Lois Lowry was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, the middle child of three, but her father's career as a military officer caused the family to move to Pennsylvania and later to Japan. Lowry knew as a preschooler that she would be a writer, and her high school yearbook prediction, "future novelist," seemed to confirm her fate. She attended Brown University, married, raised four children, and graduated from the University of Maine before her career as a writer took hold. Lowry's novels have won two Newbery medals.
The Newberry Medal is awarded annually by the American Library Association for the most distinguished American children's book published the previous year
"To encourage original creative work in the field of books for children. To emphasize to the public that contributions to the literature for children deserve similar recognition to poetry, plays, or novels. To give those librarians, who make it their life work to serve children's reading interests, an opportunity to encourage good writing in this field."