Dear America, Lydia has a story to tell you!

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"Like the Willow Tree," is the diary of Lydia Amelia Pierce living in Portland, Maine.

"Like the Willow Tree," is the diary of Lydia Amelia Pierce living in Portland, Maine. She starts her diary celebrating her eleventh birthday with her mother and father, her baby sister Lucy, and her brother Daniel. They are one big happy family, until Lydia's father falls ill with the Spanish Influenza, and passes it to his wife and Lucy, eventually leaving the children orphans. What are Lydia and Daniel to do?

 

Lydia and Daniel are thrust into the Shaker's unfamiliar way of life, where religion differs enormously from her own, and where strict rules feel like a restraining order. orphans like Lydia and Daniel are sent there to be raised as every child should. Daniel rejects this new way of life, and runs away, leaving Lydia sick with worry, Lydia finally begins to find joy in living with the Shakers, though one thought sticks in Lydia's mind, will she ever see her brother again?

 

This book was really well written and informative. For example: it tells readers about the Spanish Influenza that swept over the U.S. in 1918. It also mentions the Great War that was fought in 1918 as well. It informs readers all about the real- life shaker community at Sabbathday Lake. Plus, it tells all this in a fun, and engaging way. Lois Lowry (the author) did a good job! This book was a real page-turner, and I'd recommend it to readers from third grade to sixth grade, though, older people might enjoy it too.