Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

May 5th, 2017 by

number-the-starsSubmitted by Tori, Age 11 from New York

Rating: ★★★★☆

This book is about this book is about two girls named Ellen and Annemarie and how one trying to help because one of them is a Jew. It not one of my favorite but I enjoy it.

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

May 5th, 2017 by

number-the-starsSubmitted by Emma, Age 12 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

Have you ever tried to save someone else for your own good? Well Annemarie did that for her friend, Ellen. The Nazis were moving in to Copenhagen , which is where they both lived, and were looking for the Jews to take them to the camps. Ellen is a Jew and so isn’t her family. So Ellen’s parents go into hiding and Ellen goes to live with Annemarie. But Ellen is not safe there anymore and they have to go on a dangerous mission. Will Annemarie and Ellen make it , in this dangerous mission.

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

May 5th, 2017 by

number-the-starsSubmitted by Adam, Age 11 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

This book was amazing I think everyone in 5 grade and up should read this book about the Holocaust and why it was such a big deal.

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

December 21st, 2015 by

number-the-starsSubmitted by Michelle, Age 10 from Connecticut

Rating: ★★★★★

Number The Stars was an amazing book because it was very interesting. Also, Number The Stars is a realistic fiction book . The book was very interesting! Some parts could be enjoyable, and some parts could be sad and scary! Another reason why I chose this book is that it has a lot of detail in it and I can always predict what will happen next. Sometimes when I predict, I don’t get it right, but sometimes I do! If I would or wanted to, I would read it again! Number The Stars is not just a good book, it is a FANTASTIC book! I would recommend this to someone because I think they will like (love) Number The Stars and enjoy it!

The Giver by Lois Lowry

November 4th, 2014 by

The Giver Lois LowrySubmitted by Annah, Age 10 from New York

Rating: ★★★★½

Imagine if your whole life was already planed out for you.what your job is you fill out a form just to get marred follow a young boy throught this struggles and achievements.its very exciting and has shocking tid bits

Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry

January 20th, 2013 by

lion-witch-wardrobegathering-blueSubmitted by Natalie, Age 12 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

This book is the second book to The Giver series. A girl named Kira is a fabulous weaver. She was taught to weave but she better than her mother(her teacher). When her mother suddenly dies, woman from her area want to claim her property so they can have a pen for their tykes. Kira was born with a twisted leg and has little respect. She is strong willed and she is alot like myself!!

Authors Dish on The Chronicles of Harris Burdick

November 3rd, 2011 by

Have you ever heard of a man named Harris Burdick? I hadn’t, until I learned about The Mysteries of Harris Burdick — a picture book by Chris Van Allsburg. But the illustrations inside aren’t by Chris Van Allsburg, they’re from Harris Burdick… or so Chris Van Allsburg claims! Even stranger: each illustration has just a title and caption — so the reader can make up their own story to go along with it.

And in the newly released The Chronicles of Harris Burdick, 14 award-winning authors did exactly that. Just like school homework, the authors were assigned (or politely fought over) an illustration from The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, and then each author wrote a short story to accompany the picture.

Makes me wonder what kind of grades my 7th-grade Language Arts teacher would have given the likes of Jon Scieszka (author of the Time Warp Trio series) or Lois Lowry (Newbery Medal-winning author of The Giver — no big deal or anything)! Would she have given a gold star to Walter Dean Myers or extra credit to Jules Feiffer, or would she have marked up their papers with red pen?

Jon Scieszka, Chris Van Allsburg, Lois Lowry, and Linda Sue Park

Last week, Karen and I attended an event at a local Barnes & Noble, where authors Jon Scieszka, Lois Lowry, Chris Van Allsburg and Linda Sue Park graced us with their presence and talked about the new book!

For those who missed it, the authors are Sherman Alexie, M. T. Anderson, Kate DiCamillo, Cory Doctorow, Jules Feiffer, Stephen King, Tabitha King, Lois Lowry, Gregory Maguire, Walter Dean Myers, Linda Sue Park, Louis Sachar, Jon Scieszka, and Chris Van Allsburg… PLUS an introduction by Lemony Snicket.

