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on Tuesday, 07 August 2007 in Uncategorized

Someone has sent me this little news story - and photo - from Castle Rock, Colorado:


Soaring Hawk Elementary kicked off the new year with a school-wide reading of Gooney Bird Greene by Lois Lowry. Gooney Bird has the gift of storytelling and she mesmerizes her classmates from the moment she walks into class from China wearing pajamas and cowboy boots. Her elaborate tales, although they are absolutely true stories open up a new world to her second grade peers. Suddenly, everyone has a colorful tale to spin.

Students are now having book discussions on the playground and at the dinner table with their siblings and parents. They are focused on their writing assignments and trying to include words and phrases that will capture and keep the readers interest. Diamond earrings, a consumed cat, and a flying carpet certainly kept the Soaring Hawk kids entertained.

The last day of school for C-Track, Danna Finks 4th grade class all dressed as Gooney Bird Greene. Polka dot leggings with flip flops, fancy scarves and head bands, one big dangly earring and lots of boots made for an awesome track off day.It also epitomized the spirit of Soaring Hawk as a learning community.

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First of all, what on earth are kids doing back in school on August 8th? I'm amazed. On the other hand, it does sound like FUN being at Soaring Rock School, and if I were a kid, and especialy in Danna Finks' fourth grade, I'd probably be happy to head there in August.

(Oh dear, that makes me remember my own fourth grade teacher, Miss Louise Heckman, who was not at all fun. I have very unhappy memories of both third and fourth grades—and sixth as well, come to think of it; not unhappy, sixth, but completely dull—but fifth was terrific. I remember saying to my mother—I was nine years old—"If ever some morning I don't want to go to school, would you remind me that I have Mrs. O'Hara this year?")

But even more, isn't it amazing that I even get to know about Soaring Hawk? Compliments of the internet, which makes the world so very small and intimate.

It is raining like crazy today in southwest Maine: nice for the gardens; nice for me, under a tin roof here in my studio.

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JennJenn Monday, 29 November 1999

I got an account here just to comment on this. I am SO terribly excited that they are going to be making The Giver into a movie. I read it first when I was about 12-13 and now I'm 21 and I still have the original I first got back then. It's a bit tattered with several re-reads, but I'm don't care. Definitely one of my more favorite books. Don't know if you will actually read this Ms Lowry, but I absolutely love your writing style and I am so happy that someone is going to make this book into a movie. I just hope they do it justice. :)
-Jenn

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Lois Lowry Monday, 29 November 1999

Yes, indeed, I do actually read comments. I don't publish those from kid, incidentally, because someone once kindly pointed out to me that strangers can reach the commenter by email, and I don't want to make kids accessible to strangers.
But I do read them all, and I'm glad to hear you're glad about the movie, and young enough to wait for it!

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ChickenChild Monday, 29 November 1999

Wow David Yates? he is cool! i love harry potter. The Giver is one of my favorite books of all time! it would make a great movie :)

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nichelle Monday, 29 November 1999

I first read The Giver in the fifth grade and I adored it - my teachers doubted that I even understood it! I've read it probably a million times in the past five years and recently wrote a paper about it. It's one of my all time favorite books. I'm beyond happy that there's going to be a film. I actually heard about it through a Harry Potter fansite talking about David Yates directing. Though I've been waiting ages for them to decide on a director, I've been waiting longer to SEE The Giver. I can't wait!!
I wish you the best of luck on the movie and anything else you write!

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Ash Monday, 29 November 1999

I stole your book.
Back in 5th grade I happened to pick up "The Giver" off the shelves of my school's library and read it several times over. It was nearing the end of the year by then and my mother was packing for our move to another house. We were changing schools too and she happened to pick up "The Giver" from where it lay on top of my bookshelf and pack it away with the rest of my books. By the time we moved and unpacked,fidning the misplaced book in the process, we were hours away from my old school. I still plan on returning the book at some point, should I happen to travel back to my old town, complete with a brand new copy and copies of "Gathering Blue" and "The Messenger" to make up for having stolen the book in the first place.
Anyways, I had no idea you had a blog until(in the course of reporting that David Heyman would be sticking around for the 7th Harry Potter movie) my go-to Harry Potter news site mentioned that he would not be able to work on "The Giver" right away if that was the case. And, of course, I was completely estatic that someone had finally decided to make it into a movie. I just reread all three books and can't wait to see it.
I love your writing and will one day return my copy of "The Giver" back to its proper place--hopefully before *my* celebration-of-life service. ^_^

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Mary Monday, 29 November 1999

Well, the news about David Yates is a big deal for the JK Rowling fans, though I'm sorry it's bad news for Team Lowry.
Which I have just joined this week, after my neighbor, an English teacher, lent me "The Giver." What a great book, and what serendipity to find this blog via The Leaky Cauldron.
Ms Lowry, get your producers to put Alfonso Cuaron on board! He's directed the best Potter movie ("Prisoner of Azkaban"), and some of my other favorites, including "Children of Men" and "A Little Princess."
I'm a 42-year-old mother of two girls. I look forward to introducing your books to them. Glad to have gotten a head start -- thank you.

