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By Jennifer Kenny
1 Lois Lowry was born on March 20, 1937, in Hawaii. Her parents' names were Robert and Katharine Hammersberg. Her father was an army dentist, so her family lived as other military families do, moving all over the world. In her family, Lois was the middle child of three. She had an older sister named Helen and a younger brother named Jon.
2 As a young child, Lois enjoyed being alone, reading books, and using her imagination. Lois wanted to be a writer from the time she was eight years old. She loved to write. She developed a love of language by reading. Even as a child, Lois wanted to read more than play ball or hang out.
3 Growing up, she lived in New York and Pennsylvania for a while. She went to high school in New York City. She started college at Brown University in Rhode Island. At age 19, she married a naval officer named Donald Lowry. Lois and her husband moved around a great deal as well - California, Connecticut, Florida, South Carolina, and so on. Soon they had four children under the age of 5. Her husband finished his service and attended Harvard Law School while she raised their children. When they were in Maine, she also returned to college, attending the University of Southern Maine. She even went on to graduate school. Then she started to write professionally. In 1977, she and Donald divorced.
4 Lois's first book was A Summer to Die. It was the tale of two sisters, Meg and Molly, who fought like most sisters do. Then Molly gets very sick, and the book continues to follow what happens to Meg as a result of her sister's serious illness and death. This book is a work of fiction, but it does loosely follow the death of Lois's sister in real life.
5 In 1979, Lois began her famous Anastasia series. (Anastasia Krupnik, Anastasia on Her Own, etc.) The Anastasia books make kids laugh. They are light and fun, although there are some serious topics in the books. The Sam Krupnik series came from the Anastasia books. Sam is the brother of Anastasia. This is called the little brother series. Some of the titles include All about Sam and Attaboy, Sam! In the Anastasia and Sam books, there are many comedic misadventures, but understanding and reason usually wins out.
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