Lois Lowry

1937 -

(2004 Kerlan Award)


The Kerlan Award is given "in recognition of singular attainments in the creation of children's literature and in appreciation for generous donation of unique resources to the Kerlan Collection for the study of children's literature." The books listed below are owned by the University of Minnesota Duluth Kathryn A. Martin Library.


Lowry, Lois. (1988). All about Sam. (Illustrated by Diane de Groat). Boston : Houghton Mifflin. INTR-FIC L921AL 

The adventures of Sam, Anastasia Krupnik’s younger brother, from his first day as a newborn through his mischievous times as a toddler.

Lowry, Lois. (1981). Anastasia again! (Decorations by Diane deGroat). Boston : Houghton Mifflin. INTR-FIC L921AM

Twelve-year-old Anastasia is horrified at her family’s decision to move from their city apartment to a house in the suburbs.

Lowry, Lois. (1985). Anastasia, ask your analyst! New York :  Dell. INTR-FIC L921AN 

Anastasia’s seventh-grade science project becomes almost more than she can handle, but her brother Sam, age three, and a bust of Freud, aid her nobly.

Lowry, Lois. (1986). Anastasia has the answers. Boston : Houghton Mifflin. INTR-FIC L921ANH 

Anastasia continues the perilous process of growing up as her thirteenth year involves her in conquering the art of rope climbing, playing Cupid for a recently widowered uncle, and surviving a crush on her gym teacher.

Lowry, Lois. (1979). Anastasia Krupnik. Boston :  Houghton Mifflin. INTR-FIC L921ANK  

Anastasia’s 10th year has some good things like falling in love and really getting to know her grandmother and some bad things like finding out about an impending baby brother.

Lowry, Lois. (1986, c1985). Anastasia on her own. New York :  Dell Pub. INTR-FIC L921ANO 

Her family’s new organized schedule for easy housekeeping makes thirteen-year-old Anastasia confident that she can run the household while her mother is out of town, until she hits unexpected complications.

Lowry, Lois. (1987). Anastasia's chosen career. Boston :  Houghton Mifflin. INTR-FIC L921ANW 

Thirteen-year-old Anastasia acquires poise and self-confidence, a new friend, and advice on becoming a bookstore owner when she commutes to Boston to take a modeling course.

Lowry, Lois. (1992). Attaboy, Sam! (Illustrated by Diane de Groat). Boston :  Houghton Mifflin. PRIM-FIC L921AT  

Sam is able to help his sister Anastasia with the poem she is writing for their mother’s birthday, but his own efforts to create a special perfume are disastrous.

Lowry, Lois. (1980). Autumn street. Boston :  Houghton Mifflin. INTR-FIC L921AU  

When her father goes to fight in World War II, Elizabeth goes with her mother and sister to her grandfather’s house where she learns to face up to the always puzzling and often cruel realities of the adult world.

Lowry, Lois. (2010). The birthday ball. (Illustrations by Jules Feiffer). Boston, Mass. : Houghton Mifflin Books for Children.

Princess Patricia Priscilla’s 16th birthday is very important because that’s where she will choose her husband from a group of boring suitors. In fact, the whole idea is boring. Out of boredom, Princess Patricia Priscilla disguises herself as a peasant and starts attending the village school. It’s fun, and it doesn’t hurt any that the new schoolmaster is really handsome! And he isn’t a bit boring, either!

Lowry, Lois. (2009). Crow call. (Illustrations by Bagram Ibatoulline). New York : Scholastic Press. INTR-FIC L921cr

Nine-year-old Liz accompanies the stranger who is her father, just returned from the war, when he goes hunting for crows in Pennsylvania farmland.

Lowry, Lois. (c2002, 2000). Gathering blue. New York : Laurel-leaf Books. INTR-FIC L921ga

Lame and suddenly orphaned, Kira is mysteriously removed from her squalid village to live in the palatial Council Edifice, where she is expected to use her gifts as a weaver to do the bidding of the all-powerful Guardians.

Lowry, Lois. (1993). The giver. Boston :  Houghton Mifflin. INTR-FIC L921gi

Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.

