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Children's book scribe Lois Lowry to receive BoBi Award

Brooklyn Book Festival 2013 honors the iconic, Newbery Medal–winning author with its annual prize—the first time a kid-lit author has won it.

Lois Lowry, author of The Giver, at her home in Cambridge, MA

Lois Lowry, author of The Giver, at her home in Cambridge, MA Photographer: Matthew McKee

If you've got school-age kids in NYC, there's a very good chance they'll read at least one book by kid-lit giant Lois Lowry, who is this year's recipient of the Brooklyn Book Festival's annual BoBi Award. (Number the Stars, which is set in Denmark during World World II and takes on the Holocaust, and The Giver, widely considered the first dystopian novel for kids, won Newbery Medals in 1989 and 1993, respectively, and are true classics for middle-grade and YA readers.) Lowry attended high school first in Staten Island and then in Brooklyn, giving her the Borough of Kings connection needed to be eligible for the literary honor. Congrats to Lois Lowry, and stay tuned for more on the Brooklyn Book Festival, which takes place on Sunday, September 22.

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