Books by Lois Lowry

GOONEY BIRD AND ALL HER CHARMS by Lois Lowry
Released: Jan. 14, 2014

"Gooney Bird, ever charming, is still a winner for those graduating from beginning chapter books to longer fare. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Gooney Bird is back for the sixth volume in this cleverly engaging series with a likable yet eccentric heroine at its center who happens to wear a "silver bracelet jingling with charms." Read full book review >
SON by Lois Lowry
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"Bravo! (Fiction. 12 & up)"
In this long-awaited finale to the Giver Quartet, a young mother from a dystopian community searches for her son and sacrifices everything to find him living in a more humane society with characters from The Giver (1993), Gathering Blue (2000) and Messenger (2004). Read full book review >
GOONEY BIRD ON THE MAP by Lois Lowry
FICTION
Released: Nov. 14, 2011

"Gooney Bird doesn't need much help putting herself on the map. She'll be famous for years to come. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Feisty and full of ideas (as always), Gooney Bird Greene is back. Read full book review >
BLESS THIS MOUSE by Lois Lowry
ANIMALS
Released: March 21, 2011

"This gently Christian piece with Rohmann's earnest pencil illustrations will please talking-animal fans. (Animal fantasy. 7-10)"
Hildegarde, practical and religious leader of all 219 church mice residing in St. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2011

"As befits the setting and subject, the narrative is simple and heartfelt, presenting a snapshot of a unique American community. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
"I am desolate," Lydia Pierce declares to her diary on her birthday, Oct. 4, 1918, because the motion-picture houses have been closed due to Spanish flu. Read full book review >
THE BIRTHDAY BALL by Lois Lowry
Released: April 1, 2010

"8-12)."
A very bored princess opts for change in this droll take on the Cinderella story. Read full book review >
CROW CALL by Lois Lowry
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Relevant for families whose parents are returning from war, the text is also ripe for classroom discussion and for advanced readers. (Picture book. 7-10)"
It's a cold November morning, and Liz's father has just returned from the war. Read full book review >
THE WILLOUGHBYS by Lois Lowry
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2008

"Readers who are willing to give themselves up entirely to the sly foolishness will relish this sparklingly smart satire, which treats them with collegial familiarity. (snort-inducing glossary) (Fiction. 9-12)"
With this fey venture into kiddie Gothic, the august two-time Newbery winner and author of the beloved Anastasia Krupnik series proves that a writer can always reinvent herself. Read full book review >
SHINING ON by Lois Lowry
FICTION
Released: May 8, 2007

"The variety, notion of durability and capability for making the best of situations makes for a thought-provoking read. (Short stories. 12-15)"
This collection of 11 stories by different authors contains tales of teens making their way through some sort of challenge and getting to the other side with new knowledge and maturity. Read full book review >
GOONEY THE FABULOUS by Lois Lowry
FICTION
Released: April 30, 2007

"No doubt there'll be a fourth; meanwhile, this one offers a clever writing exercise for a class. (Fiction. 7-10)"
If Aesop met Gooney Bird Greene, what would result? Read full book review >
GOSSAMER by Lois Lowry
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: April 1, 2006

"The prose is light as gossamer; the story as haunting as a dream. (Fiction. 10+)"
Thin Elderly and Littlest One are dream-givers. Read full book review >
GOONEY BIRD AND THE ROOM MOTHER by Lois Lowry
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2005

"Larger than life and with a heart as big as her personality, Gooney Bird Greene will elicit gales of laughter, along with sighs of appreciation, from Suzy Kline and Junie B. Jones fans—as well as their parents—in this second winning, tongue-in-cheek outing. (Fiction. 7-9)"
The irrepressible second grader returns, as flamboyant as ever, to offer more outrageous outfits, "absolutely true" yarns and such useful vocabulary words as "ennui" and "underestimate." Read full book review >
MESSENGER by Lois Lowry
Released: April 26, 2004

"Readers will be absorbed in thought and wonder long after all of the pages are turned. (Fiction. 12+)"
Leader came to Village as a young boy on a red sled, the remains of which are in the Museum, a symbol of courage and hope to all of the villagers who came from elsewhere, fleeing poverty and cruelty. Read full book review >
THE SILENT BOY by Lois Lowry
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 28, 2003

