Any institution needing works for those writing about authors will find this first installment of the Meet the Author series a serviceable title. Without the graceful writing of Lowry's own work (listed in a bibliography), it provides basic information in a straightforward manner that will aid researchers. To show how the novelist-to-be turned events from her own life into dramatic stories, Markham begins with an incident from Lowry's childhood (she broke an antique doll and imagined it as a murdered infant). The rest of the book is an accessible chronological account, with brief excerpts from Lowry's books, and description of some of the influences found in these. She was a shy child, often escaping loneliness in reading and writing. After an early marriage and four children, she began to write again. She stuck with it, and the rest is history--and two Newbery medals.