Posted on 04/13/2020 at 10:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Author Lois Lowry is no stranger to more somber topics, with such books as The Giver and Number the Stars addressing war, poverty, and pain.

Her newest book, On the Horizon, calls back to those themes despite being prompted by videos of herself as a child.

In one film, taken in 1939 or 1940 along the beach in Hawaii, a ship can be seen in the background: the USS Arizona, which was sunk in the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Lowry was struck by how the innocence of childhood could be set against such a foreboding figure and how it illustrated the way in which everyone and everything is connected.

As she researched and wrote On the Horizon, her first work to be done in verse, she found even more cause to marvel at how we're linked; you can hear those thoughts in her interview with NPR, either via an article or the audio below.

Categories: Author Interview

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