Have you heard of Lois Lowry? It’s hard to imagine not coming across her work at least once during our time in school. Lois Lowry is a two-time Newbery Medalist winner, getting the awards for “Number the Stars” in 1990 and “The Giver” in 1994.
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If you are a fan of Lois Lowry, then keep your eyes and ears peeled for this! Lowry has a new children’s book, “On the Horizon,” that will be published on April 7. The book is a collection of reflections on World War II, drawing from her experiences from her own childhood spent in Japan during the war. Lowry asks readers to empathize with people from both sides of the conflict by offering vignettes of those who lost their lives in the war.
After that, Lowry turns to herself and her guilt for living in Tokyo after the war ended. She felt isolation when she would watch Japanese kids play together, never receiving an invitation to play with them. She dared not ask to join them, either.
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The content in her new book is questionable in its suitability for kids, but I don’t think that kids should be shielded from darkness in the world. It unfortunately accompanies each and every one of us every day. It is a part of life, something that kids should be made aware of. However, Lowry’s core message in her book is this: we all benefit from a more peaceful world.
In an interview with Lois Lowry about her new book, Shay Maunz of TIME poses her questions like why she chose to write the book in poems instead of prose, or her experience of World War II as a kid. Lowry’s answers are really interesting. For her first question, she answered that her newest book took its form through what is essentially a process, something any kind of artist goes through with any medium. Her answer for the second question goes into depth about her worries over her father. The interview with TIME seems to include the full dialogue, so if you’re interested in reading about all the answers relating to her new book, you can check that out.
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