Lois Lowry

Best Author

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Lois Lowry's books have always varied in content and style, yet it seems that all of them deal, essentially, with the same general theme: the importance of human connections. One of the most popular books she wrote is, "The Giver," which won an award and was a part of a quartet.

The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association.

"The most distinguished contribution to American Literature for Children" is what it says on the medal itself. Imagine how the author feels to have a book described like that!

When the Committee called me in 1990 to tell me that Number the Stars had been awarded the medal, they found me at my desk, where I usually am.

In 1994, they couldn't find me. I was in Antarctica! Eventually they reached me by sending a radiogram. So I was feeling on top of the world, though, technically speaking, I was actually at the bottom.

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