Lois Lowry is an award-winning writer of children's books whose work is extremely popular with both young readers and adult critics. The daughter of a military dentist, Lowry traveled frequently as a child and young adult, living in Hawaii (where she was born in 1937), New York, Pennsylvania, and Japan. An excellent reader, when she went to school Lowry was advanced from first to third grade. Books Lowry read as a child, such as The Yearling (by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, 1938) and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (by Betty Smith, 1943), have greatly influenced her work, particularly A Summer to Die and Autumn Street.
After attending two years of college, Lowry married a naval officer and traveled with him to California, and subsequently to South Carolina, Massachusetts, and Maine. Her love of Maine and her talent as a photographer are evident in Here at Kennebunkport, a collection of her photographs which she published in 1978. After giving birth to four children in five years, Lowry returned to college. Upon graduation, she edited textbooks, such as Black American Literature and Literature of the American Revolution, worked as a free-lance journalist and photographer, and published short fiction for adults which often dealt with childhood.
At the encouragement of an editor who had read her short stories, Lowry decided to try writing for children and young adults. As she explains in an autobiographical...
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