"Like the Willow Tree: The Diary of Lydia Amelia Pierce"
By Lois Lowry
Scholastic, $12.99, ages 9-12
The newest versions of the "Dear America" books, a series of fictional diaries, offer a personal way into important American moments. The focus here is on the
of 1918 and the Shaker community at Sabbathday Lake, in
. Eleven-year-old Lydia is "desolate" because the Portland,
, Board of Health has closed the theaters and she won't be able to see