She is an amazing writer. Most importantly she is a twice time winner of a newberry medal . She won one of the newberry awards for number the stars in 1990. The other one was for the giver in 1994. She was born in March 20,1937 in Hawaii to Robert and Katherine Hammersberg. She has written many other books beside Gathering Blue. Another book that is very popular she wrote was The Giver. She doesn't only writes but in her free time reads, gardens and knitting. She wrote the book Gathering Blue because she thought of the idea from seeing poor people and tragic things happening in everyday life situations. For example loosing a parent, being handicap, or living on the street.