photo credits: Kenneth C. Zirkel - CC-BY-SA-3.0
country of citizenship:
United States of America
educated at: Pembroke College in Brown University, University of Maine, Curtis High School, University of Southern Maine, Brown University
occupation: journalist, writer, novelist, photographer, children's writer
award received: Margaret Edwards Award, Regina Medal, Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award, Newbery Medal
Lois Lowry (born Lois Ann Hammersberg on March 20, 1937) is an American writer. As an author, Lowry is known for writing about difficult subject matter within works geared towards children. She has explored such complex issues as racism, terminal illness, murder, and the Holocaust, among other challenging topics. She has also explored controversial issues around the questioning of authority, such as in The Giver Quartet. Her writing on such matters has brought her both praise and criticism. In particular, The Giver (the first novel in the Quartet) has been met with a diversity of reactions from schools in America since its release in 1993; some schools have adopted it as a part of the mandatory curriculum, while others have prohibited the book's inclusion in classroom studies.
Lowry has won two Newbery Medals: for Number the Stars in 1990 and The Giver in 1994. Her book Gooney Bird Greene won the 2002 Rhode Island Children's Book Award. A film adaptation of The Giver was released in 2014.For her contributions as a children's writer, she was a finalist in 2000, and a U.S. nominee again in 2004, as well as a finalist in 2016, for the biennial international Hans Christian Andersen Award, the highest recognition available to creators of children's books. In 2007, she received the Margaret Edwards Award from the American Library Association for her contributions writing for teens. In 2011 she gave the May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture; her lecture was titled "UNLEAVING: The Staying Power of Gold". She was also awarded an honorary Doctorate of Letters by Brown University in 2014.
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