Lowry, Lois. (2002). Gooney Bird Greene. (Illustrated by Middy Thomas). Boston :  Houghton Mifflin. INTR-FIC L921go

A most unusual new student who loves to be the center of attention entertains her teacher and fellow second graders by telling absolutely true stories about herself, including how she got her name. 

Lowry, Lois. (1998). Looking back : a book of memories. Boston, Mass : Houghton Mifflin. 921 L921L

Using family photographs and quotes from her books, the author provides glimpses into her life.

Lowry, Lois. (2004). Messenger. Boston : Houghton Mifflin. INTR-FIC L921me

In this novel that unites characters from "The Giver" and "Gathering Blue," Matty, a young member of a utopian community that values honesty, conceals an emerging healing power that he cannot explain or understand.

Lowry, Lois. (1989). Number the stars. Boston :  Houghton Mifflin Co. INTR-FIC L921NU

In 1943, during the German occupation of Denmark, ten-year-old Annemarie learns how to be brave and courageous when she helps shelter her Jewish friend from the Nazis.

Lowry, Lois. (1983). The one hundredth thing about Caroline. Boston : Houghton Mifflin. INTR-FIC L921ON

When their mother starts to date the mystery man on the fifth floor who has been instructed by his agent to "eliminate the children" by the first of May, eleven-year-old Caroline and her older brother figure they’re targeted to be the victims of a savage crime.

Lowry, Lois. (1987). Rabble Starkey. Boston :  Houghton Mifflin. INTR-FIC L921RA

Many things change for twelve-year-old Rabble Starkey, her mother, and her best friend, Veronica Bigelow when Veronica’s mother becomes mentally incapacitated and the Starkeys move in with the Bigelows.

Lowry, Lois. (1996). See you around, Sam! (Illustrated by Diane de Groat). Boston :  Houghton. INTR-FIC L921SE

Sam Krupnik, mad at his mother because she won’t let him wear his new plastic fangs in the house, decides to run away to Alaska.

Lowry, Lois. (2012). Son. Boston : Houghton Mifflin. INTR-FIC L921so

Unlike the other Birthmothers in her utopian community, teenaged Claire forms an attachment to her baby, feeling a great loss when he is taken to the Nurturing Center to be adopted by a family unit. Companion book to: The Giver, Gathering blue, and Messenger.

Lowry, Lois. (1977). A summer to die. (Illustrated by Jenni Oliver). Boston :  Houghton Mifflin. INTR-FIC L921SU

Thirteen-year-old Meg envy's her sister’s beauty and popularity. Her feelings don’t make it any easier for her to cope with Molly’s strange illness and eventual death.


Author Information

Lois Lowry Home http://www.loislowry.com/

Lowry, Lois 1937- . (2012). In Something about the author (Vol. 230, pp. 59-69).  Detroit: Gale. PN 451 .S6

Lowry, Lois 1937- (Lois Hammersberg Lowry). (2007). In Something about the author (Vol. 177, pp. 110-118).  Detroit: Gale. PN 451 .S6 & Online V. 1 - 189, 1971- 2009

Autobiography feature Lois Lowry 1937- . (2002). In Something about the author (Vol. 127, pp. 134-150).  Detroit: Gale. PN 451 .S6 & Online V. 1 - 189, 1971- 2009

Lois Lowry 1937- . (2000). In Something about the author (Vol. 111, pp. 121-128).  Detroit: Gale. PN 451 .S6 & Online V. 1 - 189, 1971- 2009

Lois Lowry 1937- . (1993). In Something about the author (Vol. 70, pp. 134-137).  Detroit: Gale. PN 451 .S6

Lowry, Lois 1937- . (1981). In Something about the author (Vol. 23, pp. 120-122).  Detroit: Gale. PN 451 .S6 & Online V. 1 - 189, 1971- 2009

Lois Lowry 1937- . (1987). In Something about the author autobiography series (Vol. 3, pp. 131-146). Detroit: Gale. Online Something about the Author database.

Reading Rockets. (n.d.). A video interview with Lois Lowry. http://www.readingrockets.org/books/interviews/lowry/


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