Looking Back by Lois Lowry
A Book of Memories

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"I would like to introduce you to this book. It has no plot. It is about moments, memories, fragments, falsehoods, and fantasies. It is about things that happened, which caused other things to happen, so that eventually stories emerged." Children as well as adults often ask Lois Lowry where the ideas for her stories came from. In this fascinating, moving autobiography, the Newbery Medalist answers this and many other questions. Her writing often transports readers into her own world. She explores her rich history through family pictures, memories, and recollections of childhood friends. She details pivotal moments that affected her life, inspired her writing, and that magically evolved into rich and wonderful stories that one is reluctant to put down. Lowry fans, and anyone interested in the writing process, will tremendously enjoy this poignant trip through a remarkable writer's past.
 

About Lois Lowry

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Lois Lowry is the author of more than thirty 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. Ms. Lowry now divides her time between Cambridge and an 1840s farmhouse in Maine. To learn more about Lois Lowry, see her website at www.loislowry.com.
 
Published October 26, 1998 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 196 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A unique format for a memoir--Lowry (Stay!, 1997, etc.) offers up quotes from her books, dates, black-and-white photographs, and recollections of each shot, as well as the other memories surrounding it.

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Lowry, the daughter of an itinerant army major, then describes her wish to give her children the things she never had, ""a house that was always ours, books that were always there to be read again and again, and pets that followed you home and were allowed to stay."" Lowry tenderly relates the re...

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Introducing each section of this memoir with an excerpt from one of her novels, the author ""unfolds her history in a glorious arc, invisibly threading its parts into a unified whole.

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