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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