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Lois Lowry

Auteur van The Giver

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Lois Lowry (nee Lois Ann Hammersberg) was born on March 20, 1937, in Honolulu, Hawaii. She was educated at both Brown University and the University of Southern Maine. Before becoming an author, she worked as a photographer and a freelance journalist. Her first book, A Summer to Die, was published toon meer in 1977. Since then she has written over 30 books for young adults including Gathering Blue, Messenger, the Anastasia Krupnik series, and Son. She has received numerous awards including: The New York Times Best Seller,the International Reading Association's Children's Literature Award, the American Library Association Notable Book Award Citation and two Newberry Medals for Number the Stars in 1990, and The Giver in 1993. She was also awarded an honorary Doctorate of Letters by Brown University in 2014. The Giver is part of a Quartet of books; it is the first book, followed by Gathering Blue, messenger and Son. The Giver has been met with a diversity of reactions from schools in America, some of which have adopted it as a part of the mandatory curriculum, while others have prohibited the book's inclusion in classroom studies. It was also made into a feature film of the same name released in 2014. Lois Lowry also made the Hans Christian Andersen Awards 2016 finalists in the author category. (Bowker Author Biography) toon minder
Fotografie: Author Lois Lowry at the 2016 Texas Book Festival. By Larry D. Moore, CC BY-SA 4.0,


Werken van Lois Lowry

The Giver (1993) 39,565 exemplaren
Number the Stars (1989) 18,515 exemplaren
Gathering Blue (2000) 9,493 exemplaren
Messenger (2004) 6,210 exemplaren
Son (2012) 3,333 exemplaren
Gossamer (2006) 2,143 exemplaren
The Willoughbys (2008) 1,733 exemplaren
Gooney Bird Greene (2002) 1,700 exemplaren
Anastasia Krupnik (1979) 1,454 exemplaren
The Giver Quartet (2014) 1,060 exemplaren
The Silent Boy (2003) 1,001 exemplaren
A Summer to Die (1977) 908 exemplaren
Anastasia Again! (1981) 694 exemplaren
Crow Call (2009) 663 exemplaren
Anastasia at your Service (1982) 578 exemplaren
Anastasia, Ask your Analyst (1984) — Auteur — 575 exemplaren
Anastasia on Her Own (1985) 537 exemplaren
All About Sam (1988) 526 exemplaren
Anastasia has the Answers (1986) 495 exemplaren
Attaboy, Sam! (1992) 472 exemplaren
Anastasia's Chosen Career (1987) 467 exemplaren
Autumn Street (1980) 409 exemplaren
Looking Back: A Book of Memories (1998) 398 exemplaren
Anastasia at this Address (1991) 362 exemplaren
Gooney Bird and the Room Mother (2016) 360 exemplaren
Stay!: Keeper's Story (1721) 329 exemplaren
Bless This Mouse (2011) 313 exemplaren
Gooney the Fabulous (Gooney Bird) (2007) 311 exemplaren
Anastasia Absolutely (1995) 304 exemplaren
Find a Stranger, Say Goodbye (1978) 303 exemplaren
See You Around, Sam! (1996) 280 exemplaren
Rhinos & Raspberries: Tolerance Tales For The Early Grades (2006) — Voorwoord — 268 exemplaren
The Birthday Ball (2010) 252 exemplaren
Taking Care of Terrific (1983) 251 exemplaren
Rabble Starkey (1600) 241 exemplaren
Gooney Bird Is So Absurd (2009) 214 exemplaren
Switcharound (1600) 185 exemplaren
Zooman Sam (Sam Krupnik) (1999) 182 exemplaren
On the Horizon (2020) 162 exemplaren
Gooney Bird on the Map (2011) 145 exemplaren
Your Move, J.P.! (1990) 114 exemplaren
The Windeby Puzzle (2023) 105 exemplaren
US and Uncle Fraud (1984) 103 exemplaren
The Willoughbys Return (2020) 68 exemplaren
Anastasia: Three of the Best (1996) 10 exemplaren
Here in Kennebunkport (1978) 4 exemplaren
Tree. Table. Book. (2024) 3 exemplaren
The giver. Il figlio (2022) 2 exemplaren
The Giver - Lois Lowry (SparkNotes) (2003) — Auteur — 2 exemplaren
Anastasia - Intégrale (2014) 2 exemplaren
A Newbery Collection boxed set (2011) 2 exemplaren
Il mistero di Windeby (2023) 1 exemplaar
Pots comprar els estels? (1993) 1 exemplaar
Us and Uncle Fraud 1 exemplaar
Valahol messze 1 exemplaar
Le retour des Willoughby (2023) 1 exemplaar
Spočítej hvězdy 1 exemplaar
The Giver - Activity Pack (2004) 1 exemplaar
O Número das Estrelas (2016) 1 exemplaar
Darul lui Jonas (2013) 1 exemplaar
All'orizzonte (2021) 1 exemplaar
Anastasia, di nuovo! (2021) 1 exemplaar
Ich weiß nicht, wer ich bin (1983) 1 exemplaar
Livret lois lowry (2011) 1 exemplaar
Elliot's House 1 exemplaar
Nikczemny spisek 1 exemplaar