"Though well-crafted and narrated by a perceptive, large-hearted child who goes on to follow in her father's profession, this lacks the focus of Lowry's best work. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Around her private trove of atmospheric old photographs, Newbery winner Lowry (The Giver, 1993; Number the Stars, 1990) spins a patchy but sensitive tale of a country doctor's daughter observing the lives of those around her—in particular the women, and a mentally disabled teenager with a strong affinity for animals. Read full book review >
GOONEY BIRD GREENE by Lois Lowry
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"A hybrid of Harriet, Blossom, and Anastasia, irrepressible Gooney Bird is that rare bird in children's fiction: one that instantly becomes an amusing and popular favorite. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Gooney Bird Greene (with a silent E) is not your average second grader. Read full book review >
GATHERING BLUE by Lois Lowry
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"A top writer, in top form. (author's note) (Fiction. 11-13)"
Lowry returns to the metaphorical future world of her Newbery-winning The Giver (1993) to explore the notion of foul reality disguised as fair. Read full book review >
ZOOMAN SAM by Lois Lowry
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Fans of the Sam books may find satisfaction in the nicely foreshadowed but still unanticipated punch line. (Fiction. 7-12)"
For "Future Job Day" at Sam Krupnik's nursery school, the four-year-olds have been instructed to dress up as representatives of their desired profession. Read full book review >
LOOKING BACK by Lois Lowry
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"It's still an original presentation, one to be appreciated on its own merits."
A unique format for a memoir—Lowry (Stay!, 1997, etc.) offers up quotes from her books, dates, black-and-white photographs, and recollections of each shot, as well as the other memories surrounding it. Read full book review >
STAY! by Lois Lowry
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Readers will be relieved to know, however, that this dog's life has a happy ending. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Through a delightfully funny and distinctive first-person narration, Lowry (See You Around, Sam!, 1996, etc.) introduces a lovable new canine, given cuddly characterization in Kelley's black-and-white illustrations. Read full book review >
A SUMMER TO DIE by Lois Lowry
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 27, 1997

"An attractive, laconic heroine in an upbeat presentation of a most difficult subject."
An appealing first novel—brisk, witty, affecting—involving a teenager's experience with an older sister's death from leukemia. Read full book review >
SEE YOU AROUND, SAM! by Lois Lowry
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"With de Groat's capable black- and-white illustrations in every chapter, this is a delight. (Fiction. 7-12)"
Sam Krupnik is almost five, and he's running away to Sleetmute, Alaska. Read full book review >
ANASTASIA, ABSOLUTELY by Lois Lowry
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"As usual, Lowry (The Giver, 1993, etc.) delivers tight, page-turning prose, plenty of humor, and characters right out of readers' neighborhooods. (Fiction. 7-12)"
In which Anastasia Krupnik gets a dog, attends a class in values, and inadvertently deposits a hag of dog poop in a public mailbox. Read full book review >
THE GIVER by Lois Lowry
Released: April 1, 1993

"Wrought with admirable skill—the emptiness and menace underlying this Utopia emerge step by inexorable step: a richly provocative novel. (Fiction. 12-16)"
In a radical departure from her realistic fiction and comic chronicles of Anastasia, Lowry creates a chilling, tightly controlled future society where all controversy, pain, and choice have been expunged, each childhood year has its privileges and responsibilities, and family members are selected for compatibility. Read full book review >
ATTABOY, SAM! by Lois Lowry
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1992

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 7-12)"
Anastasia's little brother, whose infant point of view was explored in All About Sam (1988), is now a preschooler whose wit and persistence mark him as precocious, but who is still winningly typical in such details as the messy results of mixing mustard and ketchup on his hotdog. Read full book review >
ANASTASIA AT THIS ADDRESS by Lois Lowry
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1991

"Fine entertainment; a must for fans. (Fiction. 9-13)"
More on-target predicaments and laugh-aloud funny dialogue from Lowry, who now takes her articulate protagonist through some seminal exchanges with the opposite sex. Read full book review >
YOUR MOVE, J.P.! by Lois Lowry
FICTION
Released: April 30, 1990

