The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry
  

The Willoughbys

Written by Lois Lowry

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A really quirky and completely original tale of villains, benefactors, abandoned infants, winsome orphans and diabolical plans. The kids in the Willoughby household – four of them, plot how best to become orphans, for their parents are not what they’d hoped for; at least they are not when they compare themselves to their literary heroes like Anne of Green Gables, Pollyanna and James with his giant peach. What's more, the parents in the Willoughby household are formulating a plan inspired by Hansel and Gretel to get rid of their children! Chaos reigns and wonderful old-fashioned adventures ensue, but do the kids and the parents eventually see sense??? It’s well worth reading to find out.

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The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry

"Shouldn't we be orphans?" one of the Willoughby children suggests one day. The four are, after all, part of an old-fashioned kind of family, and their parents -- well, their parents are not all that one would hope for. Recalling literary heroes like Anne of Green Gables, Pollyanna and James with his giant peach, the Willoughbys concoct a diabolical plan to turn themselves into worthy and winsome orphans. Little do they know that Mr and Mrs Willoughby have already begun to formulate their own thoroughly despicable plan inspired by another favourite bedtime story: the tale of Hansel and Gretel...

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It's recommended for eight-10 years but anyone up to treble digits would enjoy the black humour of Lowry's novel. Bookseller

About the Author

Lois Lowry

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I’ve always felt that I was fortunate to have been born the middle child of three. My older sister, Helen, was very much like our mother: gentle, family-oriented, eager to please. Little brother Jon was the only boy and had interests that he shared with Dad; together they were always working on electric trains and erector sets; and later, when Jon was older, they always seemed to have their heads under the raised hood of a car. That left me in-between, and exactly where I wanted most to be: on my own. I was a solitary child who lived in the world of books and my own vivid imagination.

I married young. I had just turned nineteen - just finished my sophomore year in college - when I married a Naval officer and continued the odyssey that military life requires. California. Connecticut (a daughter born there). Florida (a son). South Carolina. Finally Cambridge, Massachusetts, when my husband left the service and entered Harvard Law School (another daughter; another son) and then to Maine - by now with four children under the age of five in tow.

After my marriage ended in 1977, when I was forty, I settled into the life I have lived ever since. Today I am back in Cambridge, Massachusetts, living and writing in a house dominated by a very shaggy Tibetan Terrier named Bandit. For a change of scenery Martin and I spend time in Maine, where we have an old (it was built in 1768!) farmhouse on top of a hill. In Maine I garden, feed birds, entertain friends, and read..

The Giver - and Gathering Blue, and the newest in the trilogy: Messenger - take place against the background of very different cultures and times. Though all three are broader in scope than my earlier books, they nonetheless speak to the same concern: the vital need of people to be aware of their interdependence, not only with each other, but with the world and its environment.

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Format

Paperback
174 pages
Interest Age: 8-10

Author

Lois Lowry
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Author's Website

www.loislowry.com/

Publisher

Boxer Books Limited

Publication date

4th March 2010

ISBN

9781907152405

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