Author Lois Lowry was born on March 20, 1937, in Honolulu, Hawaii. She published her first novel, A Summer to Die, in 1977. After this serious drama, Lowry showed her lighter side with 1979’s Anastasia Krupnik, which became the first in a series of humorous books. She won her first Newbery Award for 1989 novel Number the Stars. In 1993, Lowry received this important honor for a second time for The Giver. Her recent works include Son (2012) and Gooney Bird and All Her Charms (2013).
In 1977, Lowry published her first novel, A Summer to Die, which was based on her own experience of losing her older sister Helen at a young age.Also in 1979, Lowry published Autumn Street. This novel draws some inspiration from her own life.
Lowry’s career reached new heights with the 1989 historical novel Number the Stars. The book explores the Nazi takeover of Denmark during World War II. The narrator, Annemarie Johansen, is friends with a Jewish girl named Ellen. She and her family help hide Ellen from the Nazis when they begin to round up the Jews. Annemarie also ends up helping Ellen and her family to escape from Denmark. Lowry received the prestigious Newbery Award for this work.
Four years later, Lowry published one of her best known novels, The Giver. The Giver takes the reader to the future community where there is no war and no poverty, but everyone’s lives are tightly controlled. A young teen named Jonas becomes an apprentice to the title character, the only person with access to memories of the past.
n 2002, Lowry launched another successful children’s book series with Gooney Bird Greene. The book’s title character is a quirky and adventurous elementary school student. The recent titles in the series include 2011’s Gooney Bird on the Map and 2013’s Gooney Bird and All Her Charms. Lowry also recently worked on promoting the film adaptation of her novel The Giver. The 2014 film version of The Giver stars Brenton Thwaites as Jonas with Jeff Bridges playing the Giver.
In addition to writing, Lowry is a gifted photographer. Some of her work has been used to illustrate the covers of her books, including The Giver and Number the Stars. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.