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worldcupman Monday, 29 November 1999

I'm both a huge harry potter fan and a Giver fan, and I think its AWESOME that The Giver is being made into a movie. I would love to see Asher,Jonas,and The Giver!!!! Hope you have a good time in Maine..and don't get to distracted!!!
----worldcupman----

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Jennifer Elliott Monday, 29 November 1999

Oh no! My students were so excited about The Giver movie coming out around 2009 or 2010. They had plans of convincing their high school teachers to take them to the theaters. I'll have to break the news to them gently tomorrow. Well... maybe I'll wait until next week when it's not a full moon. :) Though I am disappointed, I guess I can look at it this way: I can now teach The Giver for several more years without worrying about my students just watching the movie. I will miss teaching it for the couple years after the movie comes out, but perhaps I can replace it with another book of yours by then!

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Kelci Monday, 29 November 1999

I am also happy to find out about The Giver movie. I read it a few years ago in school. We were supposed to stay where the class was but I got so into the book I was done way before anyone else. I have bought the book now and am going to reread it. Yesterday I told my older sister that she should read it. Now hopefully she does. I love the book. I will be waiting to see it in theaters.

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Charles Monday, 29 November 1999

Since reading The Giver many times in elementary school and again in middle school, I have been wondering about the prospect of it being made into a film.
Sorry to hear about this new delay.
Having spent my life avoiding sub-freezing temperatures, I can't say I've ever experienced a storm like you've described. Sounds pretty nasty, but you sound like a survivor.
--Charles

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Julie Monday, 29 November 1999

This is fantastic ! The Giver was the first book I ever read and reread and rereread when I was about 10 or 11. It made me travel, I simply will never forget that book. A year ago, I came accross it in a library and just couldn't resist buying it again to reread it. I am now 23 and the book still makes me dream. I hope it goes well with David Yates (I'm also a huge fan of Harry Potter so both films are important to me !). I will certainely be in my theater when the Giver will be ready. Thanks a lot Ms Lowry !
(PS: excuse possible mistakes, I'm french)

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HenriqueM Monday, 29 November 1999

I don't like to wait...
But, what can I do?
I have to wait.
Sorry, my english is not good.
Bye bye.

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Jake Platt Monday, 29 November 1999

Ms. Lowery,
I know you must receive plenty of letters in your lifetime, but I wrote you a number of years ago telling you how much I adored The Giver. I wanted to tell you that it is by and far one of my favorite novels and I think it will be a spectacular film no matter what. Thank you for writing such a wonderful novel!! :) Jake

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Michelle Monday, 29 November 1999

I am a great fan of your books. I really like the style of it. It is a great pleasure to read your books over and over again. It gives me a different feeling each time.

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Evan Monday, 29 November 1999

Ms. Lowry,
I am thrilled to hear that The Giver is being made into a movie. It should be brilliant. After reading the first comment, this is going to sound repetitive, but I first read this story in the sixth grade when I was 12 years old. I am now 19 and I've probably read it ten times since then. It is the most-read book in my collection, I'm proud to say. The Giver is a story that I always go back to when I'm looking for something to read. I hope the movie does it justice and that you enjoy it as much as I, and countless other fans, will.
Best of luck,
Evan

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Eva Monday, 29 November 1999

Hello Ms. Lowry,
I stumbled upon your blog through a link on mugglenet.com. I had no idea that there is to be a Giver movie, and I am super excited. I think I first read The Giver when I was around eight or nine, and it remains one of my favourite books to this day (I'm nineteen). I really hope whoever ends up directing it stays true to your vision, and that you are pleased with the end product. I can't wait to see the movie (although I think I'll have to)! Best wishes, Eva.

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Tainã Monday, 29 November 1999

Hello Ms. Lowry,
I stumbled upon your blog through a link on mugglenet.com. I live fron Brazil and love Harry potter
e adorari ver ele novamente. dirigindo o filme XD e pede pra ele me me arranjar um papel no filme kkkkkkkk
Sorry, my english is not good! =/
thanks Tainã

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Juan Monday, 29 November 1999

I also found your blog from Mugglenet. I am a great fan of your books, especially The Giver. I've been stalking the IMDB page for information on the film, and thought it was never going to happen! I am glad to hear that you still want the film to be made. =o)

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Stacey Clark Monday, 29 November 1999

Hello Ms. Lowry,
I am so excited to hear that The Giver is being made into a movie (although I'm sorry to hear of the possible delay). It is one of my favorite books (along with Number the Stars). I am excited to now share these books with my children.
My mother is the head children's librarian in one of the Maine school systems. A few years ago, she was lucky enough to meet you. You were kind enough to sign and personalize a copy of The Giver for my daughter, Helena. I just want to thank you and let you know how much we treasure this signed copy.
Many thanks,
Stacey Clark

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Jake Platt Monday, 29 November 1999

My apologies for having misspelled your name. :)
Ms. Lowry,
I know you must receive plenty of letters in your lifetime, but I wrote you a number of years ago telling you how much I adored The Giver. I wanted to tell you that it is by and far one of my favorite novels and I think it will be a spectacular film no matter what. Thank you for writing such a wonderful novel!! :) Jake

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