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Gr 6 Up-Those frustrated over the ambiguous ending of Lowry's The Giver (1993) will be thrilled with the conclusion (2012, both Houghton Mifflin) to the quartet. Listeners are brought full circle, returning to the fate of Gabriel, the little baby saved from "release" by Jonas. The story begins with Claire, who emerges from unconsciousness following a difficult birth to find that her child (or product) has been cut from her, and she has been "decertified." In the haste to get her to a new assignment, no one has bothered to supply her with the pills that everyone must take to keep them from feeling things. Claire develops an intense longing to find her son, leading her on a daunting and epic journey that weaves together the worlds and characters of the first three novels. Bernadette Dunne's whispery voice is perfectly suited to this dramatic, satisfying tale. Whether portraying the naive 14-year-old Claire or the evil Trademaster, Dunne captures the very essence of the characters. Lowry has again created a powerful tale rich with themes like sacrifice, loss, the importance of memory, and the restorative power of empathy that will elicit exciting classroom discussions. A must-have for all libraries with audio collections.-Lisa Hubler, Charles F. Brush High School, Lyndhurst, OHα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
While more predictable and less ambiguous (in a good thinking way) the final book of the series started in _The Giver_ was a satisfying read bringing all the players from the... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Archetype
Ties the whole story together quite well. It ends a bit abruptly, but it is teen novel.Published 3 days ago by john fojut
This book explained so much of the previous ones! I really enjoyed Claire's point of view, and Gabe's ! Read morePublished 11 days ago by Kindle Customer
I enjoyed this series thoroughly. It makes you think about life to come and the stories were touching. A must read.Published 11 days ago by Jennifer Spaulding