Author: Katherine Paterson
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Industrial Revolution and Gilded Age, Determination and Perseverance, Women's History and Experience, Growing Up, Survival, Homelessness and Poverty
After her father abandons the family, ten-year-old Lyddie Worthen's mother hires the young girl out to pay his debts. This impoverished Vermont farm girl is determined to gain her independence by becoming a factory worker in Lowell, Massachusetts, in the 1840s.
"A superb story of grit, determination, and personal growth." — The Horn Book
"A remarkable portrait of an untutored but intelligent young woman making her way against fierce odds". — Kirkus Reviews, starred review. "
A superb novel". — School Library Journal.
American Bookseller Pick of the Lists
Booklist Editor's Choice
ALA Notable Book
ALA Best Book for Young Adults