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“From the time I was 8 or 9, I wanted to be a writer,” says Lois Lowry. “Writing was what I liked best in school; it was what I did best in school.” Now she is the award-winning author of more than thirty books, which Lowry believes all explore the theme of the importance of human connections. Her books include “Number the Stars,” “The Giver,” “Anastasia Krupnik” and “Gooney Bird Greene.” Lowry has received many honors, including two Newberry Medals, the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime contribution to young adult literature, the National Jewish Book Award and the Regina Medal. Her latest book is the autobiography “Looking Back: A Book of Memories” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). Lowry lives in Massachusetts and Maine.