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Lois Lowry

Author of The Giver

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About the Author

Lois Lowry (nee Lois Ann Hammersberg) was born on March 20, 1937, in Honolulu, Hawaii. She was educated at both Brown University and the University of Southern Maine. Before becoming an author, she worked as a photographer and a freelance journalist. Her first book, A Summer to Die, was published show more in 1977. Since then she has written over 30 books for young adults including Gathering Blue, Messenger, the Anastasia Krupnik series, and Son. She has received numerous awards including: The New York Times Best Seller,the International Reading Association's Children's Literature Award, the American Library Association Notable Book Award Citation and two Newberry Medals for Number the Stars in 1990, and The Giver in 1993. She was also awarded an honorary Doctorate of Letters by Brown University in 2014. The Giver is part of a Quartet of books; it is the first book, followed by Gathering Blue, messenger and Son. The Giver has been met with a diversity of reactions from schools in America, some of which have adopted it as a part of the mandatory curriculum, while others have prohibited the book's inclusion in classroom studies. It was also made into a feature film of the same name released in 2014. Lois Lowry also made the Hans Christian Andersen Awards 2016 finalists in the author category. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
Image credit: Author Lois Lowry at the 2016 Texas Book Festival. By Larry D. Moore, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=53502477


Works by Lois Lowry

The Giver (1993) 38,860 copies
Number the Stars (1989) 18,163 copies
Gathering Blue (2000) 9,300 copies
Messenger (2004) 6,068 copies
Son (2012) 3,240 copies
Gossamer (2006) 2,125 copies
The Willoughbys (2008) 1,706 copies
Gooney Bird Greene (2002) 1,681 copies
Anastasia Krupnik (1979) 1,438 copies
The Giver Quartet (2014) 1,013 copies
The Silent Boy (2003) 988 copies
A Summer to Die (1977) 896 copies
Anastasia Again! (1981) 685 copies
Crow Call (2009) 661 copies
Anastasia at your Service (1982) 575 copies
Anastasia, Ask your Analyst (1984) 565 copies
Anastasia on Her Own (1985) 531 copies
All About Sam (1988) 521 copies
Anastasia has the Answers (1986) 490 copies
Attaboy, Sam! (1992) 467 copies
Anastasia's Chosen Career (1987) 464 copies
Autumn Street (1980) 403 copies
Anastasia at this Address (1991) 359 copies
Stay!: Keeper's Story (1721) 329 copies
Bless This Mouse (2011) 309 copies
Find a Stranger, Say Goodbye (1978) 301 copies
Anastasia Absolutely (1995) 299 copies
See You Around, Sam! (1996) 279 copies
Taking Care of Terrific (1983) 251 copies
The Birthday Ball (2010) 248 copies
Rabble Starkey (1600) 239 copies
Gooney Bird Is So Absurd (2009) 212 copies
Switcharound (1600) 186 copies
Zooman Sam (Sam Krupnik) (1999) 177 copies
On the Horizon (2020) 157 copies
Gooney Bird on the Map (2011) 146 copies
Your Move, J.P.! (1990) 113 copies
US and Uncle Fraud (1984) 100 copies
The Windeby Puzzle (2023) 86 copies
The Willoughbys Return (2020) 61 copies
The Giver: A Play (2010) 9 copies
Here in Kennebunkport (1978) 4 copies
The Giver - Lois Lowry (SparkNotes) (2003) — Author — 2 copies
The giver. Il figlio (2022) 2 copies
Anastasia - Intégrale (2014) 2 copies
O Número das Estrelas (2016) 1 copy
Livret lois lowry (2011) 1 copy
Il mistero di Windeby (2023) 1 copy
Darul lui Jonas (2013) 1 copy
All'orizzonte (2021) 1 copy
Anastasia, di nuovo! (2021) 1 copy

Associated Works

Lord of the Flies (1954) — Afterword, some editions; Foreword, some editions — 48,533 copies
Island of the Blue Dolphins (1960) — Introduction, some editions — 17,619 copies
Enchantress from the Stars (1970) — Foreword, some editions — 1,282 copies
Carrie's War (1973) — Afterword, some editions — 920 copies
The Big Book for Peace (1990) — Contributor — 798 copies
Am I Blue? Coming Out from the Silence (1994) — Contributor — 794 copies
The Big Book For Our Planet (1993) — Contributor — 131 copies
Tomorrowland: 10 Stories About the Future (1999) — Contributor — 119 copies
Shining On: 11 Star Authors' Illuminating Stories (2006) — Contributor, some editions; Foreword, some editions — 50 copies
It's Terrific to Be Ten (2000) — Contributor — 48 copies
Trapped!: Cages of Mind and Body (1938) — Contributor — 43 copies
Gooney Bird Greene and Her True Life Adventures (2005) — Series Creator — 2 copies
Gooney Bird Greene and her fabulous animal parade (2010) — Series Creator — 1 copy


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Common Knowledge

Legal name
Hammersberg, Lois Ann
Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Places of residence
Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Carlisle, Pennsylvania, USA
Tokyo, Japan
Governor's Island, New York, USA
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA (show all 7)
Portland, Maine, USA
Brown University
University of Southern Maine (B.A., English Literature, 1972)
children's book author
Awards and honors
Margaret A. Edwards Award (2007)
Regina Medal (1994)
Emily van Beek (Folio Jr./Folio Literary Management)
Short biography
Lois Lowry is known for her versatility and invention as a writer. She was born in Hawaii and grew up in New York, Pennsylvania, and Japan. After studying at Brown University, she married, started a family, and turned her attention to writing. She is the author of more than forty books for young adults, including the popular Anastasia Krupnik series. She has received countless honors, among them the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award, the California Young Reader's Medal, and the Mark Twain Award. She received Newbery Medals for two of her novels, NUMBER THE STARS and THE GIVER. Her first novel, A SUMMER TO DIE, was awarded the International Reading Association's Children's Book Award. Several books have been adapted to film and stage, and THE GIVER has become an opera. Her newest book, ON THE HORIZON, is a collection of memories and images from Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima, and post-war Japan. A mother and grandmother, Ms. Lowry divides her time between Maine and Florida. To learn more about Lois Lowry, see her website at www.loislowry.com



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Loved this one... a fantastic finale to the stories.
decaturmamaof2 | 154 other reviews | Nov 22, 2023 |
Really good - immediately heading to the next one as these are quick reads.
decaturmamaof2 | 288 other reviews | Nov 22, 2023 |
I raced through this one, as I was eager to find out what happened with Matty and Kira. I'm not sure I liked the ending, it felt a bit rushed, but liked the book overall.
decaturmamaof2 | 195 other reviews | Nov 22, 2023 |
I don't know how I made it until today before reading this book. It's on my 6th grader's summer reading list so I thought I'd read it too. OMGGGGGGGGG. I plowed through it in one afternoon. It's so good. I love how Lowry has the full importof what's happening just sneak up on you quietly. My girl is gonna BAWL reading this book, but the message is really important. ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️
decaturmamaof2 | 1,558 other reviews | Nov 22, 2023 |


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