How did I miss Lois Lowry? How in the world? I only recently learned of this author, when her name kept coming up in blog posts. I can't believe it took me this long to find her. I had the great pleasure of reading both The Giver and Number the Stars over the weekend.
Tiny synopsis: Jonas is a Twelve, which means he will be given his lifetime work assignment. In his community, Sameness rules everything. When he's given the job of the Receiver of Memories Jonas' life takes on new depth. He alone will hold his community's collective memory-- all the joy, all the pain, the strife and complication that is not Sameness. But can he? And will he?
This tiny synopsis can't even touch the surface of the amazing story told here. From the first line this book grabbed me and held me riveted. This is a complicated look at choices societies make, and the trade-offs they must deal with as a result. But I think what I take away from reading this book is the precision of words Lowry uses. Her words and descriptions are compact but full of layered meaning.
Tiny synopsis: Annemarie lives in Nazi-occupied Copenhagen. As the Nazi plan to relocate Copenhagen's Jewish population becomes evident, Annemarie and her family do what they can to help their Jewish friends, not knowing if it will be enough.
This book is an interesting look at Copenhagen in this era. Having lived in the Netherlands I knew a little of the stories of that country during WW2. I was largely ignorant of what happened in Denmark during that time.
What happened was really amazing.
Lowry creates a fictional world punctuated with true events from this time period. I don't want to spoil it (though maybe I am truly the only person who hadn't already read this?)
What a great weekend!
My oldest son lost his first tooth, we had a great Easter, the weather Sunday was gorgeous, and I found a new writer to adore.