Lois Lowry (born March 20, 1937) is
anAmerican writer credited with
more than thirty children's books and
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.
LoisAnn Hammersberg was
born on March 20, 1937, in
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.
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.
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
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.
A SUCCESSUL CAREER
Since then, Lois Lowry has written
over 40 books for children and young
adults, and has also published her
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
The Birthday Ball
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.
THE KRUPNIK FAMILY
We’re going to be reading a story
by Lois Lowry called AllAbout
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
In 1988, Lois decided to give only
childAnastasia a little brother, and
She begins the story in a very
unusual way – Sam tells his own
story – starting on the day that he’s
A NUTSYTHE SQUIRREL PRODUCTION
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