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Author Feature: Lois Lowry

Author Feature:  Lois Lowry

Lois Lowy is an author recommended by LCHS librarian Jennifer Campbell.  “I am a huge historical fiction fan and fell in love with Lois Lowry’s Number the Stars in elementary school. The book is a wonderful piece on the Holocaust and World War II,” said Campbell

The Giver and I Know What You Did Last Summer are two titles Campbell recommends.


The Giver won the John Newbery Award medal in 1994, yet it remains a popular title. Jonas lives in a futuristic society.  Designated birth mothers produced new children, who were assigned to appropriate family units: one female and one male, each. Everyone is the same. Except Jonas.  At the Ceremony of Twelve, he is given his life assignment.   He begins instruction in his life’s work with a mysterious old man known only as The Giver. Jonas must save someone he loves, but is he ready?


I Know What You Did Last Summer, written in 1973, is a book about four young friends who are stalked by a hook-wielding killer one year after covering up a car accident in which they allegedly killed a man. To protect their future Barry, Julie, Helen, and Ray swore one another to secrecy, but now a year later, someone knows. Juile received a haunting anonymous threat “I know what you did last summer.”  The book was made into a loosely adapted horror/slasher film in 1997 starring Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prize, Jr.   It is available for streaming on Peacock and Amazon Prime Video.

Additional titles by Lowry:

  • Find a Stanger, Say Goodbye (1978)
  • Autumn Street (1980)
  • The Silent Boy (2003)
  • Messenger (2004)
  • The Willoughbys.
  • Like the Willow Tree (Dear America)
  • Anastasia Krupnik series (1979)





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