Lois Lowry wrote some of my all-time favorite books.  In my head, I'm still friends with Anastasia Krupnik. I wrote my Master's thesis on The Giver and Gathering Blue.  Lowry answered questions today on Tumblr about her books and explained why books do not belong to their authors alone. 

I think about those things all the time because those things happen all the time.  But each time a reader picks up a book, he makes it into his own book.  It isn’t what I have written, necessarily. He, the reader, adds in his own memories and imagination and dreams.  This is as it should be. So I am not troubled by individual interpretations.  -Lois

I'm so glad she feels that way, because I know I have taken her books for my own.