Lily and Nellie work hard as housemaids in Lissadell. And yet their days are full of friendship, fun, and even madcap bicycle rides with Maeve, daughter of the famous Republican, Countess Markievicz. But Nellie is all alone in the world; she grew up in the workhouse, where she was separated from her sisters. Lily longs to help her, but how can she?
From the author of Lily at Lissadell and the ‘Alice & Megan’, ‘Eva’ and ‘Time After Time’ series
Lissadell House, Sligo, 1913
Friends Lily and Nellie work long hard hours as housemaids for the Gore Booth family in the Big House. And yet these are days filled with friendship, fun, and even madcap bicycle rides with Maeve, daughter of the famous Republican, Countess Marcievicz.
But Lily knows there’s an empty place in her friend’s heart. Nellie is all alone in the world; she grew up in the workhouse, where she was separated from her sisters. Lily longs to help her, but could she end up losing all she has – even her livelihood. And what will happen to her hopes and dreams? Just how much would you give up for a friend …?
A story of friendship set in the changing world of early 20th century Ireland.
Lily is once again shown to be a kind, resourceful character that children can look up to. She is determined to help her friend Nellie find the family she was separated from in the workhouse and uses all the connections she has to do so. Curtin’s familiar conversational style keeps the reader engaged with the characters and the plot. Irish history lovers will enjoy the presence of characters such as Countess Markievicz. A thoroughly enjoyable read and sure to become a favourite in Irish households
No one writes friendship stories quite like Curtin and the historical details are fascinating, like the seal in the Lissadell pond. Everyone needs a friend like Lily, kind, clever and tenacious, and in a difficult year, this book is like a warm hug
Judi Curtin fans have a treat in store with the much-anticipated sequel to last year’s Lily A t Lissadell arriving in time for Christmas. Lily Steps Up returns to the Downton esque ‘big house’ of the Booths in Lissadell, Co Sligo. Fact meets fiction as serving girl Lily and Maeve, daughter of Constance Markievicz, track down the sister of another servant and bring her to Lissadell, but Lily faces a dilemma when a valuable locket goes missing and the sister becomes the chief suspect
Gives a valuable insight into the lives in the Big House as well as the gap between the upstairs and downstairs. Well drawn characters and a tale with a twist in the tail
Judi Curtin, whose Alice and Megan, Eva, and Friends Forever series have made her a firm favourite with readers aged seven-plus, has just released the second of her Lissadell books. Lily Steps Up continues the intriguing story of the fictional housemaid at Sligo’s Lissadell House, who befriends the real Maeve Markievicz. Set in 1914, against a backdrop of huge social change in Ireland in which Maeve’s mother Constance was actively involved, the story revolves around Lily’s attempts to help her friend, fellow serving girl Nellie, who appears to be alone in the world … Tales of female friendship being something of a speciality for Cork native Curtin, this historical setting, giving an insight into social-class division, makes the Lissadell series among her most accomplished yet
Super stocking filler
My niece waits with bated breath for the new Judi Curtin each year! She has collected all of her books and even has the Judi Curtin pencils and tote bags, which she keeps in mint condition. She reads the Eva series and the Alice and Megan series on a loop! You can’t go wrong with any of these
Everyone needs a friend like Lily, kind, clever and tenacious. In a difficult year, this book is like a warm hug
A wonderfully crafted historical kids novel, perfect for ages 8 and up
I would recommend this book highly
Really loved this book … 10/10 as it was an excellent read - I have even read some parts twice
Martha, 5th Class, Our Lady of Good Counsel GNS
I absolutely love Judi’s books… gorgeous...madcap...a lovely book about friendship and courage and hope
Downton Abbey for 8 year olds
Her stuff is brilliant
Lily Steps Up is the sequel to Judi Curtin's immensely enjoyable novel Lily at Lissadell. It is another beautifully-written page-turner. We meet Lily and best friend Nellie once again, both housemaids in the 'Big House' owned by the Gore-Booth family at Lissadell. Despite their work being arduous and their lives being difficult, the overriding theme of friendship and fun is ever present. Together they fill their days with work and adventure, and even get to encounter how the other half live through their escapades with in-house resident Maeve, daughter of republican Constance Markievicz. While Lily has a warm and loving family who she gets to visit at weekends, poor Nellie is not so lucky. Bereft of family, Nellie is very much on her own in this world. But when Lily gets word that Nellie's sister may well be alive, she sets out to help her friend, putting her job and livelihood in jeopardy. The second in this series, but hopefully not the last, this book will capture the hearts of many. With cross-curricular links, and historical references, this book is suitable for classroom use and individual reading
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