Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 4 - 8Grades 4 - 6n/a5.636599
Two-time Newbery Award-winning author Lois Lowry brings a brand-new, beautiful diary to the Dear America series!

Suddenly orphaned by the Spanish flu epidemic in the fall of 1918, eleven-year-old Lydia Pierce and her fourteen-year-old brother, Daniel, of Portland, Maine, are taken by their uncle to be raised in the Shaker community at Sabbathday Lake. Thrust into the Shakers' unfamiliar way of life, Lydia must grapple with a new world that is nothing like the one she used to know.

Now separated from her beloved brother, for men and women do not mix in this community, Lydia must adjust to many changes. But in time, and with her courageous spirit, she learns to find the joy in life again.
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published on January 1, 2011 by Scholastic Inc.
ISBN-10: 0545144698
ISBN-13: 9780545144698
3 Book Reviews
  • moviestar-girl3
    moviestar-girl3over 1 year
    Great book, I read it and enjoyed every minute of it,and could not put it down till it was done.I hope you will enjoy it I did.
    • owlslovebooks
      owlslovebooksalmost 4 years55 stars
      I love this book
      • jumpforjoy
        jumpforjoyover 5 years44 stars
        This book was really interesting. It is about a girl named Lydia who stays with a religious group of people named the Shakers, after her parents and baby sister die of the Spanish Influenza, a heart breaking disease which spread across the world very quickly because there were not enough doctors and medical equipment. Daniel, Lydia's older brother wants to run away and join the army. Will he choose to stay at The Chosen Land, the name of the Shaker;s community, or run away and leave Lydia by herself? Lydia learns to be simple, learn of Mother Ann's teachings, and love God.