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Lois Lowry - Author

About the Author

Lois Lowry on Lois Lowry:

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.

Because my father was a career military officer - an Army dentist - I lived all over the world. I was born in Hawaii, moved from there to New York, spent the years of World War II in my mother’s hometown: Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and from there went to Tokyo when I was eleven. High school was back in New York City, but by the time I went to college (Brown University in Rhode Island), my family was living in Washington, D.C.

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.

My children grew up in Maine. So did I. I returned to college at the University of Southern Maine, got my degree, went to graduate school, and finally began to write professionally, the thing I had dreamed of doing since those childhood years when I had endlessly scribbled stories and poems in notebooks.

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..

My books have varied in content and style. Yet it seems that all of them deal, essentially, with the same general theme: the importance of human connections. A Summer to Die, my first book, was a highly fictionalized retelling of the early death of my sister, and of the effect of such a loss on a family. Number the Stars, set in a different culture and era, tells the same story: that of the role that we humans play in the lives of our fellow beings.

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.

Featured books by Lois Lowry

The Giver

The Giver

11+ readers

Author: Lois Lowry Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/07/2014

It is the future. There is no war, no hunger, no pain. No one in the community wants for anything. Everything needed is provided. And at twelve years old, each member of the community has their profession carefully chosen for them by the Committee of Elders. Twelve-year old Jonas has never thought there was anything wrong with his world. But from the moment he is selected as the Receiver of Memory, Jonas discovers that their community is not as perfect as it seems. It is only with the help of the Giver, that Jonas can find what has been lost. And it is only through his personal courage that Jonas finds the strength to do what is right...The Giver is the award-winning classic of bravery and adventure that has inspired countless dystopian writers as the forerunner of this genre.

Other books by Lois Lowry

The Giver (Graphic Novel)

The Giver (Graphic Novel)

Author: Lois Lowry Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/04/2019

The Giver is a modern classic and one of the most influential books of our time. Now in graphic novel format, Lois Lowry's Newbery Medal-winning classic story of a young boy discovering the dark secrets behind his seemingly ideal world is accompanied by renowned artist P. Craig Russell's beautifully haunting illustrations. Placed on countless reading lists, translated into more than forty languages, and made into a feature film, The Giver is the first book in The Giver Quartet that also includes Gathering Blue, Messenger, and Son. In this new graphic novel edition, readers experience the haunting story of twelve-year-old Jonas and his seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment, through the brilliant art of P. Craig Russell that truly brings The Giver to life. Witness Jonas's assignment as the Receiver of Memory, watch as he begins to understand the dark secrets behind his fragile community, and follow the explosion of color into his world like never before.

The One Hundredth Thing About Caroline

The One Hundredth Thing About Caroline

Author: Lois Lowry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2018

The most useless and obnoxious thing in the world to Caroline Tate is her older brother, J.P., the genius with the photographic memory. But now, for the first time, she needs him. She needs him because upstairs in the fifth floor apartment of their building is a mystery man who plans to commit a terrible crime-and she and J.P. are the targets! Luckily, Caroline's best friend, Stacy, wants to be an investigative journalist, so she knows how to gather evidence. Together, Caroline, Stacy, and J.P. set out to catch this criminal red handed before he can pull off his dastardly deed!

Your Move, J.P.!

Your Move, J.P.!

Author: Lois Lowry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2018

J.P. is in love, and it's making him do all sorts of weird things. Like using deodorant, bumping into walls, and imagining he hears serenading violins. J.P. has even forgotten his obsession with chess, too caught up in pondering the beauty of Angela Patricia Galsworthy, a girl who has just moved to town from London and has the most charming British accent. J.P. will do anything to impress Angela, even lie about having a fatal disease called triple framosis. From there, his lies grow bigger and bigger and bigger, until he can barely keep them all straight. What's a poor lovesick boy to do?

Switcharound

Switcharound

Author: Lois Lowry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2018

Caroline and J.P.'s father has asked them to come visit him and his new wife in Des Moines, Iowa. They don't really want to go, but they also don't have a say in the matter. Upon arriving, they discover they each have unexpected and unpleasant responsibilites. Caroline has to babysit their baby twin sisters and J.P. is forced to coach baseball to a bunch of six-year-olds. The two decide to call a truce in their continual sibling warfare and help each other out. They soon discover there's strength in numbers - and a little responsibility isn't always a bad thing.

