The Windeby Puzzle Book Review

The Windeby Puzzle

History and Story

By: Lois Lowry

Publication Date 14 February 2023

Publisher: Harper Collins children’s Books, Clarion Books

Children Fiction


100 Book ReviewsProfessional Reader

I would like to thank both Harper Collins and NetGalley for allowing me to read and review this book.

Good Reads Synopsis:

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.

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.


I gave this book 4 stars. I had a great time reading this and I really enjoyed the history part of the book.

The book starts out with a team finding parts of bodies and then a whole body in the bogs of Germany. At first, they thought the body was of a young girl around 13 years old. They thought she was sacrificed because there were no wounds or any signs of ill health. So, Lois made a story of what she thought happed to this young girl. The story was great and inspiring for the future of women of the time. Of course, the ending wasn’t going to be happy because we know the young girl will die but she tried to make it upbeat.

After this story they actually find out something different, so she writes a different story. This story was just as good and just as sad because we know how the story will end.

I have always loved Lois Lowry writing and she didn’t disappoint me. She made history come to life in this book. I highly recommend that everyone should read this book. You will learn something new, like I did.

Published by debbierpayne

Mother of six and Grandmother of 7. I enjoy reading, sewing, cooking, and crocheting. I am an active member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

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