Lois Lowry (1937) wrote her first novel drawing upon her own experience of losing a sister at a young age. A Summer to Die was published in 1977. Lowry is the author of several series, including The Giver Quartet, Anastasia series, Sam series, Tates series, and the  Gooney Bird series. Lowry is also the author of Number the Stars, made into a movie in 2014.

I am currently a para-educator, using the Fountas & Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention. My 5th graders just finished reading Lowry’s book Switcharound, published in 1985. We had some interesting discussions about some of the dated references like “Leave It To Beaver” and land-line phones.



“I like this book because of all the drama and the revenge. I wanted to know about J.P.’s revenge but it was in his little book to ruin the baseball game.”                                                            Ji’Naria (5th grade)

“What I like about the book is the end and I think that kids should read this book because it’s a good book. So what I learned that you should sometimes switch around. But the title gives too much away! Caroline should be a coach for the Tate Chips and J.P. should work with his dad. And the mom of the twins shouldn’t work and be more at home. I give it 5 stars! If they didn’t care about revenge or have something to learn from, this is a good thing, then the reader would just read and read [without having a purpose] but this is a good book.”                                                                               Shayla (5th grade)

“I recommend this book because there is a big switch! And the book is funny!”
Bilal (5th grade)

“Switcharound is a good book because all of the drama and action. Like where the Tater Chips got in a ginormous fight. This is a good book that I recommend.”                          Elijah (5th grade)