This installment of Awesome Authors is all about Lois Lowry. She is a prolific writer. Fun fact: She lived at Fort Jay on Governors Island for a while, which is where I lived for the first two years of my life!
She’s written over 30 books!
A Summer to Die (1977)
I can’t remember when I first read this one (probably in high school), but it’s always stuck with me. This is one book that I think about often, and I definitely want to get my own copy. Without fail, I always cry when I read this one.
Anastasia series (1979-1995)
I loved these books as a kid! They were so funny. There are nine books in all.
Lowry also wrote a four-book series about Anastasia’s brother, Sam (1988-1999).
Number The Stars (1989)
I was assigned to read this in either fourth or fifth grade; I can’t remember which one. At the time, I struggled immensely in understanding this book. I remember how frustrated I was with the quizzes and tests on it!
A few years later, I re-read it, and it struck me how she beautifully told the story of a little girl in a tragic time. This is a hard book for me to re-read, but I have read it multiple times. I find that I gain a greater appreciation for it each time I do.
The Giver (1993)
Confession: I’ve never read this book the whole way through. I started and stopped several times while I was in school. The last time I tried, I think I was in high school.
However, I watched the movie adaptation (2014) with Al last year, and seeing that inspired me to finally read it all the way through. It’s on my TBR!
The other thing I learned, in researching for this post, is there’s actually a full quartet of books:
- The Giver
- Gathering Blue
The whole quartet’s going on my list.
I’m also a big fan of the Dear America / My Name is America / The Royal Diaries books – I want to own all of them, someday. Because of this post, I just realized that Lowry wrote Dear America: Like The Willow Tree (2011).
Another book of hers that I want to read is Autumn Street (1980).
What about you? Have you read any of Lois Lowry’s books?
Come back in late March for another installment of Awesome Authors!
Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