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Authors - Lois Lowry

  1. 1. PRESENTS:
  2. 2. INTRODUCTION  Lois Lowry (born March 20, 1937) is anAmerican writer credited with more than thirty children's books and an autobiography.  She has won two Newbery Medals, for Number the Stars in 1989 and The Giver in 1993.  As an author, Lowry is known for writing about difficult subject matters within her works for children. But she balances these darker works with light, funny novels, being one of the few authors who can successfully write drama, comedy, and tragedy.
  3. 3. CHILDHOOD  LoisAnn Hammersberg was born on March 20, 1937, in Honolulu, Hawaii.  Lowry was born the middle of three children. She had an older sister, Helen, and a younger brother Jon.  Helen, three years older than her, died in 1962 at the age of 28.This experience influenced Lowry's first bookA Summer to Die.
  4. 4. A WORLD EDUCATION  Lowry's father was a career military officer – an Army dentist, – whose work moved the family all over the United States and to many parts of the world.  Lowry and her family moved from Hawaii to Brooklyn, NewYork, in 1939 when Lowry was two years old and later relocated to her mother's hometown, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in 1942 when Lowry's father was deployed to the Pacific duringWorldWar II.  FollowingWorldWar II, Lowry and her family moved toTokyo, Japan, where her father was stationed from 1948–1950. Lowry went through junior high school at a special school for the children of military families, and then returned to the United States to attend high school.
  5. 5. ADULT LIFE  Lowry entered Brown University in 1954. She attended for two years until her marriage at age 19 to Donald Lowry, a U.S. Navy officer, in 1956.Together they had four children: daughters Alix and Kristin, and sons Grey and Benjamin.  She developed a passion for photographing children, and wrote magazine articles to accompany her photographs, which led an editor to invite her to write a story for children.  She published her first book when she was 40 years old.
  6. 6. A SUCCESSUL CAREER  Since then, Lois Lowry has written over 40 books for children and young adults, and has also published her autobiography.  She has won numerous awards, and her books have been made into movies, television shows, and plays!  Some of her notable books include:  Gooney Bird Green  The Silent Boy  TheWilloughbys  Crow Call  The Birthday Ball
  7. 7. DIFFICULT TIMES  Writing about both funny things and serious issues has sustained Lois Lowry through her own hard times.  Her son Grey was killed in the crash of his fighter plane in 1995. This was the most difficult day of her life, but through her steady work as an author, she has persevered.  Lowry said, "His death ...tore away a piece of my world. But it left me, too, with a wish to honor him by ...trying to find a way to end conflict on this very fragile earth."  Later, her son Ben and his wife named their son Grey Lowry in remembrance of their brother.
  8. 8. THE KRUPNIK FAMILY  We’re going to be reading a story by Lois Lowry called AllAbout Sam.  In 1979, Lois Lowry wrote a humorous story called Anastasia Krupnik, about a young girl and her two parents. It was immediately successful, and led to eight sequels!  In 1988, Lois decided to give only childAnastasia a little brother, and wroteAllAbout Sam.  She begins the story in a very unusual way – Sam tells his own story – starting on the day that he’s born!
  10. 10. bibliography    MUSIC:“Christofori’s Dream” – David Lanz; Narada, 1988.