Looking Back A Book of Memories

Looking Back A Book of Memories

Author: Lois Lowry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/08/2017

The Silent Boy

The Silent Boy

Author: Lois Lowry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/06/2017

Anastasia, Absolutely

Anastasia, Absolutely

Author: Lois Lowry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/09/2016

What could possibly go wrong when Anastasia Krupnik walks to a mailbox early one morning with two packages and a dog? A mail mix-up of a most embarrassing kind. Instead of mailing the letter, she deposits her dog's morning business! As her school Values class debates moral issues and the local police confiscate the corner mailbox, Anastasia faces a dilemma of her own. Should she confess? What is the right thing to do? With her characteristic integrity and humor, Anastasia weighs her options.

Anastasia's Chosen Career

Anastasia's Chosen Career

Author: Lois Lowry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/03/2016

In her seventh adventure, the irrepressible Anastasia decides that she needs more poise and confidence especially since her chosen career is to be a bookstore owner. A flyer on her father's windshield convinces her that charm school at Studio Charmante will teach her just that. But a week in modeling school may be just what Anastasia needs to realise that, just maybe, she already has what it takes.

Anastasia at This Address

Anastasia at This Address

Author: Lois Lowry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/03/2016

Unfazed by her friends' decision to give up boys, Anastasia Krupnik answers a personal ad she finds in a magazine. When the special he decides he wants to meet her, Anastasia finds herself in quite a predicament--especially since her letters might have stretched the truth just a tiny bit...

Anastasia Has the Answers

Anastasia Has the Answers

Author: Lois Lowry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/02/2016

It's bad enough to be humiliated, Anastasia Krupnik realizes. But to be humiliated in front of an audience--and in front of the world's most glamorous gym teacher--and while wearing a royal blue gym suit? That's the pits. Now that she's decided to become a journalist, life's questions ought to be pretyy easy to answer, Anastasia thinks. A journalist, after all, simply responds to the who, what, when, where, and why of every situation. But why are Daphne Bellingham's parents getting a divorce? Is it Daphne's fault? And why--WHY--is Anastasia the most physically uncoordinated person iever to set foot in a gymnasium? Once again Lois Lowry's wonderful and irrepressible Anastasia has the answers.

Anastasia on Her Own

Anastasia on Her Own

Author: Lois Lowry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/02/2016

So she and her dad decide to organize Anastasia's frazzled mother to help her run the household smoothly. When Mum goes away for work, Anastasia gets to test out her theory. The household quickly begins to crumble as Anastasia has to face Sam's chickenpox, an unexpected visit from her dad's old girlfriend, and her first date ever. How is she supposed to take care of Sam and make a romantic gourmet meal? Anastasia has newfound respect for everything her mother does for the family.

Anastasia off Her Rocker

Anastasia off Her Rocker

Author: Lois Lowry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2015

Anastasia's got a problem: Her parents have become too embarrassing to be around. At first she blames them, they are the source of embarrassment, after all. But then she decides it's herself, her thirteen year old, hormone-ridden self. She has clearly become a seriously disturbed person, and she needs help, psychiatric help. But nobody else seems to think her condition is that serious, especially not her parents who don't think she needs to see a doctor. They think what she's going through is perfectly normal. Undeterred, the resourceful Anastasia takes matters into her own hands, as she secretly undertakes a course of therapy with the most famous analyst of them all.

Anastasia at Your Service

Anastasia at Your Service

Author: Lois Lowry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2015

In the third book of the Anastasia series, Anstasia becomes an entrepreneur. When Anastasia's best friend goes off to camp for the summer, Anastasia decides she needs to do something too. So she starts her own business. Her first job is as a Lady's Companion. But what seems like an easy summer job turns into one problem after another. First off, turns out Lady's Companion is actually just a fancy way of saying maid. And then she accidently throws a silver bockle into the garbage disposal. How will she ever manage to pay for that? And what is a bockle, anyway?

