First published in 1987, Rabble Starkey was one of two-time Newbery Medalist Lois Lowry’s first novels. Its powerful and thought-provoking themes continue to touch the hearts of readers today.
By the time she's twelve years old, Parable Ann Starkey—better known as simply Rabble—has had her fair share of trouble. Her father left her and her teenage mother when Rabble was just one month old, and she went to live with her grandmother Gnomie until she passed away. More than anything, Rabble craves stability, and she may have found it now, living with her mother and the Bigelows.
Rabble and her mother, Sweet Hosanna, have lived over the Bigelows’ garage for the past four years. Veronica Bigelow is twelve, too, and she’s more than Rabble’s best friend; she’s like a sister. When mental illness takes Veronica’s mother to a distant hospital, the Starkeys move into the larger house to help Mr. Bigelow take care of Veronica’s younger brother, Gunther.
As the two families grow closer, Rabble feels more at home than she ever has. Something that feels like family has formed. For Rabble, it feels like forever—but can it truly last?
Lois Lowry's many beloved books include Number the Stars and The Giver, both recognized with the Newbery Medal.
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 the 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 Medal, and the Mark Twain Award. She received Newbery Medals for two of her novels, Number the Stars and The Giver.
"In this vigorous story [Lowry] shows the full dimensions of her talent. Surely and sensitively written. Lois Lowry should stand up and take a bow." — Booklist (starred review)
"Lowry is adept at portraying the nuances of relationships and emotions. Here she presents a lively cast of characters in an unusual plot, skillfully handled." — Kirkus Reviews