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Publication Order of Anastasia Krupnik Books

Anastasia Krupnik (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
Anastasia Again! (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
Anastasia at Your Service (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Anastasia, Ask Your Analyst / Off Her Rocker (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Anastasia on Her Own (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Anastasia Has the Answers (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Anastasia's Chosen Career (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Anastasia at This Address (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Anastasia, Absolutely (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of J.P. TateBooks

The 100th Thing About Caroline (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Switcharound (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Your Move, J.P.! (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Sam Krupnik Books

All About Sam (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Attaboy, Sam! (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
See You Around, Sam! (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Zooman Sam (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of The Giver Books

Publication Order of Giver Graphic Novels

The Giver (By: P. Craig Russell) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Gooney Bird Greene Books

Gooney Bird Greene (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gooney Bird and the Room Mother (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gooney the Fabulous (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gooney Bird Is So Absurd (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gooney Bird on the Map (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gooney Bird and All Her Charms (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rania Matar (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Dear America Books

When Will This Cruel War Be Over?: The Civil War Diary of Emma Simpson, Gordonsville, Virginia, 1864 (By: Barry Denenberg) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Journey to the New World: The Diary of Remember Patience Whipple, Mayflower, 1620 (By: Kathryn Lasky) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Winter Of Red Snow: The Revolutionary War Diary Of Abigail Jane Stewart (By: Kristiana Gregory) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly: The Diary of Patsy, a Freed Girl, Mars Bluff, South Carolina, 1865 (By: Joyce Hansen) (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Picture Of Freedom (By: Patricia McKissack) (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Early Sunday Morning: the Pearl Harbor Diary of Amber Billows, Hawaii, 1941 (By: Barry Denenberg) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dreams in the Golden Country: The Diary of Zipporah Feldman, a Jewish Immigrant Girl, New York City, 1903 (By: Kathryn Lasky) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
West to a Land of Plenty: The Diary of Teresa Angelino Viscardi (By: Jim Murphy) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Standing in the Light: The Captive Diary of Catharine Carey Logan, Delaware Valley, Pennsylvania, 1763 (By: Mary Pope Osborne) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Line in the Sand: The Alamo Diary of Lucinda Lawrence (By: Sherry Garland) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stationery Pack (By: Patricia McKissack) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Voyage on the Great Titanic: The Diary of Margaret Ann Brady, R.M.S. Titanic 1912 (By: Ellen Emerson White) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Great Railroad Race: The Diary of Libby West, Utah Territory 1868 (By: Kristiana Gregory) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
My Heart is on the Ground (By: Ann Rinaldi) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Girl Who Chased Away Sorrow: The Diary of Sarah Nita, a Navajo Girl (By: Ann Turner) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Light in the Storm: The Civil War Diary of Amelia Martin (By: Karen Hesse) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Color Me Dark: The Diary of Nellie Lee Love, the Great Migration North (By: Patricia McKissack) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Coal Miner's Bride: The Diary of Anetka Kaminska, Lattimer, Pennsylvania, 1896 (By: Susan Campbell Bartoletti) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
My Secret War: The World War II Diary of Madeline Beck, Long Island, New York 1941 (By: Mary Pope Osborne) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
One Eye Laughing, the Other Weeping: The Diary of Julie Weiss, Vienna, Austria to New York 1938 (By: Barry Denenberg) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Christmas After All: The Great Depression Diary of Minnie Swift, Indianapolis, Indiana 1932 (By: Kathryn Lasky) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Valley of the Moon: The Diary of María Rosalía de Milagros, Sonoma Valley, Alta Valley, California, 1846, (By: Sherry Garland) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Seeds of Hope: The Gold Rush Diary of Susanna Fairchild, California Territory 1849 (By: Kristiana Gregory) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
My Face to the Wind: The Diary of Sarah Jane Price, a Prairie Teacher, Broken Bow, Nebraska 1881 (By: Jim Murphy) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
When Christmas Comes Again: The World War I Diary of Simone Spencer (By: Beth Seidel Levine) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
My Secret War : The World War II Diary of Madeline Beck (By: Kathryn Lasky) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Time for Courage: The Suffragette Diary of Kathleen Bowen, Washington, D.C. 1917 (By: Kathryn Lasky) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Where Have All the Flowers Gone? (By: Ellen Emerson White) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: The Diary of Bess Brennan, The Perkins School for the Blind, 1932 (By: Barry Denenberg) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Survival in the Storm: The Dust Bowl Diary of Grace Edwards, Dalhart, Texas 1935 (By: Katelan Janke) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
So Far From Home: the Diary of Mary Driscoll, an Irish Mill Girl, Lowell, Massachusetts, 1847 (By: Barry Denenberg) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Love Thy Neighbor: The Tory Diary of Prudence Emerson (By: Ann Turner) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Land of the Buffalo Bones: The Diary of Mary Ann Elizabeth Rodgers, An English Girl in Minnesota (By: Marion Dane Bauer) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
All the Stars in the Sky (By: Megan McDonald) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Look to the Hills: The Diary of Lozette Moreau, a French Slave Girl, New York Colony 1763 (By: Patricia McKissack) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hear My Sorrow: The Diary of Angela Denoto, a Shirtwaist Worker, New York City 1909 (By: Deborah Hopkinson) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
I Walk in Dread: The Diary of Deliverance Trembley, Witness to the Salem Witch Trials, Massachusetts Bay Colony, 1691 (By: Lisa Rowe Fraustino) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Fences Between Us: The Diary of Piper Davis, Seattle, Washington, 1941 (By: Kirby Larson) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Like the Willow Tree (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cannons at Dawn (By: Kristiana Gregory) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
With the Might of Angels: The Diary of Dawnie Rae Johnson, Hadley, Virginia, 1954 (By: Andrea Davis Pinkney) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Behind the Masks: The Diary of Angeline Reddy, Bodie, California, 1880 (By: Susan Patron) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Down the Rabbit Hole, Chicago, Illinois, 1871: The Diary of Pringle Rose (By: Susan Campbell Bartoletti) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
A City Tossed and Broken: The Diary of Minnie Bonner, San Francisco, California, 1906 (By: Judy Blundell) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

