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LEARNING ABOUT LOIS LOWRY BIOGRAPHY Lois Lowry was born March 20, 1937 in Hawaii to Robert and Katharine Hammersberg. Her father was an Army dentist and the family lived all over the world. She attended Brown University, but left after her sophomore year to get married and raise a family of four children. They settled in Maine, where she returned to college and received her degree from the University of Southern Maine. Lois Lowry fulfilled a childhood dream when she began writing in the mid-1970's. Now divorced, she lives in West Cambridge with her dog, Bandit, and spends weekends in her


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ABOUT HER WRITING Lois Lowry, author of over 20 novels and winner of the Newbery Medal twice, is a woman to be taken seriously. This native of Hawaii has become a favorite of both children and young adults. She has tackled a number of topics in her literature. Whatever the theme, Lowry portrays realistic life experiences to her audience. In her books, Lois Lowry throws her characters and readers into many thought-provoking situations. The contemporary young adult reader is compelled to confront society with all of its imperfections. Lois Lowry told Contemporary Authors that she measures her success as an author by her ability to "help adolescents answer their own questions about life, identity and human relationships."

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Number the Stars is told from the point of view of ten-year-old Annemarie Johansen. The story is set in the city of Copenhagen, Denmark in September 1943, the third year of the Nazi occupation in Denmark. Annemarie and her best friend Ellen, who is Jewish, live in the same building. Her older sister Lise died a few years before and her younger sister Kirsti shares wonderful moments with her. During a late night visit from Peter Nielsen, a member of the Resistance, and the man Lise was to marry, Annemarie is told more about the war. The next day the Rosens must flee. They leave Ellen with the Johansens. During the night, German soldiers come to the apartment demanding that Mr. Johansen disclose the location of his friends. He refuses and they search the apartment. Ellen pretends to be one of the Johansen’s daughters, but her dark hair causes the soldiers to be suspicious. Luckily, Mr. Johansen is able to show them a baby picture of Lise with dark hair, which convinces them . The next day, Mrs. Johansen takes the three girls to her brother Henrik’s home. Henrik is a fisherman. They pretend to have a funeral in the house, Aunt Birte’s funeral, an aunt that did not exist. Inside the coffin they hid blankets and clothes for the people who were to be smuggled. Henrik takes the first group of people down to his boat. It is then that Annemarie understands that the people are being taken to safety in Sweden. Annemarie plays an important role in helping the Jewish people. That night they talk about the events of the day. Uncle Henrik explains that he hid the passengers in the bottom of his boat. Uncle Henrik praises Annemarie for her bravery and reassures her that Ellen is safe and that they will meet again someday. The war ends in May. Annemarie thinks of the Rosens and realizes that they, along with all the others will soon be returning home. At the end of the story, Annemarie takes out the Star of David pendant. It is said that she was heard saying … “I will wear this necklace until sweet Ellen returns”. Visit: WWII Memorials



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PAINTING PICTURES WITH WORDS Writers Paint and Create Art ‌ with their Words

Writers paint pictures with words. Unlike movies or television, which show scenes and characters in action in full colour, books leave these images to the imagination of their readers. This is what makes books so enjoyable to read and so interesting when shared. Lois Lowry uses words to convey a sense of what the characters are feeling in her novel. Close your eyes. Think of any character or situation in the novel and describe what you can see, feel or want to transmit.

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