LitStaff Pick: Children’s Book Authors Who Speak to Adults, Too

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Really great writers, regardless of their chosen genre, know how to collect and captivate audiences. If they are true masters at their craft, they are able to transcend age brackets and personal preferences set to separate stories into neat little categories. At the end of the day, a great story is a great story regardless [….]

‘The Giver’ One Step Closer to the Big Screen

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Fans of dystopian young adult books and their subsequent film adaptations have yet another potential franchise to look forward to, and this one sounds promising. Variety’s Jeff Sneider reports that The Weinstein Co. and Walden Media are close to locking down director Phillip Noyce (Salt, Patriot Games, Dead Calm) for a cinematic version of our [….]

Featured Author: Our Exclusive Interview with Lois Lowry

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LitStack’s Featured Author We would like to thank Lois Lowry and her team at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for allowing us to feature her this month. We hope that you will revisit her wonderful backlist as well as her recent release, SON. We were honored to sit down and chat with Mrs. Lowry about her books, [….]

Featured Author Review: ‘Messenger’ by Lois Lowry

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Messenger Lois Lowry Houghton Mifflin ISBN 0-618-40441-4 —♦— In Messenger, Lois Lowry’s third book in The Giver quartet, Matty is a young teen in a utopian community simply called Village. Jonas, the main character in The Giver and Village’s Leader, worries about the fate of their peaceful existence. The evil Trade Master has come on [….]

Featured Auhthor Review: ‘Gathering Blue’ by Lois Lowry

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  Gathering Blue Lois Lowry Ember/Random House, Inc. Copyright 2000 ISBN 978-0-440-22949-0 Written seven years after her iconic “children’s” book, The Giver, Lois Lowry returns to a future world in the companion piece, Gathering Blue, but this time, society has not advanced.  Instead, the future appears desolately dystopian, with rigid social mores and traditions even [….]

Featured Author Review: ‘The Giver’ by Lois Lowry

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LITSTACK’S FEATURED AUTHOR REVIEW The Giver Lois Lowry Published in 1993 from Bantam Books “Once, back in the time of the memories…” The Giver is a Newberry Award-winning dystopian novel featuring a child protagonist who is chosen to receive the memories of ages past in order to aid and advise his community in the future.  [….]

LitStaff Pick: Our Favorite Subversive Fiction

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Great fiction is meant to inspire. That may not, perhaps, be the agenda of the novelist at the outset of writing, but when one is discussing topics that seem out of the social norm or that demonstrates the act of subverting common convention, then inspiration is inevitable. Subverting what is accepted, what is considered safe [….]