Search Results: "Lois Lowry"


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 >

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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

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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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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 >

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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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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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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 >

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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 >

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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 >