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Liz, now grown, remembers a time in her childhood when her father was away in the army, her mother and sister busy, her grandparents remote. She turned for friendship to Tatie, a black cook, and Tatie's son Charles, a friendship that led to tragedy. PW said this story "surpasses Lowry's finest in sensitivity and impact. All the characters are wonderfully humanized and memorable."
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"Lowry hones her writing to a high polish through which vivid settings and textured characters gleam in high relief."--Booklist, starred review.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 870L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Yearling; Reprint edition (April 1, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440403448
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440403449
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #664,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
As everyone else here says, this is a very tragic story. While the book is beautifully written, and the characters very well-drawn, the ending is upsetting and could disturb younger readers. I read it when I was too young for it - I ended up with terrible nightmares and even now I would not read it again. The ending really is a hideously violent surprise. I recommend parents read this book before giving it to their children. Due to the subject matter this book really is best suited to older children/teens, but due to Lowry being so popular with younger children (for Sam, Anastasia etc) there is a high likelihood that some children will read 'Autumn Street' before they are emotionally ready.
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Format: Hardcover
I also read this book when I was young prob not more than about 7-I am 21 now. But unlike the above reader, I did not dislike the book. Yes it was sad, even to this day I have reread the book many times and it is very sad, and may be hard for young children to handle, but it also taught me so much. It showed me that even though there are bad things that happen you can survive and go on, Elizabeth persevered and survived her ordeal. It also showed me how important family and friends are and that you have to respect them. This contiues to be one of my favorite books and Lois Lowry one of my favorite authors.
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Format: Paperback
I thought that this book was amazing. At first. It’s by an author that I mostly enjoy, Lois Lowry. The book is called Autumn Street. It’s for anyone who likes realistic fiction, for that is the book genre. Lois Lowry has also written Number the Stars, which is a Newbery medal book. Autumn Street, also a good book deserves a Newbery medal. Other than the end, it is a magnificent book.
Autumn Street is an extraordinary book with a lot of heart and meaning to it. So, with that being said, the summary. The year was 1940. Everybody was afraid that the Germans were going to bomb the east coast, and with Lizzy’s father being out in war, Lizzy and her family move in with the grandparents, who are very well off. Because her father is out in war and her older sister, Jessica, won’t play with her, Liz is lonely (with the exception of Tatie.) Tatie is the maid, but in all household departments. Tatie has one grandson, Charles, who always hides away in the pantry. One day, Lizzy is so lonely that she gets curious of Charles. She asks him to play with her, and he takes her offer. She plays and wanders with him. They see their neighbors, go on spy missions, and just have a great time. Soon, a special relationship has formed. They go through some tragedies together, so now they’re the best of friends. But then comes an unexpected day in the snow. The biggest tragedy of all happens, and they aren’t together for it. If you want to find out what happens, don’t ask me. READ THE BOOK!!!!!!!!!!
The most important thing that I learned from this book was that friendship is special, and if you ever lose it, you’ll remember it for the rest of your life, just like you’ll remember this book for the rest of your life. I’m part of Mr. Steiner’s fifth grade class, and before reading this book, Mr.
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By A Customer on September 23, 1999
Format: Paperback
From the opening description of the painting of Autumn Street that Elizabeth plans to the final, haunting image, Lowry creates a world that feels completely authentic. Elizabeth's rivalry with and love for her sister, her difficult relationship with her distant grandmother, her admiration of her grandfather and her overwhelming love for her best friend, Charles, all ring true. This book manages to include class issues, racism and war inside a story of a small Pennsylvania town. I read this for the first time at age seven and still cry for Elizabeth. I can't say enough good things about it.
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By A Customer on October 23, 1999
Format: Hardcover
There were so many details in this book that I thought I was there.Lowry has such a great way of writing. I have also read Number the Stars and thought it was just as heart warming. I hope one day I will read all of her books. So far this is my favorite and I truly give this book 5 stars.
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This story, like most of Lowry's novels, is an easy, quick read. It only took me a couple hours to read through it. The story line was interesting and the characters were believable, but the entire book is so depressing that I didn't walk away with that "feel good" stuff that I like to get from a good book. The ending is the most depressing part and, dare I say???....a cheap cop-out. Sorry Lowry. I'm a fan, but not of this ending.
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Format: Hardcover
I loved it. It was really touching. But I really don't reccomend it to anyone under age 8 or 9, depending on the reader. I thought it was great and I think it would help kids (I, by the way, am 11) cope with the death of a friend. It was such a GREAT BOOK!!!
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By A Customer on June 20, 2000
Format: Paperback
During the war six-year-old Elizabeth goes with her mother and her sister Jessica to live with their grandfather. Elizabeth, meets, Tatie's, the cook's, grandson, Charles and they become best friends. Charles goes back to his family and comes back the next Christmas. During this visit something happens that Elizabeth will never forget. This is a story about bravery and couragegeousness, but mostly about friendship. Lowry really makes the charactors really come to life. Elizabeth and Charles are just like real six-year-olds. This is really a very touching story.
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