A Summer to Die (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
Find a Stranger, Say Goodbye (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
Autumn Street (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Taking Care of Terrific (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Us and Uncle Fraud (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rabble Starkey (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Road Ahead (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Number the Stars (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
New Windmills (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Handle with Care (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stay!: Keeper's Story (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Silent Boy (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gossamer (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Birthday Ball (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bless This Mouse (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Windeby Puzzle (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tree. Table. Book. (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Picture Books

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Looking Back: A Book of Memories (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
On the Horizon (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of The Willoughbys Books

The Willoughbys (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Willoughbys Return (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Am I Blue?: Coming Out from the Silence(1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tomorrowland: 10 Stories About The Future(1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Open Your Eyes(2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shining On(2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Chronicles of Harris Burdick(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Totally Middle School: Tales of Friends, Family, and Fitting in(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon

Lois Lowry is an American writer who is credited for an autobiography and more than thirty children’s story books. She has so far won two Newbery medals; one for the ‘Number of Stars’ in 1989 and another one titled The Giver in 1993. In her appreciation as a great contributor and children writer, Lois Lowry became a finalist in 2000 and in 2004 when she was a U.S nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Award that is being conducted biennially. This is the highest available recognition for the writers of children’s books in the United States of America. Lois Lowry later in 2007 received an award from the American Library Association (Margaret Edward Award), as the best contributor in writing for children.

As a very famous children author, Lois Lowry is popular for writing about various difficult matters that touches on children. In her writings, she has dug dip into complex issues such as terminal illness, racism, the Holocaust and murder among other topics that are very challenging to the teens. She is also famous for writing on controversial issues, even questioning the authority as exemplified in her book entitled The Giver quartet. Her exploration on such matters has brought her both criticism and praise in equal measure. In particular, her book; The Giver, has been reacted upon differently from various schools in America, with some incorporating it as a mandatory reference book in their curriculum, while others discouraging the use of the book in their schools to the extent of prohibiting students from reading it.