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Algemene kennis

Officiële naam
Hammersberg, Lois Ann
Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Carlisle, Pennsylvania, USA
Tokyo, Japan
Governor's Island, New York, USA
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA (toon alle 7)
Portland, Maine, USA
Brown University
University of Southern Maine (B.A., English Literature, 1972)
children's book author
Prijzen en onderscheidingen
Margaret A. Edwards Award (2007)
Regina Medal (1994)
Emily van Beek (Folio Jr./Folio Literary Management)
Korte biografie
Lois Lowry is known for her versatility and invention as a writer. She was born in Hawaii and grew up in New York, Pennsylvania, and Japan. After studying at Brown University, she married, started a family, and turned her attention to writing. She is the author of more than forty books for young adults, including the popular Anastasia Krupnik series. She has received countless honors, among them the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award, the California Young Reader's Medal, and the Mark Twain Award. She received Newbery Medals for two of her novels, NUMBER THE STARS and THE GIVER. Her first novel, A SUMMER TO DIE, was awarded the International Reading Association's Children's Book Award. Several books have been adapted to film and stage, and THE GIVER has become an opera. Her newest book, ON THE HORIZON, is a collection of memories and images from Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima, and post-war Japan. A mother and grandmother, Ms. Lowry divides her time between Maine and Florida. To learn more about Lois Lowry, see her website at



Found: Middle-grade book where MC dies at end in Name that Book (april 2023)
What Are You Reading the Week of 14 March 2015? in What Are You Reading Now? (maart 2015)
YA/Children's Book - Sister with Leukemia in Name that Book (mei 2011)


Jonas lives in an ideal community, where everything is planned out perfectly for children to learn and grow at the right (same) ages, have a career picked out for them, have a spouse picked out for them, and even have their designated maximum of two children picked out for them. No one is ever unhappy for long, and families discuss their feelings nightly to make sure all is sorted out. Medication exists for minor ailments, but there is no hunger or war to warrant much suffering. But when Jonas is selected not for a career so much as an unusual assignment -- that of Receiver to the Giver -- he learns there is more to life than their community of sameness allows. And that the community's perfect veneer hides a dark underbelly. But what can he do with this knowledge if only he and the Giver have the memories of things that happened long ago?

This book is ubiquitous in middle and high school circles and I guess for that reason I was convinced I had already read. But whenever I tried to recall what happens in the book, all I came up with was the plot to Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery," which is a rather different story. So, I decided to finally read this book and see what all the fuss was about.

I did appreciate how this book makes you question so many things. It starts off seeming almost utopian (and arguably, some could say it is utopian for some members of this society) and then we slowly see how there are things that are far from ideal. But it opens up questions of what would you trade off if you could? Are colors worth having if people are starving? Is music worth listening to if people are killing each other? The book doesn't provide easy answers, but instead allows the ideas of individual choice versus collective good to sit and linger with the reader.

One thing that I didn't necessarily like about the book --- which is not a criticism per se --- is that I wanted to know more than what Lowry showed us. I was curious as to how humanity got from our present day to this society; they certainly had some technology we don't but they also did things like control the weather that sure does seem outside of the capabilities of humankind. It also seemed like this community might be the exception rather than the norm, although that wasn't entirely clear. The ending really left me wondering and hoping to know more. I plan to continue on with the series to see if I find answers to my questions.

The audiobook narrator did an excellent job but there was a weird choice to randomly play music during certainly selections of the book. I found this jarring, even though the music itself was not unpleasant -- it just seemed to come out of nowhere and then also leave as suddenly.
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sweetiegherkin | 1,578 andere besprekingen | Feb 23, 2024 |
Even better this time! And this version had a copy of Lois Lowry's Newbery acceptance speech at the end. It was as good as the book!
mjphillips | 1,578 andere besprekingen | Feb 23, 2024 |
This book series, particularly the first two, have been hanging around the back of my mind for a few years now because I had forgotten sooooo many of the details and couldn't remember enough to recall what the series was. But now they've been found again, and I HAD to start rereading them! There is definitely some outdated stuff, and it's not as if the book is some kind of literary masterpiece, but I totally enjoyed getting to visit the story and Anastasia's mind again! She is snarky, funny, and was immensely relatable to young me, and for that alone I loved this.… (meer)
deborahee | 34 andere besprekingen | Feb 23, 2024 |
This is the Anastasia book that I reread most as a kid, and I can't believe I had forgotten so much of the plot! The mystery story she's writing, the wallpaper peeling, "Gertrudstien", and the party culminating with Sam's, uhhh...moment.
deborahee | 15 andere besprekingen | Feb 23, 2024 |


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