The Giver – About the Author

Lois Lowry is an American writer, who was born on 20th March 1937 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Lowry is generally known for her novels for children and youths. She won her first Newbery Award for the novel, Number the Stars, which she wrote in 1989. Lois Lowry was honored with the second award for The Giver in 1993.
The Giver, which became a film in 2014, is the most well-known and important work of Lowry. The novel has caused many controversies and now it is prohibited in some schools in America because of several reasons. The most cited reasons were over violent and sexual scenes, infanticide, euthanasia, and sexual awakening. Most of the families didn’t want their children to read the book. For example, in 1995, The Giver was challenged by a parent in Franklin County, Kansas because of the themes such as murder and suicide. Another parent in Sidney, New York was also opposed to the usage of “mind control, selective breeding, and the eradication of the old and young when they are weak, feeble and of no more use.” After all, the book was removed from school libraries, but it remained available for use at teachers’ discretion. (Baldassarro, 2011)

To learn more about Lois Lowry and her works, please visit her website.