I discovered a few things from being approximately 7 feet from the some of the coolest authors, ever:

1. It is impossible NOT to be in awe of them.

2. In a classroom: Jon Scieszka would be the class clown, Lois Lowry would be the sarcastic brainy one, Linda Sue Park would be the thoughtful poetry writer, and Chris Van Allsburg would be the science nerd. Who just happens to be really, REALLY good at drawing.

3. Linda Sue Park has an intense fear of worms, just like me!

As authors were selected to write for The Chronicles of Harris Burdick, the most coveted illustration was “the one with the nun” — which Lois Lowry got!

Jon Scieszka’s first choice was also “the one with the nun,” but in the end, he wrote a story for “Under the Rug” — and he had some interesting things to say about it:

Wish you were there? Check out more videos from the event on the Kidsmomo YouTube channel! Meanwhile, pick up a copy of the book and let us know which illustration most fascinates YOU!

— Nancy

Nancy knows that if it turned out to be a giant worm under that rug, she would totally jump onto that chair and by sheer will and fright, float away to meet up with that nun.

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Btw, Nancy works at Barnes & Noble, but her job has nothing to do with events like these — or with this book in particular. Unfortunately.

More Movie News: The Giver and War Horse

July 3rd, 2011 by

Back before we started Kidsmomo, Nancy and I often spent our Friday nights doing activities such as trying new NYC restaurants with friends and attending dinner parties. Now, we spend our Friday nights seeing movies where we are inevitably the oldest people in the audience without children of our own.


Exhibit A: Our Mr. Popper’s Penguins movie review from last week.

Exhibit B: Our Judy Moody movie review from the week before.

And it looks like we’ve got some more kidlit movie nights on the horizon, given two recent announcements:

No release date yet, but a movie version of Lois Lowry’s The Giver has been announced. It’s being produced by actor Jeff Bridges, who will also play the Giver himself. Apparently, he first discovered the book when his daughter was reading it in high school, and he thought his father (also an actor) would be perfect for the Giver role. But now, years after he first tried to get the movie off the ground, he’s decided to take on the part himself. And you know what? I think he’ll do a good job! Check out the resemblance, at least:

Jeff Bridges photo from

While we wait for The Giver to hit theaters, we can catch the film adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse, which comes out on December 28. Not familiar with the story? Well, I could tell you a little about it, but why don’t you just watch the newly-released trailer:

I have to admit, I’m not a huge fan of horse movies. But this one is directed by the legendary Steven Spielberg. And did you see that moment where all the soldiers emerge from the field and climb onto their horses? That looked AMAZING!

Well, what do you guys think? Are you excited for either of these movies? Leave a comment and let me know!

— Karen

Speaking of kidlit movies, Karen is thinking of dressing as a Hufflepuff when she goes to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2. Do you think a robe is too hot for summer?

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Kidsmomo Podcast #26: “Lock and Load”

June 1st, 2010 by

From the Civil War to WWII to the Cold War — in honor of Memorial Day, we’re focusing on war stories in our latest podcast. So tune in for a glimpse into some lives that have been affected by war, including a decorated general, a girl who just wants to make it through the Cuban Missile Crisis, and even a pigeon (yes, a pigeon!).

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  • Hidden in plain sight — aka our mystery book revealed
  • America against itself, and under fire — aka our war story picks (Bull Run and Countdown)
  • A related kid rec (Douglas Macarthur: An American Hero)
  • We honor the homing pigeons of the world

If you’ve read any of these, send in your book review. Or send in a review of your favorite series (or your favorite book in a series).

— Karen and Nancy

UPDATE 6/15/10: We revealed the answer to our Summer Series Mystery Book Theater in the “Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer” Podcast, so take a listen if you want to know the answer. Or just tune in if you want to hear Nancy get more excited about robot monkey servants than any adult really should.

Book Trailer: Number the Stars

May 25th, 2010 by

This book trailer for Number the Stars was originally the Mystery Book Theater video for our War Stories theme. For more on Number the Stars, check out our “Lock and Load” podcast.

You’re probably familiar with the story of Anne Frank, who lived in a secret attic for years to escape the Nazis. But did you know lots of Jewish children hid in plain sight during WWII, pretending to be parts of other families? In Lois Lowry’s Number the Stars, the police investigate a family in Denmark when one “daughter” doesn’t look like the others. Watch our video to see what happens.