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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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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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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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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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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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 >

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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 >

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THE SILENT BOY by Lois Lowry
CHILDREN'S
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 >

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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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THE WILLOUGHBYS by Lois Lowry
CHILDREN'S
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 >