren't very good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie W | 8/18/2011

    " It made me think about how famlies can be separated by things like tragedy and war and death. At the same time, you realize that friendship and love are especially important in those tough times, like the friendship between Lilly and Albert. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fiona M | 7/21/2011

    " so far, this book is awesome. I love the way that Patricia Reilly Giff wrote this. I think Albert was thought up really well. I love It! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sally | 5/10/2011

    " This is a sweet coming of age story that takes place during WWII in New York and is told from the perspective of a 13 year old girl. This is my second reading and I enjoyed it more than the first time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Guitargirl | 5/4/2011

    " Adorable book. Cute setting. Good read. Recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroline | 4/10/2011

    " This is a good book to teach children about World War 2 and how normal children would have had to live despite so many obstacles. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michael | 3/21/2011

    " A little turgid and melodramatic especailly the musical rises and falls in the audio, but standard Newbery Historical Fiction fair with spunky heroine. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrew | 2/28/2011

    " Nice ending. Solid 2 star rating--almost a 3 star. 4th to 5th grade level, really. Historical fiction? Barely. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rose | 2/22/2011

    " It is such a heart warming story of friendship. I always wanted to have a best friend, just like Albert. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tory | 2/19/2011

    " a little slow getting started... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 2/16/2011

    " This book was very quick & easy to read. I honestly wished it were longer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sally | 2/1/2011

    " This is a wonderful story of WWII and the effects on the children. That's one stream, but what I enjoyed most was the friendships of the children: how they develop, how they relate, what makes them love one another. Theme is so strong and the characterization is well drawn. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric | 1/25/2011

    " This book is surprisingly moving. I especially admired the excellent story of the developing friendship. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Twobbema | 1/24/2011

    " WW2 story told through the eyes of an 11 year old girl. "

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About the Author
Author Patricia Reilly GiffPatricia Reilly Giff is the author of the Newbery Honor Books Lily’s Crossing and Pictures of Hollis Woods. Lily’s Crossing is also a Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Book. Giff’s Nory Ryan’s Song is an ALA Notable Book, Best Book for Young Adults, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, and a Golden Kite Honor Book.