Today is the birthday of two of my favourite American authors! They have also each written one of my favourite books- and, given that I read about 300+ books a year, that is saying something! So- happy birthday to Lois Lowry and Louis Sacher!
The Giver by Lois Lowry is an amazing book; everyone should read it!
Jonas's world is perfect- the policy of 'Sameness' has eliminated pain and discord, but also any real emotional depth of feeling. When he becomes 12, Jonas is selected to become the Receiver of Memory and be trained by The Giver. His life will never be the same again.
This is one of the best dystopian novels I have read. It's frighteningly believable and a very powerful read.
There are another three books by Lois Lowry written about the same era which with The Giver form The Giver Quartet: Gathering Blue, Messenger and Son. Although each is great, to me, 'The Giver' is the best!
Number the Stars was one of JAB's reads about a year ago and was a huge success with the group. As the Germans move to 'relocate' all the Jews in Denmark, the Danish Resistance takes action to move them safely across the sea to Sweden. Great book- much enjoyed by all!
Holes- although absolutely fantastic - is NOT my favourite Louis Sacher book! That honour goes to the wonderful 'Dogs Don't Tell Jokes'. When you take risks and believe in yourself, things can turn out well in the end- although there might be ups and downs along the way. Excellent book- the perfect combination of Louis Sacher's humour and his ability to tackle more serious issues.
Most people know about the wonderful Bradley Chalker and 'There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom' from the Power of Reading project. If you don't, try it- it's great!
Although I haven't read it yet, his new book, 'Fuzzy Mud', looks like it will be another hit from this amazing author. I promise to read it soon and write a review!
Happy birthday to both these great authors - and thank you both for giving such pleasure through your writing!