Two time Newbery Medal winner Lois Lowry was born March 20, 1937, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Her father, Major Robert E. Hammersberg, was a dentist serving in the same army hospital where Lois was born. Lois's mother, Katherine, was a schoolteacher. Lois has an older sister, Helen, and a younger brother, Jon.
In 1940, the Army moved the Hammersbergs to New York, and in 1942, after the outbreak of WWII, Lois's father was posted to the Pacific theater. Lois's mother then moved Lois and her sister to Amish Country in Pennsylvania to live near her mother's family. This early, prolonged separation from her beloved father and the very close relationships that it engendered between Lois, her mother, and her two siblings strongly influenced many of the books that she would later write.
Jealous of her older sister's newly learned skill and fascinated by the relationship between letters and sounds, Lois learned to read when she was only three years old. Lois has always liked doing things on her own terms and in her own way. Even as a very young girl, she preferred reading to the more typical children's games and pastimes. Partly because of her exceptional reading ability, Lois was allowed to skip second grade and graduated from an all girls' high school at the age of sixteen. Even then she knew she wanted to become a novelist.
When Lois was nineteen, she dropped out of college to marry an young naval officer, becoming Lois Lowry. She has four...
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