By Katherine Paterson
Lyddie Worthen is a 13-year-old farm girl who takes a job in the textile mills of Lowell, Massachusetts, when hard times hit her family. Six days a week from dawn to dusk she and the other girls run weaving looms in the murky dust-and lint-filled factory. Lyddie learns to read—and to handle the menacing overseer. But when the working conditions begin to affect her friends' health, she has to make a choice. Will she speak up for better working conditions and risk her job—and her dream of reuniting her family? Or will she stay quiet until it is perhaps too late? A wonderful story of strength, courage and solidarity.
"The courage of boys in the working world has been dealt with often... but novels of this kind about girls are rare. Lyddie is outstanding because of the nature of its setting... This is a rich story packed with a great variety of characters... Lyddie is full of life, full of lives, full of reality." 182 pages paperback
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