Find a Stranger, Say Goodbye

Find a Stranger Say Goodbye Natalie Armstrong has all a girl could want beauty and intelligence a loving family and a great boyfriend But something is missing the answer to a most important question Who is my mother To find tha

  • Title: Find a Stranger, Say Goodbye
  • Author: Lois Lowry
  • ISBN: 9780440205418
  • Page: 115
  • Format: Paperback
  • Natalie Armstrong has all a girl could want beauty and intelligence, a loving family and a great boyfriend But something is missing the answer to a most important question Who is my mother To find that answer seventeen year old Natalie begins a journey that she hopes will lead to the identity of her biological mother And what if Natalie finds her What will happen wNatalie Armstrong has all a girl could want beauty and intelligence, a loving family and a great boyfriend But something is missing the answer to a most important question Who is my mother To find that answer seventeen year old Natalie begins a journey that she hopes will lead to the identity of her biological mother And what if Natalie finds her What will happen when they meet face to face

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      Taken from Lowry s website I ve always felt that I was fortunate to have been born the middle child of three My older sister, Helen, was very much like our mother gentle, family oriented, eager to please Little brother Jon was the only boy and had interests that he shared with Dad together they were always working on electric trains and erector sets and later, when Jon was older, they always seemed to have their heads under the raised hood of a car That left me in between, and exactly where I wanted most to be on my own I was a solitary child who lived in the world of books and my own vivid imagination.Because my father was a career military officer an Army dentist I lived all over the world I was born in Hawaii, moved from there to New York, spent the years of World War II in my mother s hometown Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and from there went to Tokyo when I was eleven High school was back in New York City, but by the time I went to college Brown University in Rhode Island , my family was living in Washington, D.C.I married young I had just turned nineteen just finished my sopho year in college when I married a Naval officer and continued the odyssey that military life requires California Connecticut a daughter born there Florida a son South Carolina Finally Cambridge, Massachusetts, when my husband left the service and entered Harvard Law School another daughter another son and then to Maine by now with four children under the age of five in tow My children grew up in Maine So did I I returned to college at the University of Southern Maine, got my degree, went to graduate school, and finally began to write professionally, the thing I had dreamed of doing since those childhood years when I had endlessly scribbled stories and poems in notebooks.After my marriage ended in 1977, when I was forty, I settled into the life I have lived ever since Today I am back in Cambridge, Massachusetts, living and writing in a house dominated by a very shaggy Tibetan Terrier named Bandit For a change of scenery Martin and I spend time in Maine, where we have an old it was built in 1768 farmhouse on top of a hill In Maine I garden, feed birds, entertain friends, and readMy books have varied in content and style Yet it seems that all of them deal, essentially, with the same general theme the importance of human connections A Summer to Die, my first book, was a highly fictionalized retelling of the early death of my sister, and of the effect of such a loss on a family Number the Stars, set in a different culture and era, tells the same story that of the role that we humans play in the lives of our fellow beings.The Giver and Gathering Blue, and the newest in the trilogy Messenger take place against the background of very different cultures and times Though all three are broader in scope than my earlier books, they nonetheless speak to the same concern the vital need of people to be aware of their interdependence, not only with each other, but with the world and its environment.My older son was a fighter pilot in the United States Air Force His death in the cockpit of a warplane tore away a piece of my world But it left me, too, with a wish to honor him by joining the many others trying to find a way to end conflict on this very fragile earth.I am a grandmother now For my own grandchildren and for all those of their generation I try, through writing, to convey my passionate awareness that we live intertwined on this planet and that our future depends upon our caring , and doing , for one another.

    557 thoughts on “Find a Stranger, Say Goodbye

    • another piece of teen fiction resurfacing from my youth! natalie armstrong loves her parents and sister, but can't help but wonder about her birth mother, who gave her up for adoption when she was just days old. when natalie graduates from high school, her parents give her the resources to begin her search. but will what she finds answer her questions?this book is so dated that all the outfits sound awesome again. i think they should re-release it with a snazzy new cover, although the internet w [...]


    • I read this when I was a teenager and it spoke to me as an adoptee. I have no idea how I would feel about it now, but I would hope it's still relevant.



