Category Archives: Author: Lois Lowry

The Giver

The Giver
Lois Lowry

He looks like he has a lot of memories to give.

He looks like he has a lot of memories to give.

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 180
Age Range: 8 and up
Year: 1993
Genre: Dystopia

Series: 1st of 4, works well alone

Jonas lives in a ‘perfect’ world–there is no pain or suffering, only “Sameness.” Jonas however has been chosen to receive the painful memories of the past–the knowledge invoking memories before sameness. Jonas must choose if he wants to stay in a safe but shallow community, or leave the community to discover a colorful, love-filled, and emotionally deep yet potentially painful and dangerous life.

I would recommend this book to really anyone, but especially to those who challenge the way things were/are/should be in society.

-Ms. Liz

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Filed under Age Range: 8 and up, Author: Lois Lowry, Genre: Dystopia, Page Count: 100-200, Part of a Series, Year: 1990s

Number the Stars

Number the Stars
Lois Lowry

Annemarie looks, and is, completely Aryan--can she use that advantage to save her Jewish friend?

Annemarie looks, and is, completely Aryan–can she use that advantage to save her Jewish friend?

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 156
Age Range: 9 and up
Year: 1989
Genre: Historical

Annemarie and Ellen are best friends living in Copenhagen during the time of the Holocaust. When Nazis take over their city, Annemarie risks her life to save her best friend, Ellen, by ripping off her Star of David necklace and telling the soldiers that Ellen is her sister. As Ellen’s parents are taken into hiding by a family friend, Ellen moves in with Annemarie’s family. The family endures harassment from soldiers as they try to get Ellen and her family to safety.

I think that many young girls would love this book. It is also educational…a good read during history class studies of the Holocaust.  

-Miss Jenny

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Filed under Age Range: 9 and up, Author: Lois Lowry, Genre: Historical, Page Count: 100-200, Year: 1980s

The Willoughbys

The Willoughbys
Lois Lowry

Edward Gorey-style illustrations heighten the parody.

Gorey-style cover design heightens the parody.

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 176
Age Range: 8 and up
Year: 2008
Genre: Humor

The four Willoughby children dream to become orphans because of their horrid parents.  Their parents wish to be rid of them as well, so they soon place their children in the care of a nanny and plan a vacation to a very dangerous location to get away from them.  Soon enough, the children’s wish comes true.  Now, the four children, their nanny, a mysterious baby left on their doorstep, and a heartbroken commander who lives next door are hoping to find their happy ending.

This story is parody of other books about orphaned children, so it may be helpful to be familiar with those stories as well. The book also features some vocabulary that some students may be unfamiliar with, but there is conveniently a humorous glossary in the back of the book.

-Atalie

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Messenger

Messenger 
Lois Lowry

Kamehameha!  (Anyone else getting this Dragon Ball Z reference? Just me? Ok.)

Kamehameha!
(Anyone else getting this Dragon Ball Z reference? Just me? Ok.)

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 169
Age Range: 8 and up
Year: 2004
Genre: Dystopia
Series: 3rd of 4

A companion to The Giver and Gathering Blue, this third novel in Lois Lowry’s Giver Quartet succinctly ties up loose ends and leaves the reader with a satisfied, finished feeling. The characters from the two preceding novels are united in a story about betrayal from both nature and humanity, and ultimately, healing.

If you like dystopian fiction, and can handle Lowry’s sometimes canned and corny style, this is the book for you. Pleases multiple age groups and reads similarly to the Hunger Games trilogy.

-Katie

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Filed under Age Range: 8 and up, Author: Lois Lowry, Genre: Dystopia, Page Count: 100-200, Part of a Series, Year: 2000s