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I am off this morning to New Haven to speak to Yale students this evening. But before I leave I wanted to say thank you to all of those who have emailed me in support of The Giver and in outrage about the latest attempt to ban it. It means a great deal to me to hear those kind words.

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Jennifer Elliott Monday, 29 November 1999

I had to go back to The Messenger to find that verse.... It really did fit right in there. I think at the time I must have thought that you wrote those verses.
My students read The Giver first semester before Christmas break and Gathering Blue second semester before summer break, and some students always rush through Gathering Blue to read The Messenger. There is always a waiting list during the summer at their small local library for The Messenger, and our school librarian must even be considering ordering more because the two copies are in high demand this time of year.
You know the students are reading something by a great author when a series makes them visit the libary in the SUMMER! :)
Thanks, again, for giving us something interesting and intriguing to read before break time. It keeps us all (including the teacher) sane! :)

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adi Monday, 29 November 1999

I did the same the other day in Baltimore - walking past a "host of golden daffodils," I thought of the poem. Everyday scenes often make me think of books or poems, but this one is always special because it's not only a link with Wordsworth, but also with Anastasia. When I first met Anastasia, I, too, was a ten-year old girl (with glasses), living in Cambridge, with a parent who taught at Harvard, and a dad who loved Wordsworth. Thanks for your books and your blog!

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Anne Monday, 29 November 1999

This Wordsworth poem is now a special voice for me, as the first words were some of my mother's last. As I sat with her in her final days, I heard her, almost in a whisper saying "I wandered lonely as a cloud." Though I now think I remember meeting that poem in school, I had no immediate recognition of those words, so I quickly went to Google for a phrase search. When I discovered their residence in the poem, I understood so much. Her utterance was a reflection of the joy that her own grand clusters of daffodils had provided for so many years, and of her pleasure in annually gifting daffodil bulbs to each of her children.
The poem was shared at her memorial service, and we kept a framed copy with photos of her daffodils for my dad.

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lois lowry admirer Monday, 29 November 1999

extremely profound!

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Karin T Monday, 29 November 1999

You also used "Dover Beach" in one of the Anastasia books, and I've liked it ever since. Even though I think someone dorky was reciting it.
I grew up in NJ and was always fascinated by Anastasia's world - and then I moved to Somerville after college. I just moved to the "suburbs" (Arlington, anyway) and had to re-read Anastasia Again so I could see what I was getting into. Luckily, I don't yet have any plastic fruit.

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Jacquie Monday, 29 November 1999

I loved your book 'The Giver' it was very straightforward in the sense that it was complex in the events, but written in modern English.
Anyway, our heart beats but many too short a beats, and i must return to my homework. :)
Jacquie

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