    • So I actually enjoyed this book. I loved the adventure Natalie went on, discovering more about herself and maturing in the process. I thought it was interesting that she found her mother and was disappointed that her mom couldn't be happy with who she was, but in the process found her dying grandfather. It was a light read and I think one of her earlier works but I still enjoyed it.


    • Natalie is perfectly happy with her kooky, artistic mother and her supportive doctor father, but as she is preparing to graduate from high school and make her way in the world, she is curious as to what would have caused her birth mother to give her up for adoption in 1960. For a graduation present, her parents give her all of the documents that they have surrounding her birth, as well as a credit card for expenses, and their best wishes. Before long, she is traveling to the town where she was b [...]


    • I thought I had read this book in childhood during my Lois Lowry obsession stage, along with the Anastasia Krupnik books and Number the Stars, but it seemed completely unfamiliar this time around. I think I must have buried all memory of it because it's so completely forgettable. While the plot appeals because it seems somewhat novel for a YA book (adoptee looking for her birth parents before internet, etc. made this a relatively easier task) the stereotypical character development and juvenile [...]


    • This is one of the 70s/80s classic kids' books I read because a girl in "The Baby-sitters Club" liked it. The basic plot, a teen finding her birth parents, lends itself well to a detective story that gives way to an emotionally complex, bittersweet ending. I ended up really enjoying it, despite a slow beginning. This book has a number of YA in the 70s problems, notably stilted, clunky language and an impossibly beautiful, brilliant, introspective Mary Sue of a main character. When Natalie looked [...]


    • I have read some of the reviews, and they must be from younger people, who now depend on the Internet to do their searches. The character in this book, Natalie, was born in 1960. She did her search for her birth mother in 1977. Her adoptive parents gave her documents, that easily led her to find her birth mother. She had to do some traveling, and make some phone calls. I worked as a child welfare worker in the mid 1960's. I worked with unwed mother's, and with adoptions. I have since helped a fe [...]


    • Nicely rendered and so very, very of its time. Though I remember life before the proliferation of the internet, this was like a window into an unimaginable era for me. Having to call the library in another state just to get information about a school! I spent a lot of time thinking about how much harder things were before you could simply find information on the internet. I remember the spottiness of pre-Google search engines (AskJeeves!) and using encyclopedias (though those had turned digital [...]


    • A thoroughly enjoyable book about a bright, beautiful, successful girl's search for her birth parents. The search for one's self is perhaps universal to teens, and more so for teens with holes in their history for whatever reason. Lowry handles the topic of adoption with grace and sensitivity. The characters just sing- they fairly jump off the pages. Tallie is one of my favorite characters ever, and I can forgive Lowry the execrable The Willoughbys on the strength of this and of course, Anastasi [...]


    • This is one of those books that I read when I was actually the intended audience and it has stayed with me. Seventeen-year-old Natalie has it all, but she feels like something is missing. Adopted when she was 5 days old, she knows nothing of her birth parents. Her loving family agrees to let her search. I always loved her eccentric family, and I go back and re-read this one from time to time. It may seems a bit outdated, but I like it, and for the time, difficult topics were handeled quite well. [...]


    • There were things I didn't like in this book, but for the most part, I liked it alright.I liked the pacing. I was afraid it was going to go into a detailed subplot or two about her relationships with her boyfriend and her family, but it didn't. It focused on the main things: finding her birth mother and finding out what her story meant to her. So the narrative jumped smoothly, but without unnecessary meandering, from one weekend trip to the next weekend, or to the next relevant conversation.


    • Didn't even finish. Had some language and sexual content. I think I'll stick to her YA novels. This one did not interest me.


    • I have never ever read a book written in 1970, and i must admit that i´ve loved it! You can tell about how they treated the literature back then, without a rush and the humor is very delicate.Though it may seem like the main story is the search that Natalie carries out to find out who is her biological mother (she has always known that she is adopted), for me the book it`s about meeting her family.How hilarious is her mum, how much she has learned from her dad, the support of her sister, and ho [...]


