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on Thursday, 15 January 2009 in Uncategorized

This just appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

You won't be able to see the new movie "Hotel for Dogs" until this Friday, but if you're itching for a sneak peek, check out photographer David Strick's Hollywood Backlot for behind-the-scenes photos from the filming. (Don't worry if the pup in the above photo looks a bit odd; it's a puppet.)

"Hotel for Dogs," which stars Emma Roberts (best-known for her starring role in Nickelodeon's "Unfabulous"), Lisa Kudrow and Don Cheadle, is the story of two orphaned kids who find themselves in a foster home. Things go from bad to worse when they learn that they can't bring their beloved dog, a Jack Russell named Friday, along with them.

You can probably guess that hijinks and hilarity ensue from there, and the kids pick up more needy dogs on the way, creating a home for them in the abandoned hotel to which the title refers. It's based on the novel by Newbery Award-winning children's author Lois Lowry.

The on-line edition had a place where readers could add comments so I growled and barked a bit and got an email from the editor apologizing and telling me that the book was written, actually,  by Lois Duncan.

Lois Duncan is a friend of mine and from time to time we have received fan mail meant for the other. (Sometimes I receive mail meant for Lois Lenski, as well)  But I didn't know that LD had written a book about dogs.

I did write a book about a dog, once, (Stay! Keeper's Story) and it remains one of my favorite of my books. But it never really found an audience, and I think I know why.  The language of the book is quite sophisticated----Dickensian, actually---so it is not easy reading (though I am told it is a very successful read-aloud).  And it is illustrated with quite wonderful drawings by True Kelly.  But the illustrations make it appear to be a book for, oh, say ages 6-8. And it isn't.  So there is a discrepancy that I think hurt the book overall, which is too bad.

From STAY

I think that shows a bit what I mean.

Anyway, I hope the movie made from Lois Duncan's book is a big success. She once was so upset when one of  her books---I think it was "I Know What You Did Last Summer" ----was made into a gruesome slasher film that she publicly advised people not to go to it.

I think the "Hotel for Dogs" movie will be very different!

Once I was invited to join a club called the Lois Club, a national organization with, they said, 6000 members at that time.  Loises, all of them.  I couldn't figure out what the purpose of such a club would be, and declined to become a member.   I doubt if Lois Duncan joined, either.


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ojimenez Monday, 29 November 1999

The same storm cloud in this photograph may be extending its reach all the way to my window!
In any case, I'm reading "Planet Google" and came across the chapter on Google's 'book digitizing project." Out of curiosity I went into Google's book search and found most of your published books There. Wow! So does an author get any royalties? I wondered. The process of publishing, as you describe here, involves so much labor, of muscle and love, how does an author feel about seeing her work being given away so....freely?
In some respects the bibliophile in me is saddened, no more musty smells of used book stores, or joy of finding a first edition amongst the remainders, but the reader in me is excited, the world's knowledge at my fingertips (digits)...
These are ominous storm clouds covering our skies.

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Barbara Monday, 29 November 1999

I am new to your blog and website, it is wonderful. I thought about your description of, and participation in, your "community communication" project. If you are interested, the Bryn Mawr Film Institute, located in Bryn Mawr, PA has like minded goals and does a wonderful job of keeping the Transformers at bay.
Best of Luck!

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Tyler Burgos Monday, 29 November 1999

Ms. Lowry we are reviewing your website as part of our school assignment. You have a nice selection of books; and your website's blog has many interesting facts about you. Thank you for sharing!

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Franklyn Webster Monday, 29 November 1999

I enjoyed looking through your website and blog. I found out some interesting facts about your life. Also I will enjoy reading and responding to many more thing.

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Eunice Lim Monday, 29 November 1999

Hello ! I just wanted to say that you are my favorite author. I enjoyed learning more about your life and looking at the wonderful pictures you posted. I'm looking forward to reading more about you.

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