Summer to Die

Summer to Die

Author: Lois Lowry Format: eBook Release Date: 16/12/2014

Acclaimed author Lois Lowry's first novel, A Summer to Die is a poignant and perceptive tale of love and tragedy.Meg isn't thrilled when she gets stuck sharing a bedroom with her older sister Molly. The two of them couldn't be more different, and it's hard for Meg to hide her resentment of Molly's beauty and easy popularity. But now that the family has moved to a small house in the country, Meg has a lot to accept.Just as the sisters begin to adjust to their new home, Meg feels that Molly is starting up again by being a real nuisance. But Molly's constant grouchiness, changing appearance, and other complaints are not just part of a new mood. And the day Molly is rushed to the hospital, Meg has to accept that there is something terribly wrong with her sister. That's the day Meg's world changes forever. Is it too late for Meg to show her true feelings?

Messenger

Messenger

Author: Lois Lowry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/07/2014

The fascinating third companion novel to THE GIVER which inspired the dystopian genre and is soon to be a major motion picture starring Jeff Bridges, Katie Holmes and Taylor Swift. In MESSENGER, Matty has lived in Village and flourished under the guidance of Seer, a blind man known for his special sight. His community once welcomed newcomers, but something sinister has seeped into Village and the people have voted to close its borders to outsiders. Now Matty must risk everything to make one last journey through the treacherous forest... Award-winning author Lois Lowry challenges readers to imagine what our world could become, how people could evolve and what could be considered valuable in this fascinating follow-up to THE GIVER.

The Giver

The Giver

11+ readers

Author: Lois Lowry Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/07/2014

It is the future. There is no war, no hunger, no pain. No one in the community wants for anything. Everything needed is provided. And at twelve years old, each member of the community has their profession carefully chosen for them by the Committee of Elders. Twelve-year old Jonas has never thought there was anything wrong with his world. But from the moment he is selected as the Receiver of Memory, Jonas discovers that their community is not as perfect as it seems. It is only with the help of the Giver, that Jonas can find what has been lost. And it is only through his personal courage that Jonas finds the strength to do what is right...The Giver is the award-winning classic of bravery and adventure that has inspired countless dystopian writers as the forerunner of this genre.

Son

Son

Author: Lois Lowry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/07/2014

The thrilling fourth companion novel to THE GIVER which inspired the dystopian genre and is soon to be a major motion picture starring Jeff Bridges, Katie Holmes and Taylor Swift. They called her Water Claire. When she washed up on their shore, no one knew that she came from a society where emotions don't exist. That she had become a Vessel. That she had carried a Product. That it had been stolen from her body. Claire's son is out there, a young boy now. She was supposed to forget him, but that was impossible. Now Claire will stop at nothing to find her child, even if it means making an unimaginable sacrifice. The startling and long-awaited conclusion to Lois Lowry's award-winning epic series THE GIVER QUARTET culminates in a final clash between good and evil.

Gathering Blue

Gathering Blue

Author: Lois Lowry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/07/2014

The fascinating sequel to THE GIVER which inspired the dystopian genre and is soon to be a major motion picture starring Jeff Bridges, Katie Holmes and Taylor Swift. GATHERING BLUE is a return to the mysterious but plausible future world of THE GIVER. It tells the story of Kira, orphaned, physically flawed, and left with an uncertain future until she is summoned by the Council of Guardians... On her quest for truth that follows, Kira makes discoveries that will change her life and world forever. Award-winning author Lois Lowry challenges readers to imagine what our world could become, how people could evolve and what could be considered valuable in this fascinating follow-up to THE GIVER.

Gooney Bird Greene

Gooney Bird Greene

Author: Lois Lowry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/05/2014

From the moment Gooney Bird Greene arrives at Watertower Elementary School, her fellow students are intrigued by her unique sense of style and her unusual lunches. So when story time arrives, the choice is unanimous: they want to hear about Gooney Bird Greene. And that suits Gooney Bird just fine, because, as it turns out, she has quite a few interesting and absolutely true stories to tell. Through Gooney Bird and her tales, the acclaimed author Lois Lowry introduces young readers to the elements of storytelling. This book will encourage the storyteller in everyone.

