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Uri Orlev

Young Adult, 1991

Lydia, a 10-year-old girl living in Romania before WWII, escapes into fantasy to help her cope with the trying aspects of her life: her parent’s divorce, the growing hostility toward Romania’s Jewish population, and her traumatic relocation –without her mother – to a kibbutz in Palestine.


Batchelder Award, American Library Association, 1993

New York Times Notable Book of the Year, 1993



Rights Sold to:

China, Bridging Culture; Denmark, Forum/Gyldendal (audio); Germany, Elefanten/Maier; Holland, De Fontein; Israel, Keter; Italy, Salani; Portugal, Ambar; Spain, Noguer; USA, Houghton Mifflin/Puffin Books


“Audacity, thy name is Lydia...In Lydia, Orlev has created a real hero, one that wins our admiration but never our pity. Children will love her, will cheer her on in her battles and be uplifted by her triumphs.” – The New York Times Book Review

“A forceful and uncannily moving novel...the author’s judicious invocation of historical events and his energetic emphasis on the characters’ personal dramas build to a riveting story in which every element seems freshly lived.” – Publishers Weekly

“For every angry child who ever resisted the horrible fate of being good, Lydia is an inspiration, a role model, and most of all, a friend.” – Booklist

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