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Lois Lowry 

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Biographical Information

 

v     Born March 20, 1937 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

v     She lived in New York, Pennsylvania, and Japan while growing up.

v     She had an older sister and a younger brother.

v     She was excruciatingly shy as a young child that lived in a world of books and her imagination.

v     Attended Pembrook College, the women’s branch of Brown University.  She left after two years to begin her family.

v     Married Donald Grey Lowry, a naval officer, in 1956 and moved to San Diego, California.

v     Moved to New London, Connecticut in 1958 and her daughter Alix was born.

v     Son Grey was born in 1959 and daughter Kristin was born in 1961.

v     Son Benjamin was born in 1962 and her 28 year old sister died.

v     In 1972 Lois received her BA from University of Southern Maine

v     In 1977 her first novel A Summer to Die was published.  This book was based on her own life experiences with her sister.  She divorced her husband Grey and moved to Cape Porpoise, Maine.

v     Author of over 30 books for children and young adults covering a variety of topics that include: cancer, mental illness, adoption, the Holocaust, and futuristic societies.

v     All of her books seem to have one common theme: the importance of human connections.

v     Winner of the Newberry Medal twice.  1990 for Number the Stars and in 1994 for The Giver .

v     Advice for young writers: “I always tell aspiring writers that reading is the best way, maybe the only way, to learn to write well.”

v     Today Lois Lowry lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with her Tibetan terrier named Bandit.

 

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