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Like the Willow Tree: The Diary of Lydia Amelia Pierce, Portland, Maine, 1918
Dear America Series Book #38 of 43 in publication order (switch to alphabetical order)
Author: Lois Lowry

Book Info

Published on January 1, 2011
Age Group: 8 - 13 years
Reading Level: AR: 5.6 (6.0 Points, Quiz #141528)
GLE: 2.7
F&P/GRL: T
DRA: 50
Lexile® measure: 830L

Summary:
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 Sabbathday Lake. Includes author's note about the Shakers.

Excerpt/First Sentence(s):
I am desolate. Mother and Father had agreed that for my birthday today, they would take me (and my brother, Daniel, though I don't think it was entirely fair that Daniel should be going, since it is not
his birthday, just mine) to the moving pictures to see Tom Mix in Cupid's Roundup at the Strand Theatre.

Back Cover:
My name is Lydia. This is my story….
In 1918. as the Great War rages in Europe. the 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 Sabbathday Lake. Thrust into the Shaker's 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?

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