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I've returned from central Washington where I visited four different towns and did five different presentations and was warmly received by lots of wonderful people.  Brief snowstorm on Thursday! But mostly the weather was fine and the scenery in that area of Washington is spectacular. It was a fine, though tiring, trip. And just for the record: I hate Wolfgang Puck's airport sandwiches.

I got home Friday night and on Saturday morning joined several other speakers at an event held by the Foundation for Children's Books at the magnificent Boston Atheneum.  Each year they hold an event focusing on "What's New" so I had a chance to show-and-tell not only my newest published book, THE BIRTHDAY BALL, but also several upcoming ones, including one I've done for the newly-revived Dear America series. Mine, set in Maine in 1918-1919, will be called LIKE THE WILLOW TREE. Scholastic has updated the look of the covers of these books and also is now featuring the names of the many authors. It will be easier now for young readers to understand that these diaries are fiction --- there had been confusion in the past. But the historical events are carefully-researched and accurate. I would have loved these books when I was a kid.

Here, for example, is the original book "A Journey to the New World"---about the voyage of the Mayflower---


and here it is, same book, in its new incarnation, revealing the author's name, Kathryn Lasky:


The one I've written (pub. date January 2011) is the diary of an eleven-year-old girl orphaned by the 1918 flu epidemic and raised by the Shakers of Sabbathday Lake, Maine. The Shaker Village there is not far for my own home in Maine and so I was able to spend time in their archives last summer, doing the necessary research.


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Jasmine Monday, 29 November 1999

"Ya got somethin there Marge?"
"Oh no, I just think I'm gonna barf."
My favorite lines from "Fargo." :)

Melanie Monday, 29 November 1999

I lived in Grand Forks, ND for about six months. Truthfully, that was about as much as I could take.
Have you read this hilarious Dave Barry article: http://www.nydailynews.com/opinions/2009/03/07/2009-03-07_a_trip_to_north_dakota_puts_me_on_the_ma-1.html?
If you do have some unscheduled meals while you are there, though, I'd recommend trying Rhombus Guys pizza for one of them. It's "downtown" and it is my favorite pizza of all time. It's nothing fancy, but it is the only thing I've missed since moving away.

hannah Monday, 29 November 1999

hahaha! this is fabulous! we moved here last september and have had many laughs since then---everyone reminds us of "fargo" characters:)

Giuseppina Pungitore Monday, 29 November 1999

Lois, I am in absolute awe of your work!
I have just finished reading the Giver and it is also the ONLY book of yours I have so far read but never before have I been so moved to actually seek out an author and contact them. I will endeavour to read all of your works and perhaps find a way to speak to you about them. I have two daughters, 11 and 6, I will certainly pass this book on to my eldest and when the time is right also to my youngest. Thank-you. I could go on for much longer just describing to you all the feelings aroused in me by The Giver but I'm not sure you will receive this message. I sincerely hope you do and I look forward to many many more engrossing reads! Gratefully, Pina.

Giuseppina Pungitore Monday, 29 November 1999

It is with great sadness that immediately after my first post I learned of Ms. Lowry's passing. Now I'm aware that I cannot dialogue with her directly but I will still continue reading all her works and continue watching this space for any information.

Lois Lowry Monday, 29 November 1999

No, no: I am alive and well! The obituary was for some stranger who happened to have the same name!

Ashley Monday, 29 November 1999

Hi, my names Ashley and my class is reading "The Giver" and I absolutely love it! I was wondering if I could ask you questions about the book, " Is elsewhere other commuites ? Or is it like how Earth is today?" and my E.L.A
Teacher told me that you have to read between the lines to understand what the author is trying to say about our world and it's technology in this book. Are you saying that we need to beware our technology? If that's what your saying I totally agree.
--7th grade class .

Lois Lowry Monday, 29 November 1999

Ashley, To ask questions, please email me through my website by clicking where it says "Email me" Thanks.

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