Maggi Rohde
Maggi Rohde asked Lois Lowry:

I've recommended the Gooney Bird Greene books to all the 2nd grade teachers I know, and their students adore them. They're so different from your other realistic fiction. What inspired you to write the original Gooney Bird Greene?

Lois Lowry I remembered being painfully shy at that age, and envying the kids who were self-confident and popular.
Lois Lowry

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