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The Willoughbys

by Lois Lowry

The Willoughbys
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    Mar 2008, 176 pages
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    Mar 2010, 176 pages

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Newbery Award-winning author Lois Lowry pays playful homage to classic works of literature in this hilarious and decidedly winning book for ages 9+

Lois Lowry's adroit satire will enlighten and entertain winning waifs, audacious au pairs, woeful widowers, punctilious postmasters, relentless realtors, mixed-up mountaineers, and ordinary children and their parents.

Once upon a time children's stories celebrated spunk, not spite. Intrepid young heroes and ungossipy heroines triumphed over evil and got lots of fresh air, wholesome exercise and nutritious snacks in the process. Nostalgia for these bygone books, and the daycare- and Internet-free childhoods that contained them, informs the success of recent retro bestsellers such as A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Penderwicks, The Dangerous Book for Boys, the Harry Potter series, and the wizarding genre that hatched around it like a clutch of dragon eggs.

Lois Lowry's The Willoughbys is the latest faux antique to hit your quaint little bookshop's fusty shelves...

About the Author
Lois LowryLois Lowry is known for her versatility and invention as a writer. She was born in Hawaii and grew up in New York, Pennsylvania, and Japan. After several years at Brown University, she turned to her family and to writing. She 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.

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