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Lois Lowry

When: Wed., April 21, 7 p.m. 2010

When I first read Lois Lowry's The Giver, I was intrigued by the world she created. When I reread it a few years later as a young adolescent, I was appalled by how these characters were emotionally and libidinously lobotomized. But Lowry's work has always been challenging. In 1990, she won a Newbery Medal for Number the Stars, a harrowing tale of a girl hiding her Jewish best friend from the Nazis in wartime Denmark. With her latest book, Lowry goes kinder and gentler, aiming younger than her usual target audience. She'll present her new book, The Birthday Ball, in which a princess switches places with her maid so she can plan her party to her liking. It's appropriate for ages 9 to 11, so parents can ease their kids into Lowry's work with the easier stuff before they experience the punch of her material for tweens. —Sarah Ewald

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