Lois Lowry

Lois Lowry

 

USA

 

After raising her four children, Lois Lowry obtained a degree in English Literature from the University of Southern Maine in 1972 and began writing professionally. Her award-winning books encompass many genres including science fiction, historical fiction and fantasy but all deal with the importance of human connections. She deftly handles complex topics: her first book, A Summer to Die (1977) was a fictionalized account of the loss of a sibling and the effect of such a loss on a family. The horrors of WWII were related through the perspective of a young child in occupied Denmark in Number the Stars (1989), a book for which she was awarded her first Newbery Medal.  She was awarded her second Newbery Medal for The Giver in 1993, a book that began the dystopian genre in young adult fiction. She has also written humorous stories, the Anastasia Krupnik series (1979 to 1995) and for younger children, the Gooney Bird Greene books (2002 to 2014). Lois Lowry has been nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2000 and 2004.