Boston Prep teachers are always looking for ways to extend students’ learning beyond the walls of the school. Recently, after reading The Giver, 7th grade students applied for the privilege of visiting an evening talk and book signing by author Lois Lowry, hosted by the West Roxbury branch of the Boston Public Library. Lowry gave an engaging and humorous presentation about her life experiences that led to writing her Newbury Award winning novel, The Giver. Students then had the opportunity to meet Lowry and receive a rare autographed copy of the book.
Reflecting on the trip, student Kaina Remy remarked, “It surprised me that she was so funny. I liked how she showed how her personal life influenced her writing. The Giver is my favorite book, so it was fascinating to learn how she created it.” Michaella Lubin noted, “This was truly a once in a lifetime opportunity!” According to seventh grade English Language Arts teacher Lucie Torrey, students walked away with a renewed passion for the book and a true appreciation for the ways in which life influences art, giving them new inspiration for their own writing.