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These are my two grandsons.  I have another grandson, but he is 26 years old, sensible and self-supporting.  These, 8 and 10, are the two that I am taking off tomorrow, by plane, on an adventure.
Are we going to have fun? You betcha.

When my oldest grandson, James---now known as Jay---was ten, I told him that I would take him on a trip the next summer during his school vacation. He could choose the place. I gave him plenty of time to think about and research places. He chose, after much thought, New Zealand. I would have been willing to take him there---I had been to New Zealand and knew how appealing it is---but I dreaded the hideously long trip, with a kid.

Needn't have worried, though. When I pointed out to him that summer in New England would be winter in New Zealand, he changed his mind. And so we went to Choice #2: Hawaii.  It was great. He had just turned eleven, and eleven is a wonderful age. No adolescent angst, yet. We enjoyed oursleves, and we enjoyed each other.

Now grandson Grey is about to turn eleven, and so we are doing the trip thing again. But this time I am including his younger brother, and this time I chose the destination....because I didn't relish re-doing the 9-hour flight to Honolulu.

So the boys and I are going to Bermuda. Two hours from Boston by plane.

Today it is chilly and rainy again in Maine. We don't care. Tomorrow afternoon we will be at Elbow Beach.

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Karin Monday, 29 November 1999

I hope she shares that with her mom.
I know it's your more serious books that get the acclaim, but the Anastasia books came at an impressionable time in my life (10 when I started reading them), and the lessons and awkward moments (handing out the invites to street people, the "great unwashed") made an impression even though the best part of the books was how funny and personable they were. As I look to having kids, I also would hope to be like Mr. and Mrs. Krupnik.
I guess you could also say they're "banned books" in our house, because if I re-read one in bed, I wake up my husband with all the laughing. They still are that funny.
Okay, happy holidays and I'll shut up now :)

Ellen Booraem Monday, 29 November 1999

Out of curiosity, how did you know you were corresponding with a young girl? Sorry to say, typos and bad punctuation no longer are proof of age. (Oh dear, I sound so waspish.) "I mean it happens in life" sounds like she could be an older teen or adult.

Lois Lowry Monday, 29 November 1999

Hmmm. Interesting question. I did make an assumption based on the tone and spelling and grammar in the emails. And here, sadly, is what she replied to my last message:
ok i do not like this book and u do not have to take my addvis but i apsilotly hate this book o and p.s. never ever send me anything ever again!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and not with love XXXX

Robin Monday, 29 November 1999

There is so much that is beautiful, caring, and compassionate in your books. Your stories touch our hearts, so I hope that you will put these negative and frustrating conversations/comments (from someone who simply does not understand) into the bigger perspective. Your work is so important to those of us who work with young people, and for those of us that simply love fine storytelling. Thank you for every word you write, true gifts from your heart.

.Elizabeth. Monday, 29 November 1999

The person that typed probaly doesn't understand much. Kids need to learn stuff, for all she knows she could be like that, and it's not like the book goes all in with the sex topic.

kirsten Monday, 29 November 1999

I think your responses were appropriate and heartfelt. You responded with curiosity, warmth, and respect. I hope one day she will stumble back on her correspondence with you and reflect on how honest and respectful you were.
On an unrelated topic, I'm a lifelong fan of your work, and just tickled to have found your blog. I teach first grade and share your Gooney Bird Greene books with my students, and regularly recommend other books of yours to our fifth grade reading buddies. Thank you for making my life richer through literature.

sophia Monday, 29 November 1999

Dear Lois Lowry,
I love you're books and am a huge fan. :D
right now i'm reading one book,
it's called 'A Summer To Die', which was your first book you ever wrote.
It's also one of my favorite books i have read by you.
Anyways, I was wondering...
did they make a movie to this book? Possibly it had another name?
I've felt like i've seen the movie version to this novel.
i know i must have heard about it somewhere, for i remembered the whole ending and have never read the book..
so, please please please get back to me ASAP, it would mean the world to me.
by the way, don't listen to those haters, all they're there for is to try knock you down.
Keep your head held high- you're an amazing writer. :-).

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