Lois Lowry - The Windeby Puzzle

We don't like to throw around the terms "living legend" or "literary titan" or "the master of writing books that speak directly to our hearts", but when it comes to THE LOIS LOWRY we can certainly make an exception!!! Lucky for us, Lois is coming to hang out with little ole us, along with one of our favorite local authors Laurel Snyder, to tell us all about her newest book: The Windeby Puzzle!! This beautiful book gives us two fictionalized stories about a real life bog body found in Northern Germany. Wearing a blindfold with one side of their head shaved, the short life of this well-preserved body has been the focus of scientists and anthropologists for decades, and while the truth may always be a mystery, Lois's stories create a life of love and ambition and creativity for this centuries old child. See below for more details on what's sure to be an unforgettable night:


Admission: $0 That's right, this event is free to attend! However, you still need to "purchase" a ticket for every person in your group! Please register to attend here

You must purchase a book in order to enter the signing line! Pre-Order a copy of The Windeby Puzzle below


Decatur Library Auditorium

The easiest way to get to the auditorium is through the double doors on the lower level of the parking deck connected to the building.

About the book:

Estrild is not like the other girls in her village; she wants to be a warrior. Varick, the orphan boy who helps her train in spite of his twisted back, also stands apart. In a world where differences are poorly tolerated, just how much danger are they in?

Inspired by the true discovery of the 2,000-year-old Windeby bog body in Northern Germany, Newbery Medalist and master storyteller Lois Lowry transports readers to an Iron age world as she breathes life back into the Windeby child, left in the bog to drown with a woolen blindfold over its eyes.

This suspenseful exploration of lives that might have been by a gifted, intellectually curious author is utterly one of a kind. Includes several arresting photos of archeological finds, including of the Windeby child.

About the author:

Lois Lowry is the author of more than forty books for children and young adults, including the New York Times bestselling Giver Quartet and popular Anastasia Krupnik series. She has received countless honors, among them the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award, the California Young Reader’s Medal, and the Mark Twain Award. She received Newbery Medals for two of her novels, Number the Stars and The Giver.

Laurel Snyder is the author of many children's books, including Swan, Hungry Jim, and Charlie & Mouse, which won the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Laurel teaches creative writing at Hamline University and lives with her family in Atlanta, GA.

Event date: 
Wednesday, February 15, 2023 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
DeKalb County Public Library, Decatur Branch
215 Sycamore Street
Decatur, GA 30030
The Windeby Puzzle: History and Story By Lois Lowry Cover Image
ISBN: 9780358672500
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Clarion Books - February 14th, 2023

Newbery Medalist and New York Times bestselling author Lois Lowry transports readers to an Iron Age world through the suspenseful dual narrative of a boy and girl both battling to survive. In an utterly one-of-a-kind blend of fiction and history, a master storyteller explores the mystery and life of the 2,000-year-old Windeby bog body.