Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780142402542
  • 192 Pages
  • Puffin Books
  • 8-12 years


“Rich in historical detail…a superb story of grit, determination, and personal growth.” —The Horn Book, starred review  

When ten-year-old Lyddie and her younger brother are hired out as servants to help pay off their family farm’s debts, Lyddie is determined to find a way to reunite her family. Hearing about all the money a girl can make working in the textile mills in Lowell, Massachusetts, she makes her way there, only to find that her dreams of returning home may never come true. A story of determination and personal growth, Lyddie has already established itself as a classic.

“Paterson has brought a troubling time and place vividly to life, but she has also given readers great hope in the spirited person of Lyddie Worthen.” —School Library Journal, starred review

“A memorable portrait of an untutored but intelligent young woman making her way against fierce odds.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Lyddie is full of life, full of lives, full of reality.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Impeccably researched and expertly crafted, this book is sure to satisfy.” —Publishers Weekly

An ALA Notable Book
An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
Booklist Editor’s Choice
American Bookseller “Pick of the Lists”
School Library Journal Best Book of 1991
Parents Magazine Best Book


Rich in historical detail . . . a superb story of grit, determination, and personal growth. (The Horn Book, starred review)


Puffin Modern Classics
Roald Dahl
Illustrator: Quentin Blake
Julius Lester
Illustrator: Tom Feelings