Number the Stars

Number the Stars

Author: Lois Lowry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2011

In Nazi-occupied Denmark, ten-year-old Annemarie Johansen is called upon for a selfless act of bravery to help save her best friend from a terrible fate. Winner of the Newbery Medal, newly reissued in the Essential Modern Classics range. They plan to arrest all the Danish Jews. They plan to take them away. And we have been told that they may come tonight. It is 1943 and life in Copenhagen is becoming complicated for Annemarie. There are food shortages and curfews, and soldiers on every corner. But it is even worse for her Jewish best friend, Ellen, as the Nazis continue their brutal campaign. With Ellen's life in danger, Annemarie must summon all her courage to help stage a daring escape. Inspired by true events of the Second World War, this gripping novel brings the past vividly to life for today's readers.

Bless This Mouse

Bless This Mouse

Author: Lois Lowry Format: eBook Release Date: 10/05/2011

A church mouse is no ordinary mouse, and Hildegardethe Mouse Mistress of Saint Bartholemew'sis no ordinary mouse leader. It falls to her to keep all the church mice safe and out of sight.But when a few parishioners report mouse sightings, Hildegarde and the rest of the church mice must face a most dreadful consequence: the Great X. To complicate things, a ceremony called the Blessing of the Animals is fast approaching. Saint Bartholemew's will soon be filled with pets . . . including cats! Oh, dear. Within the stately stone walls of the church, life is not as serene or safe as one might think. It will take the courage and patience of awell, of a saintto keep this scampering, squeaking tribe of Hildegarde's intact.

Dear America

Dear America

Author: Lois Lowry Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/2011

Lydia Pierce and her older brother are deeply impacted by the Spanish flu epidemic. (Runtime 4 hours, 17 min)

Birthday Ball

Birthday Ball

Author: Lois Lowry Format: eBook Release Date: 09/11/2010

Bored, bored, bored. It's all Princess Patricia Priscilla can think as her sixteenth birthday approaches. It's less than a week before the Birthday Ball, where she will choose her husband from a group of unappealing suitors.Boring.But things around the kingdom get pretty interesting when Princess Patricia Priscilla disguises herself as a peasant and starts attending the village school. She may not be spending her days in the comfort of the castle, clothed in silk, but at least life in the village is fun. It doesn't hurt that the new schoolmaster is young and handsome.In this tale of mistaken identity, creamed pigeons, and young love, the two-time Newbery Medal winner Lois Lowry compares princesses to peasants and finds them to be exactly the same in all the important ways.

Gooney Bird Collection

Gooney Bird Collection

Author: Lois Lowry Format: eBook Release Date: 24/03/2009

May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award: Lois LowryFinally available on audio in one fantastic 4-story collection!An excellent series for youngsters, Gooney Bird Greene is the star of story time and keeps her teacher and classmates on the edge of their seats with her ';absolutely true' stories. Includes: Gooney Bird Greene, Gooney Bird and the Room Mother, Gooney the Fabulous, and Gooney Bird Is so Absurd.Praise for the series:';Lowry displays a keen understanding of how secondgrade classrooms operate.'The Horn Book';Two-time Newbery Medalist Lowry introduces a feisty, friendly heroine...'Publishers WeeklyFrom the Compact Disc edition.

The Giver

The Giver

Author: Lois Lowry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2008

In a perfect world, Jonas begins to see the flaws... THE GIVER is the classic award-winning novel that inspired the dystopian genre and a major motion picture adaptation for 2014 starring Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes and Taylor Swift. It is the future. There is no war, no hunger, no pain. No one in the community wants for anything. Everything needed is provided. And at twelve years old, each member of the community has their profession carefully chosen for them by the Committee of Elders. Twelve-year old Jonas has never thought there was anything wrong with his world. But from the moment he is selected as the Receiver of Memory, Jonas discovers that their community is not as perfect as it seems. It is only with the help of the Giver, that Jonas can find what has been lost. And it is only through his personal courage that Jonas finds the strength to do what is right... The Giver is the award-winning classic of bravery and adventure that has inspired countless dystopian writers as the forerunner of this genre.

