Search Results: "Lois Lowry"


BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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GOONEY BIRD AND ALL HER CHARMS by Lois Lowry
CHILDREN'S
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 >

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GOONEY THE FABULOUS by Lois Lowry
CHILDREN'S
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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >