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Bibliography - Lois Lowry

Bibliography Introduction


Lois Lowry is a favorite author for children and young adults.  Her writing encompasses a variety of styles and techniques to hold the reader’s interest.  Although Lowry writes for a wide range of ages, this bibliographic list entails books geared between the ages of ten to fourteen.  Many of the books take on an adult tone and deal with subjects that young adults deal with everyday including adoption, cancer, death, divorce and abortion.  The list suggests book that include both humorous and serious fiction. Included in the list is Lowry’s science fiction trilogy that requires an older audience to truly understand the depth and concepts included in the series and really leaves the reader wondering.   



Lowry, Lois. 1977. A SUMMER TO DIE. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

     ISBN: 0440219175.  Meg isn't thrilled when she gets stuck sharing a bedroom

     with her older sister Molly. The two of them couldn't be more different, and it's

     hard for Meg to hide her resentment of Molly's beauty and easy popularity.

     But now that the family has moved to a small house in the country, Meg has a

     lot to accept.


Lowry, Lois.1978. FIND A STRANGER, SAY GOODBYE. Boston: Houghton

     Mifflin. ISBN: 0440205417. Natalie Armstrong has all a girl could want: beauty

     and intelligence, a loving family and a great boyfriend. But something is

     missing; the answer to a most important question: "Who is my mother?" To

     find that answer seventeen-year-old Natalie begins a journey that she hopes

     will lead to the identity of her biological mother. And what if Natalie finds her?

     What will happen when they meet face-to-face?


Lowry, Lois.1979. AUTUMN STREET. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

     ISBN: 0440403448.  Elizabeth is forced to grow up when her father goes to

     fight in World War II. Her family moves in with her grandfather, and a special

     friend is struck by tragedy.


Lowry, Lois. 1983. TAKING CARE OF TERRIFFIC. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

     ISBN: 0440484944.  Going to the park to broaden his horizons, fourteen-year-

     old babysitter Enid enjoys unexpected friendships with a bag lady and a black



Lowry, Lois. 1984. US AND UNCLE FRAUD. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

     ISBN: 039536633X.  Mysterious things begin to happen after Uncle Claude

     comes to stay with his sister's family.



     Houghton Mifflin. ISBN: 0395348293.  When their mother starts to date the

     mystery man on the fifth floor, who has been instructed by his agent to

     "eliminate the children" by the first of May, eleven-year-old Caroline and her

     older brother figure they're targeted to be the victims of a savage crime.


Lowry, Lois. 1987. RABBLE STARKEY. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

     ISBN: 0440400562.  This beautifully written novel tells the story of  12-year-

    old Rabble, who lives with her mother and  her best friend's family in a small

    Appalachian town.


Lowry, Lois. 1989. NUMBER THE STARS. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

    ISBN: 0395510600.  This Newbery Medal Book describes how a ten-year-old

    Danish girl's bravery is tested when her best friend is threatened by Nazis in


Lowry, Lois. 1993. THE GIVER. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. ISBN: 0395645662.

     Twelve-year-old Jonas lives in a seemingly ideal world. Not until he is given

     his life assignment as the Receiver does he begin to understand the dark

     secrets behind this fragile community.


Lowry, Lois. 2000. GATHERING BLUE. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

     ISBN: 0440229499. Kira, an orphan with a twisted leg, lives in a world where

    the weak are cast aside. She fears for her future until she is spared by the all-

    powerful Council of Guardians. Kira is a gifted weaver and is given a task that

    no other community member can do. While her talent keeps her alive and

    brings certain privileges, Kira soon realizes she is surrounded by many

    mysteries and secrets. No one must know of her plans to uncover the truth

    about her world and see what places exist beyond.


Lois, Lowry. 2003. THE SILENT BOY. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

     ISBN: 0618282319.  Precocious Katy Thatcher comes to realize what a

     gentle, silent boy did for his family. He meant to help, not harm. It didn't turn

     out that way.


Lowry, Lois. 2004. MESSENGER. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. ISBN: 0618404414. 

     Strange changes are taking place in Village. Once a utopian community that

     prided itself on its welcome to new strangers, Village will soon be closed to all

     outsiders. As one of the few people able to travel through the dangerous

     Forest, Matty must deliver the message of Village"s closing and try to

     convince Seer"s daughter to return with him before it"s too late. But Forest

     has become hostile to Matty as well, and he must risk everything to fight his

     way through it, armed only with an emerging power he cannot yet explain or




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