Lizzie and the Lost Baby (Paperback)
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Ten-year-old Lizzie and her younger brother are evacuated from London to the Yorkshire countryside during World War II. Lizzie discovers a baby apparently abandoned in a field and is immediately conflicted when the family she is staying with chooses to keep the baby. A thought-provoking story based on true events, which also explores themes of intolerance and compassion.— From Leo recommends
Cheryl Blackford's debut novel is set in England during World War II and told from the dual perspectives of ten-year-old Lizzie, a homesick girl evacuated from bomb-blitzed Hull to the remote Yorkshire valley, and Elijah, a local gypsy boy. When Lizzie discovers an abandoned baby, her dangerous friendship with Elijah is put to the test. Will Lizzie be able to find the baby's parents? And if she does, can she and Elijah remain friends in a world clouded by prejudice and fear?
About the Author
Born in Yorkshire, England, Cheryl Blackford developed a passion for fossils and rocks when she was 13 and would
later graduate with a degree in Geology. She has been fossil hunting in Lyme Regis, studied Anning artifacts and archival
materials in Oxford and Bristol. This is her first biography for children. She now lives in Minnesota.
"This tale will capture the minds of middle-grade readers and leave them wanting to find out more about World War II and treatment of children during this time, as well as treatment of the Gypsies in England."
"Blackford alludes throughout to The Secret Garden, Lizzie’s favorite book, and this promising novel has a similar setting and thought-provoking plot written in simple but affecting language."
"A satisfying chapter book with a well-realized historical setting and a stout-hearted heroine."
"Blackford¹s straight-to-the-heart prose brings a Yorkshire village and its inhabitants lovingly to life in this sweet and tender story. It¹s impossible not to be smitten with Lizzie, who not only finds a lost baby, but courage, friendship, justice, and a way forward in her new life."
—Margi Preus, New York Timesbest-selling author and Newbery Honor winner of Heart of a Samurai
"Familiar and inviting, Lizzie and the Lost Baby is the sort of book that feels like a friend."
—Caroline Starr Rose, author of May B and Blue Birds
"Inspiring and unfailingly honest. Written in authentic language and poetic prose, Ms. Blackford¹s gripping story is one that young readers everywhere will long remember."
—Eileen Beha, author of The Secrets of Eastcliff-by-the-Sea
"Empowering..Blackford masterfully brings this era to life in this simple, yet compelling story. A delightful read!"
—Mary Casanova, author of The Klipfish Code
"The kind of book I would have gulped down as a kid. With beautiful language and cultural and emotional complexity, Blackford brings us two characters who, when failed by adults, must navigate their own moral pathways. Love this book!"
—Pat Schmatz, author of Bluefish