Willoughbys

Willoughbys

Author: Lois Lowry Format: eBook Release Date: 15/04/2008

Shouldnt 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 parentswell, their parents are not all that one would hope for. Recalling literary heroes and heroines such as Anne of Green Gables, Pollyanna, and James with his giant peach, the Willoughbys concoct a diabolical plot 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 favorite bedtime story: the tale of Hansel and Gretel...Villains, benefactors, no-nonsense nannies, abandoned infants, long-lost heirs, and late-life romance all make their appearance along with the irrepressible Willoughbys as the Newbery Award-winning author Lois Lowry pays playful homage to classic works of literature in this hilarious and decidedly old-fashioned parody.

Gossamer

Gossamer

Author: Lois Lowry Format: eBook Release Date: 08/05/2007

Littlest One is a tiny creature slowly learning her job of giving dreams to humans. Each night she and her teacher, Thin Elderly, visit an old womans home where she softly touches beloved objects, gathering happy memories, and drops of old scents and sounds. Littlest One pieces these bits together and presents them to her sleeping human in the form of pleasant dreams. But the dreaded Sinisteeds, dark fearsome creatures that plague their victims with nightmares, are always at work against the dreamgivers. When the old woman takes in John, an angry foster child with a troubled past, the Sinisteeds go after him with their horrifying nightmares. Can Littlest One, and her touch light as gossamer, protect Johns heart and soul from the nightmare of his dark past?From the Trade Paperback edition.

Gathering Blue

Gathering Blue

Author: Lois Lowry Format: eBook Release Date: 24/10/2006

Lois Lowry's Gathering Blue continues the quartet beginning with the quintessential dystopian novel, The Giver, followed by Messenger and Son.Kira, an orphan with a twisted leg, lives in a world where the weak are cast aside. She fears for her future until she is spared by the all-powerful Council of Guardians. Kira is a gifted weaver and is given a task that no other community member can do. While her talent keeps her alive and brings certain privileges, Kira soon realizes she is surrounded by many mysteries and secrets. No one must know of her plans to uncover the truth about her world and see what places exist beyond.From the Paperback edition.

Messenger

Messenger

Author: Lois Lowry Format: eBook Release Date: 17/10/2006

Messenger is the masterful third novel in the Giver Quartet, which began with the dystopian bestseller The Giver, now a major motion picture.Matty has lived in Village and flourished under the guidance of Seer, a blind man known for his special sight. Village once welcomed newcomers, but something sinister has seeped into Village and the people have voted to close it to outsiders. Matty has been invaluable as a messenger. Now he must risk everything to make one last journey through the treacherous forest with his only weapon, a power he unexpectedly discovers within himself.From the Trade Paperback edition.

Number the Stars

Number the Stars

Author: Lois Lowry Format: eBook Release Date: 27/06/2006

Ten-year-old Annemarie Johansen and her best friend Ellen Rosen often think of life before the war. It's now 1943 and their life in Copenhagen is filled with school, food shortages, and the Nazi soldiers marching through town. When the Jews of Denmark are relocated, Ellen moves in with the Johansens and pretends to be one of the family. Soon Annemarie is asked to go on a dangerous mission to save Ellen's life.From the Paperback edition.

Number the Stars

Number the Stars

Author: Lois Lowry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/04/1991

A powerful story set in Nazi occupied Denmark in 1943. Ten-year-old Annemarie Johansen is called upon for a selfless act of bravery to help save her best-friend, Ellen - a Jew. It is 1943 and for ten-year-old Annemarie Johansen life is still fun - school, family, sharing fairy stories with her little sister. But there are dangers and worries too - the Nazis have occupied Copenhagen and there are food shortages, curfews and the constant threat of being stopped by soldiers. And for Annemarie the dangers become even greater...her best-friend Ellen is a Jew. When Ellen's parents are taken away to be 'relocated' by the Nazis, Ellen is taken in by Annemarie's parents and suddenly Annemarie's family are under threat too. Annemarie has to call upon all her resources for courage and bravery as she helps her friend make a daring escape. A Newbery Medal winner by an acclaimed author *For readers from 8 to 12 *

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