Lois Lowry has been a popular children's and young adult author for decades. One of her most popular works, "The Giver" has been adapted into a motion picture which premieres August 15. Her work is described as,
Lois Lowry’s science-fiction novel The Giver has sold more than ten million copies worldwide and is Harper Collins’s top-selling children’s eBook. Today the ‘young adult’ fiction is assigned reading by middle schools throughout the United States and has assembled a massive fan base in the youth audience.Co-producing partner Walden Media spent over a decade developing the project,and Chief Operating Officer, Frank Smith, says, 'The Giver is the crown jewel of children's literature, and we are proud to add this film to the list of other great book to film adaptations."
Lowry is responsible for many other novels in addition to "The Giver". Read on for a look at other works by Lois Lowry that should be added to your reading list.
'Find a Stranger, Say Goodbye'
“Find a Stranger, Say Goodbye” is considered one of Lois Lowry’s stand-alone books. The main protagonist is Natalie Armstrong, a girl who is just about to graduate from high school. She discovers that she was adopted at birth and sets out to find out the identity of her birth parents. Like Jonas in “The Giver”, Natalie’s tale is about self-discovery and staying true to who you are.
“Anastasia Krupnik” is the first book is the “Anastasia” series by Lowry. It details the every day life of middle school student Anastasia and her family. One interesting note about this book is that is frequently finds itself on the American Library Association’s Most Frequently Challenged Books list for references to beer and suicide.
'A Summer to Die'
“A Summer to Die” has the distinction of being Lois Lowry’s first novel and perhaps her darkest. The story is about Meg and Molly two sisters and the year they spend at a small country house while their father takes a year off from teaching to write a book. The novel was based off of Lowry’s own experience of losing her older sister, Helen.
If you loved the world of “The Giver” and want to read more, then “Gathering Blue”, the next book in “The Giver Quartet”, is your best bet. The main character is Kira and she is an orphan and has a deformed leg. Like Jonas, she soon learns the dark truth to her community’s existence.
'Number the Stars'
Lowry won the Newbery Medal for “Number the Stars” in 1990, four years before she won again for “The Giver”. It is a historical fiction novel about the Occupation of Denmark during World War II and the Danish Resistance who worked to help Jews evade the Holocaust. The main character is ten year old Annemarie Johansen who works to save her friend Ellen from the Nazis.
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