Lower School Librarian Laura Amy Schlitz Reviews Lois Lowry’s Latest Book for the NY Times

Newbery Medal-winning author and Park Lower School librarian Laura Amy Schlitz reviewed a new book by renowned children’s author Lois Lowry (Number the Stars, The Giver) in yesterday’s New York Times

“Knowing Lowry’s versatility, I shouldn’t have been surprised that in her latest book she succeeds in doing three things at once. ‘The Windeby Puzzle’ is structurally strange and beautifully crafted, zigzagging, as its subtitle announces, between history and story.

Read Laura’s full review in the New York Times here

Laura is a nationally recognized children’s author. In 2008, she won the Newbery Medal for Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village, a series of monologues she wrote for fifth grade classes at Park. A novel, Splendors and Glooms, was a 2013 Newbery Honor winner. The Hired Girl, published in 2015, won a Gold Medal in the Sydney Taylor Book Award’s Teen category, a National Jewish Book Award for Young Adult Literature, and a Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction. Amber and Clay earned five starred reviews and was named to several lists of best books for children and middle grades, including Wall Street JournalKirkus ReviewsHorn Book, and Booklist. It was given an Honor in the annual Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children, National Council of Teachers of English.

All of Laura’s books, including Princess Cora and the Crocodile (2018), The Night Fairy (2010), Bearskinner: A Tale of the Brothers Grimm (2007), A Drowned Maiden’s Hair (2006), and The Hero Schliemann: The Dreamer Who Dug for Troy (2006) are highly acclaimed by critics and readers alike. While writing, she regularly solicits feedback from the children in her classes.

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