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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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Michael Monday, 29 November 1999

Ms. Lowry,
I love your books. My faveorite is "Number the Stars" Right now I am reading the "Giver" in English class. I'm going to inform my teacher that they are making a movie. Since I'm a fan of Harry Potter, I say David Yates is going to do great.
~Mike~

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Mary Anne Gilbert Monday, 29 November 1999

MS Lowry,
I am so happy to find your web site. I have been a fan of your books for a while. I so love the "Giver" and "Gathering Blue". My daughter introduced me to your books when she was 12, (she is now 26.) I hope David Yates can direct the movie. He has done Harry Potter justice and I know he would do a great job with the "Giver". Wait for him.

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Kyrie Monday, 29 November 1999

I teach The Giver to my 7th grade language arts classes. In fact, we're right in the middle of it as we speak. Of course, the media-savvy children that they are, I was asked if there was a video for it. I'll be happy to announce that there will be...someday.

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Ellen Booraem Monday, 29 November 1999

Ms. Lowry:
I live in Maine, too. (And write kids' books!) But I'm on the coast, where we've been getting rain rather than snow a lot of the time. We have a fresh five inches of lovely snow on top of ice at the moment, so the world is gorgeous but treacherous. (What else is new?)If you'll send us some of your snow, we'll send propane!
I am a huge fan of The Giver--sorry about the movie fracas. The power of the Web catches all of us by surprise at times...

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Leif Estrada Monday, 29 November 1999

Hello Ms. Lowry,
I just wanted to tell you that I started reading your book, The Giver, after hearing about the news of David Yates causing a postponment of the movie adaptation. I actually heard about it from Mugglecast, a Harry Potter podcast, and right after listening to that podcast and the good reviews they gave the book, I bought the book right away. I am currently in my first year at college and I have been looking for a good book to read to lessen the stress, especially now that mid terms are coming up.
And also, I learned through wikipedia that you were born in Hawaii...I just though that that was really cool, because I'm also from Hawaii; from Maui.
Anyway, thanks for such a good book! I love The Giver!!! I can't wait to read the rest of the trilogy!
More power and Mahalo!
a new fan of your book,
Leif

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Rose Manzo Monday, 29 November 1999

You are one of my favorite authors!I loved The Giver and the two that followed the most.I loved getting lost in that world you created and was sorry to go when I'd finished the books. I read a lot and authors that give me a world that I don"t want to leave are my favorites. This particular series is so artistic and creative and I loved the characters. The writing was fantastic and the story amazing. I can't ask for more from my many books. It's rare that I can't guess what's going to happen next in a book or movie so when I can't I'm deeply impressed. I hardly guessed anything in The Giver trilogy! I read them a few years ago and I'm 28 now but I'm not done reading them-I love to reread my favorites! I hope they get a good cast and director(David Yates would be great) because they already have a great story. I can't wait to see the movie! I also can't wait to read anything else you might write!

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Hannahh Monday, 29 November 1999

hey Mrs. Lowry,
i read that you read every comment so i thought i would ask you a couple of questions. first of all: when will david yates be filming the seventh harry potter film? also, i have heard rumors that the seventh movie will be split into two. is that true? i just wanted to say that i love all of your books, particularly the harry potter ones. The Giver is also very exciting and great. Please post answers. thanks.
-hannah

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Jrarrmy.com Monday, 29 November 1999

This is one of the only books I've ever liked.
I don't know why I can't get into books, none of them really seem to be good, no matter what recommendations I read.
But, I LOVE the Giver and it would be glorious to have a film interpretation of it. Please make sure it's done as epically effective as I imagined it, heh.

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Danna Town Monday, 29 November 1999

I actually do not want a movie version of this book. I love this novel and I teach it every year to eighth graders who receive it with open arms. To make a movie is to create a pre-packaged picture of the community and Jonas that I would rather they create for themselves. This novel is so vividly written that it doesn't need a visual representation. I also have a quick question: Before the sequels were written, did you intend for the reader to believe that Jonas and Gabriel die? That has always been my interpretation and I have a hard time swallowing that they survive. Just curious.
Danna Town

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Suzanne Kohl Monday, 29 November 1999

I absolutely loved The Giver. I read it as a adult and made my 3 children read it. Then two of them were meant to read it at school, so I was even more happy. I recently saw Eric Coble's stage production and I think he did a fine job capturing the emotion that flows throughout your novel. Thank you for this piece of art.