    • This isn’t one of Lois Lowry’s most famous novels, but it’s a wonderful book. The book follows Natalie the summer after she graduates from high school as she searches for her biological mother. The book takes place in the seventies, so Natalie’s research involves driving to different towns, looking up newspapers and yearbooks in libraries, reading old journals, and handwriting letters. Lois Lowry writes such wonderfully well-rounded characters. Even very minor characters such as the lady [...]


    • This is a great book especially for older readers. I believe that many older readers would really be able to relate to Natalie. I also believe that this book would be good for younger readers because any child would be able to relate to this story. The main character is a girl named Natalie Armstrong who was adopted. Natalie wanted to find her “real” parents, and her adopted parents gave her a clue so she could find them. Natalie eventually tracked down her parents, but only to realize she w [...]


    • I read this book (in about 4 hours) alongside my 14-year old daughter, as it was part of her summer reading list. A simply written story about a graduating high school senior girl named Natalie who goes on a search for her birth parents. Natalie is lucky, as usual, that her search is short and productive. This should appeal to my teen.


    • I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I would LOVE a sequel where we meet Natalie as an adult to see who she is and what her life is like- One thing I didn't like was how unsupportive her parents and boyfriend were, but especially the boyfriend. I wanted to slap him.



    • I really enjoyed this story and the message it leaves for readers. I found the protagonist a bit unbelievable but I liked her. There isn't much to the characters but they're agreeable.


    • The book is very inspiring especially Natalie. Annotation in the book makes me very happy. btw I annotated. Love the book would read it 100 times.



    • Loved this book! Everything is so sneakily tied together and you get "happy little surprises" (and a few sad.) Definitely recommending it to friends.


    • There was a point where this book very clearly went from an ordinary book to one that only Lois Lowry could create. Not sure where it was. Maybe in the characters of her mom and grandmother. Maybe in how Natalie processed her journey but by the end, I was as swept away as I have been with her other books. Another good one.


    • Recent high school graduate Natalie Armstrong has always known she was adopted. Now she wants to find her birth mother, though she doesn't want to hurt her parents in the process. FIND A STRANGER, SAY GOODBYE was originally published in 1978, when I was in high school, so teen readers might view the book as historical fiction or a period piece (gulp). Teens in 2014 probably can't imagine life in the days before computers and cell phones, when research meant going to the library or footwork. We w [...]


    • Introduction: Have you ever wished you could meet your birth parents if you are adopted? Well this story is about a 15 year old teen girl named Natalie trying to find her birth parents. Her journey started in New York City and her destination is over 500 miles away from her home town. Do you think she will make it? There are some parts in the story where she wanted to quit, but she never did. There were many obstacles in this story where she always strived for greatness. This story is a realisti [...]


    • Q5/ I think the back ground of Natalie is very good because she is adopted child, why can she have a good and wealthy family and everyone is kind to her? If she isn't adopted from good and wealthy, maybe her life will be different, so I want the story to change by putting the main character, Natalie, into the controversial family that don't let her do anything which she wants to do. Also, I would change the personality of Natalie's real mother because i think she's kind of slowly person. why cou [...]


    • Lois Lowry, I love you.Some of my favorite books growing up were written by Lois Lowry. "Anastasia Krupnik," "A Summer to Die" (sob!), The One Hundredth Thing about Caroline." As an adult, it has been nice to re-read some of the ones I loved before and explore newer books as well, like "The Giver." She's really amazing. Ms. Lowry, if you are reading this, I want to meet you and tell you how much "A Summer to Die" impacted me growing up!"Find a Stranger, Say Goodbye" is a book about young woman s [...]


    • "Find a Stranger, Say Goodbye" recounts the events of a girl named Natalie's search for her birth parents. After talking with her adoptive parents during her senior year, she begins her search after graduation to find out the truth behind where she came from. With the encouragement of her eccentric grandmother and the reluctant help of her parents, she spends the summer trying to find the truths of her past. Many question her motives. Why can't she appreciate the family she's always known? She e [...]


    • This book didnt really have feelings on what its like to find ones birth mother. It basically showed steps that the main character took in finding her mother. Maybe it was because this was written in the 70`s and i couldnt relate to what was happening then. The character, Natalie never elaborated on how she felt and what it was like meeting face to face with someone from her past. To me these characters had little emotion. Sorry.But i did like Natalie`s adopted mother and grandmother. They are v [...]


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