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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 an alternate Audio CD edition.
Praise for THE GIVER: "The Giver, a powerful and provocative novel, is sure to keep older children reading and thinking." New York Times "Lowry is once again in top form - raising many questions while answering few, and unwinding a tale fit for the most adventurous readers." Publishers Weekly --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Editorial Reviews
This was an interesting book. The author has a great imagination.Published 1 day ago by Mary Bolden
I loved this book sooo much it was as good as all of the other ones. Your a great author
Son is a fitting conclusion to the Giver Quartet. I did find one or two minor inconsistencies with the previous three books in the series but 1) I'm not going to ruin it for... Read morePublished 7 days ago by garythegrim
Ties up many of the loose ends of the Giver quartet. A good adolescent read.Published 13 days ago by John Hamet