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zarabianie w internecie Monday, 29 November 1999

great blog, i found it in google and i will back here regulary

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gogulino Monday, 29 November 1999

I am so happy to find your web site. I have been a fan of your books for a while. I so love the "Giver" and "Gathering Blue". My daughter introduced me to your books when she was 12, (she is now 26.)

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mandie Monday, 29 November 1999

well...i was searching ur page for an email so i can beg you to get someone to make your book "the giver" into a move and i seen it was already in the process. (weight off my back) though i am not ok with waiting so long. get the director of harry potter 3 to do it, hes really good. i can not wait, i read the giver when i was like 10 and it is a book that has always stuck in my head, but i will ask that you tell the director to 'keep it to the book!' dnt add stuff or take stuff away this is too great a movie to mess up!! cant wait to see it!!!

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Marilee Monday, 29 November 1999

Ms. Lowry,
I have wanted to write to you for some time now. I am sorry they are postponing the making of 'the Giver.' I think it's worth telling you that I have wanted to see 'the Giver' on the big screen for some time. I had the idea to write a screenplay for it, but found out it was already being done before I started the process. I have had trouble for some time learning all the ropes of writing. I have the dream to become a good writer, but unfortunately, I don't know what I'm doing, or how to do it properly. Do you have any advice for someone in my position? I don't seek fame or money by it; I just want to write well. Perhaps, it's because of all the good literature out there that I have been inspired to write. Thank you for writing such inspiring books. They're wonderful!
-Marilee

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Shannon Seery Monday, 29 November 1999

Ms. Lowry,
My daughter read the Giver in her 8th grade class, '07-'08 school year. She absolutly loved it. After they finished the book, they had to do a book report. Unlike most kid's book reports, She wrote a song. With the help of the choir teacher, they put music to it and she performed it in front of the students and for the School board. It turned out great. I finally read the book and it put the song in to prospective. The first thing I thought of was, what a great song for the end of the movie, if ever one was made.
Shannon

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kyle Monday, 29 November 1999

hey i have a report on u can you give me some info favorite music tv shows movie and favorite book please i like the book numbering the stars.

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Kristin R. Monday, 29 November 1999

My 7th grade class LOVES reading The Giver. They were so excited to hear that a movie was in the works. Maybe we'll plan a "field trip" once it does come out. They'll be in high school by then, but I know you'll have plenty of movie-goers for opening night!

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Jonathan Park Monday, 29 November 1999

Please don't let them make it into a movie!!! That would ruin your loyal fans personal envisions of the characters and places and events!! It would commercialize the magnificence of the book and ruin its integrity!! Please please PLEASE DONT SELL OUT!!! KEEP IT A NOVEL!!!

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Emma Monday, 29 November 1999

Dear Ms. Lowry,
I have been looking for a very long time for a fan mail address to send you a letter, but this is okay I guess. I love reading and writing and want to be an author when I grow up. I am 12 years old. I love photography! My mom has a very high-tech camera that only often she lets me use... but she said she is taking me out to take pictures this weekend. The Giver is definetly my favorite book. I read it 2 years ago, and my 6th grade class read it and we all loved it, as well as our teacher. Everyone thought it was very weird when we first started reading it, but as we got further into the book they all loved it. I just finished reading your book "Looking back" for one of my summer reading books. It was very interesting. I have read many of your books and loved them all. I would be very excited if you decided to write back to this comment!!! I wish I could send you some mail, but I couldn't find a fan mail address. I'd be very happy to have your address so I could send you a letter. I am 12 years old and my name is Emma (Which I probably should have mentioned in the beginning)
Sincerely,
EMMA!

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