Lois Lowry is known for her versatility and invention as a writer. She was born in Hawaii and grew up in New York, Pennsylvania, and Japan. After several years at Brown University, she turned to her family and to writing. She is the author of more than thirty books for young adults, including the popular Anastasia Krupnik series. She has received countless honors, among them the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award, the California Young Reader’s Medal, and the Mark Twain Award. She received Newbery Medals for two of her novels, Number the Stars and The Giver. Her first novel, A Summer to Die, was awarded the International Reading Association’s Children’s Book Award. Ms. Lowry now divides her time between Cambridge and an 1840s farmhouse in Maine. To learn more about Lois Lowry, see her website at www.loislowry.com.
“Lowry displays a keen understanding of how second-grade classrooms operate.”—Horn Book
From the moment Gooney Bird Greene arrives at Watertower Elementary School, her fellow second-graders are intrigued by her unique sense of style and her unusual lunches. So when story time arrives, the choice is unanimous: they want to hear about Gooney Bird Greene. And that suits Gooney Bird just fine, because, as it turns out, she has quite a few interesting and "absolutely true" stories to tell.
Through Gooney Bird and her tales, the acclaimed author Lois Lowry introduces young readers to the elements of storytelling. This book will encourage the storyteller in everyone.
“Writing for a younger audience than usual, Lowry displays a keen understanding of how second-grade classrooms operate.”— Horn Book
“Lowry’s masterful writing style reaches directly into her audience, managing both to appeal to young listeners and to engage readers.”— The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Veteran author Lowry produces a laugh-out-loud chapter book.” Booklist
“…irrepressible Gooney Bird is that rare bird in children’s fiction: one that instantly becomes an amusing and popular favorite.” Kirkus Reviews
The first book in the lovable Gooney Bird series about the most interesting second-grader at Watertower Elementary—by the two-time Newbery Award winner Lois Lowry.