The Life and Career of Lois Lowry

Lois Lowry was born to parents Robert E. Hammersberg and Katherine Gordon on March 20th 1937. Her mother had an English, Scottish-Irish and German ancestry while her father had a Norwegian descent. Initially, Lois Lowry’s parents named her ‘Cena’ after her Norwegian grandmother. However, upon her grandmother hearing that, she quickly telegraphed them and told them to give the child an American name. Lois’ parents chose the name Ann and Lois, which were the names of sisters to her father.

Lowry was the second born in a family of three children. She had a younger brother called Jon and an elder sister called Helen. Helen, who was three years older than her, unfortunately died of cancer in 1962 while at the age of 28 years. This is the experience that inspired Lois Lowry to write her first book; A Summer to Die; which is all about a young lady who tragically lost her elder sister, and a subplot of the book Number the Stars. Lowry’s brother who was since years younger than her grew up to become a medical doctor and up to now they continue to enjoy a very close relationship between them.

Lowry’s father was a career military dentist, whose work moved his family not only in the whole of the United States of America but also in all parts of the world. In 1939, Lowry together with her family relocated from Hawaii to Brooklyn, New York and later moved to Carlisle, Pennsylvania which was her mother’s hometown in 1942, when her father was transferred to the pacific during the 2nd world war. Lowry’s father served in the island of Tinian and on a USS Hope hospital ship.

Lois Lowry together with her family moved to Tokyo Japan, following the events of World War II, where her father was stationed as from 1948 to 1950. Lois Lowry went through junior high school at Meguro’s Tokyo American School which was a special school for the military families’ children and then later returned to United States of America where she completed her high school education level. In 1950, Lois Lowry and her family lived shortly in Carlisle again before moving to fort jay’s Governors Island in New York. This is where Lois Lowry attended Staten Island’s Curtis High School. In 1952, Lois Lowry entered Brooklyn Heights’ Collegiate Institute, in New York where she completed her high school education. Lois Lowry joined Brown University as from 1954 where she attended for two years before she got married to a U.S Navy officer by the name Donald Grey Lowry at the age of 19 years in 1956. Their marriage bowed them four children namely: Grey and Benjamin who were sons and Kristin and Alix who were girls.

Donald’s military career in their early years of marriage made the family to move more frequently. The family lived in Florida where Grey was born, lived in California where Alix was born and finally settled in Cambridge, Massachusetts where Benjamin and Kristin were born. The family now gained some stability in Cambridge when Donald resigned from military and joined Harvard Law School. After Lois Lowry’s husband finished law school, the family relocated to Maine’s Portland.

The support from her husband and the growth of her children enabled Lois Lowry to complete her degree program in English literature at the University of Southern Maine in 1972.She also pursued graduate studies at Alma Mater after graduating with a B.A in English literature. It is at this juncture that Lois Lowry was introduced to photography that turned out to be her lifelong profession and passion. She highly specialized in child photography and at many instances took pictures that she attached on her articles when she worked as a freelance journalist. Lois Lowry’s first book opportunity was generated out of her freelance work for the Redbook magazine. A Houghton editor advised her to write a children’s book upon recognizing her talent.

Lois Lowry agreed to Houghton’s opinion and quickly wrote a book entitled A Summer to Die that was published in 1977 by Houghton Mifflin when Lois Lowry had turned forty years old. Donald and Lois Lowry divorced in that same year after they discovered that they were no longer compatible as Lois nurtured her writing career. Lois Lowry has mentioned this part of her life and children in almost all of her books.

Writing about serious and funny things has sustained Lois Lowry in all of her hard times. Her son Grey died in a fighter plane in 1995 and made her acknowledge that these was the most trying moments of her life as an author. However, her son Benjamin and his wife gave birth to a baby and named him Grey in honor of their brother along with the young Rhys.


Today, Lois Lowry is still very active and continues to speak in some special appearances in television shows and also in writing. She also spends some time to enjoy her time at her home in Maine and Massachusetts.

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One Response to “Lois Lowry”

  1. 2cairnterriers: 5 years ago

    um, it’s called “number the stars”!!!! NOT “number OF stars”!


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