"A memorably funny book."
This year's Newbery winner returns to her popular comic mode—now with a third book about the Tates of N.Y.C.'s West 83rd Street (Switcharound, 1985). Read full book review >
NUMBER THE STARS by Lois Lowry
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1989

"A deftly told story that dramatizes how Danes appointed themselves bodyguards—not only for their king, who was in the habit of riding alone in Copenhagen, but for their Jews."
The author of the Anastasia books as well as more serious fiction (Rabbi Starkey, 1987) offers her first historical fiction—a story about the escape of the Jews from Denmark in 1943. Read full book review >
ALL ABOUT SAM by Lois Lowry
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1988

"Suitable for reading 'aloud to capable preschoolers."
In her eighth book about the Krupnik family, Lowry gains a fresh perspective by turning to its precocious youngest member and reporting on his first four years, from his point of view. Read full book review >
RABBLE STARKEY by Lois Lowry
FICTION
Released: April 27, 1987

"Here she presents a lively cast of characters in an unusual plot, skillfully handled."
For Parable Ann (Rabble) and her mother, Sweet Hosanna, her sixth-grade year is a time of growth and change. Read full book review >
ANASTASIA HAS THE ANSWERS by Lois Lowry
FICTION
Released: April 28, 1986

"This quibble aside, Anastasia will win new fans and delight her old ones with this addition."
Anastasia Krupnik and her family return in a sixth witty and perceptive novel. Read full book review >
US AND UNCLE FRAUD by Lois Lowry
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 29, 1984

"But the shift from Uncle Claude's peccadilloes to Tom's life-threatening injury is so out of key, and manipulative, as to cost the book all credibility and respect."
"Uncle Fraud" is what serious older brother Tom, 14, calls fancifying, irresponsible Uncle Claude—and even bedazzled Louise and Marcus, eleven and ten, have their doubts when Claude's promised Russian Easter eggs don't materialize after his departure. . . and a local mansion is burglarized. Read full book review >
TAKING CARE OF TERRIFIC by Lois Lowry
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 27, 1983

"The trouble is that the fantasy comes off as a silly, sentimental-liberal pipedream that trivializes the realities she wants to transcend."
A bright but most unlikely caper, set in Boston's Public Gardens where Enid, 14, babysits overprotected little Joshua Cameron. Read full book review >
ANASTASIA AT YOUR SERVICE by Lois Lowry
FICTION
Released: Oct. 25, 1982

"But as Lowry uses these egalitarian lessons to anchor the story, not vice versa, readers won't feel manipulated."
Another amusing visit with Anastasia Krupnik, new 12 and in desperate need of money (for what is not said). Read full book review >
AUTUMN STREET by Lois Lowry
FICTION
Released: April 23, 1980

"There was a kind of rapture, standing in the small, immaculate bathroom beside my mother, smelling her perfume, feeling the slippery, perfect oval of pale blue soap, and then the rough texture of the thick towel, talking about secret things."
Autumn Street recaptured, in narrator Elizabeth's enveloping memory of the months when she, her sister, and her pregnant mother live with her Philadelphia grandparents while her father is off in the Pacific fighting World War II. Read full book review >
ANASTASIA KRUPNIK by Lois Lowry
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 24, 1979

"It is neatly crafted and stout for its genre, but entirely without the emotional conviction of A Summer to Die."
Disappointing after A Summer to Die (1977), this episodic story takes Anastasia, ten, from her parents' unwelcome announcement that they're expecting a second child to her acceptance of the baby brother when he's born. Read full book review >
FIND A STRANGER, SAY GOODBYE by Lois Lowry
FICTION
Released: March 1, 1978

"This one is readable, but grating."
Though her adoptive father is a compassionate doctor who inspires Natalie to follow in his footsteps, and her mother a groovy and artistic lady who picks dandelions in her nightgown (a supposedly hilarious story) and does such mad things as paint her clawfoot bathtub's toenails Crimson Passion, 17-year-old Natalie Armstrong is determined to track down her natural parents. Read full book review >
NUMBER THE STARS by Lois Lowry

The author of the Anastasia books as well as more serious fiction (Rabbi Starkey, 1987) offers her first historical fiction—a story about the escape of the Jews from Denmark in 1943. Read full book review >