Like the Willow Tree

Like the Willow Tree

The Diary of Lydia Amelia Pierce

Book - 2011
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After being orphaned during the influenza epidemic of 1918, eleven-year-old Lydia Pierce and her fourteen-year-old brother are taken by their grieving uncle to be raised in the Shaker community at Sabbath day Lake. Includes author's note about the Shakers.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780545144698
Branch Call Number: jFICTION Lowry
Characteristics: 216 p. : ill., map ; 20 cm
Alternative Title: Diary of Lydia Amelia Pierce


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Oct 24, 2016

Lois Lowry, author of Number the Stars and The Giver, shares the story of Lydia Amelia Pierce. When her parents and baby sister are killed by influenza in 1918, Lydia and her brother Daniel are sent to live with an aunt and uncle in rural Maine. When their relatives can no longer afford to keep them, they are delivered to a Shaker community called Sabbathday Lake. As Lydia adjusts to a very different way of life, the reader learns a lot about the Shaker community and its religious beliefs. This short novel is a good introduction to an almost gone religion that shaped American life in the 19th and early 20 centuries.

This is really a great series with a good insight!

Sep 04, 2014

This is a really good book, though sad when Lydia's mom, dad, and sister die. This is helpful for history projects, as it teaches you about the Shakers and their way of life.


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Feb 02, 2014

brown_pony_30 thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over


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