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I have been in Montana for this past week, with children and grandchildren...and laptop...thinking I would get some work done (WRONG) while they were all off riding, etc...but instead it is all I can do to answer my email each morning.

One email yesterday alerted me to the fact that THE WILLOUGHBYS will be #5 on the New York Times best-seller list on 7/27 (they calculate these things well in advance). Hence the doctored photo I'm attaching here, ho ho.

This is such a fabulous part of the country. My German family--Margret, Juergen, and Nadine (my only granddaughter, age 14)--- had never been in the Northwest before, and they are astounded at the natural beauty as well as the wildlife.  

Oddly, yesterday my son Ben was out riding in the mountains with a wrangler/guide, who got a walkie-talkie call alerting him (her?) to the fact that a movie was being filmed in the area and there was a fake Bigfoot roaming around as part of it. Sure enough, they rounded a bend, and there was Bigfoot running across a meadow.. They had to beat it out of there because of the danger of the horses being spooked by such a startling phenomenon. 

Today Ben, Margret, Nadine, and Juergen are all on an all-day ride down in Yellowstone. So I am tending the two little boys who are tired of riding at this point...if they had their way, we would be white-water rafting again. We did that day before yesterday. But Ol' Grandma is not up for a re-run of the white-knuckle experience. One of the people in our raft (there were seven of us), fell out while shooting some rapids and though I was sorry for him (he was quickly rescued) I was glad it was a Kansas City orthodontist and not one of the two little boys from Maine for whom I was responsible.

We are staying at a guest ranch and one of the guests....an orthopedic surgeon from Antwerp, Belgium who is vacationing here with his wife and daughter....says he remembers my Anastasia books...in their Flemish translation... being popular when he was a boy...  All his female contemporaries were reading them. Him? "I just read about pirates," he said.

Here's son Ben and his two boys on a canoe trip:

Canoe trip#5
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Ellen B. Monday, 29 November 1999

At one time, there were so many Ellens working in Blue Hill, Maine, that we considered forming an All-Ellens Marching Kazoo Band for the Blue Hill Bicentennial parade. Nothing came of the idea. Perhaps the Lois organization should consider such a project--a 6,000-member kazoo band would be thrilling.

Lois Lowry Monday, 29 November 1999

That's true, but the problem is that, unlike Ellens, the Loises of the world all tend to be 70 and over. They would slow the pace of any parade.

Blake Stacey Monday, 29 November 1999

I bought a copy of Stay! Keeper's Story after you mentioned it at Vericon, and I enjoyed it greatly. I was the one who asked, during the children's literature panel, whether the authors present had ever had an editor object to a scene as "too much for children" or the like, and you'd said, as I recall, that your (male) editor had not at all enjoyed the idea of Keeper getting, ahem, "fixed".
I could easily imagine it working well as a read-aloud -- particularly if the person reading aloud can do all the voices.

dana Monday, 29 November 1999

Hello! I started reading your blog pretty recently (I was talking about The Giver with a friend and thought I'd look to see if you had a blog, and there it was!), and I just wanted to say I remember loving Stay! Keeper's Story when I was in about fifth grade. I was terrified of dogs as a little girl, and somehow that book made a good first step on the road to recovery.

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