Dear America: Like the Willow Tree: The Diary of Lydia Amelia Pierce, Portland, Maine, 1918 by Lois LowryDear America: Like the Willow Tree: The Diary of Lydia Amelia Pierce, Portland, Maine, 1918 by Lois Lowry

Dear America: Like the Willow Tree: The Diary of Lydia Amelia Pierce, Portland, Maine, 1918

byLois Lowry

Hardcover | January 1, 2011

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In 1918, while WWI rages in Europe, Spanish Influenza ravages the United States, and Lydia Pierce sees her hometown changing as a result. Makeshift hospitals are set up in schools and churches, and Portland's streets and shops are empty. Then, the unthinkable happens: Lydia loses her parents and baby sister to the flu. She and her moody older brother, who wants nothing more than to join the army and fight overseas, are sent to live in a Shaker community in Northern Maine, which takes in orphans.

The Shaker way of life is strange at first, but eventually Lydia comes to embrace the simplicity, humility, and diligent hard work that characterize the Shakers. But when her brother really does run away, Lydia is wracked with worry. What will become of him? And what will become of the Shakers as their way of life becomes increasingly difficult?

Lois Lowry has woven a gorgeous and incredibly moving story of one girl's struggle to face the hardest time she's ever known. But with her indomitable courage and spark, Lydia finds her way.

Lois Lowry is the author of many acclaimed books for children. She is a two-time Newbery Award winner-for Number the Stars and The Giver, soon to be a major motion picture. She is also the author of Gossamer, Crow Call, and The Willoughbys, among numerous others. She lives in Massachusetts with her family.
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Title:Dear America: Like the Willow Tree: The Diary of Lydia Amelia Pierce, Portland, Maine, 1918Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 7.72 × 5.42 × 0.79 inPublished:January 1, 2011Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0545144698

ISBN - 13:9780545144698

Appropriate for ages: 8

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