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Gooney Bird Greene
by Lois Lowry
Illustrated by Middy Thomas

About the Book

From the moment Gooney Bird Greene arrives at Watertower Elementary School, her fellow second-graders are intrigued by her unique sense of style and her unusual lunches. So when story time arrives, the choice is unanimous: they want to hear about Gooney Bird Greene. And that suits her just fine, because, as it turns out, Gooney Bird has quite a few interesting and absolutely true stories to tell.

Through Gooney Bird and her tales, acclaimed author Lois Lowry introduces young readers to the concepts and elements of storytelling. By demonstrating some of the simple techniques that reveal the extraordinary in everyday events, this book will encourage the storyteller in everyone.

About Lois Lowry

Lois Lowry is the author of numerous highly acclaimed and enduring novels for young readers. She was awarded the Newbery Medal for both The Giver and Number the Stars. Ms. Lowry lives in Massachusetts.

Praise for Gooney Bird Greene

"Veteran author Lowry produces a laugh-out-loud chapter book." — Booklist

"Irrepressible Gooney Bird is that rare bird in children's fiction: one that instantly becomes an amusing and popular favorite." — Kirkus Reviews

"Two-time Newbery Medalist Lowry introduces a feisty, friendly heroine in this light novel . . . Youngsters will likely hope that Gooney Bird has enough tales stored in her fertile imagination to fill another volume." — Publishers Weekly

"Lowry's masterful writing style reaches directly into her audience, managing both to appeal to young listeners and to engage readers." — The Bulletin

"Writing for a younger audience than usual, Lowry displays a keen understanding of how second-grade classrooms operate . . . [Gooney Bird's] a fine storyteller and her message to classmates—that they too have stories to share—is a good one." — Horn Book

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