Lois Lowry Book summary

Lois Lowry was born March 20, 1937, in Honolulu, Hawaii to Robert E. Hammersberg and Katherine Landis Hammersberg. Lois was a middle child as she had an elder sister, Helen, and a younger brother, Jon. Lois's father was a US army dentist, and so her family had to move often as her father was posted all over the US. She spent a lot of her youth living in various places across the world and the US due to her father's and later her husband's military career. Later in life, she settled in Portland, Maine with her husband, Donald Grey Lowry, a naval officer. Lois had wanted to be a writer from a young age, but she was only able to begin her literary career at the age of 40 which was when her first novel was published. An editor suggested that she write a book for children after she had written a short story for Redbook Magazine. Her first book was loosely based on the death of her elder sister, and it was titled A Summer to Die. Lois has never shied away from addressing complex and controversial subjects like suicide, euthanasia, and racism, in her books. She was awarded the American Library Association's Margaret A. Edwards Award, in 2007 for writing the Giver. Other notable works by the author include Number the Stars, The Giver Quartet, and Rabble Starkey.