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The Worlds of Lois Lowry 3 Copy Boxed Set (The Giver, Gathering Blue, The Messenger) Paperback – August 22, 2006

4.7 out of 5 stars 98 customer reviews

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About the Author

Lois Lowry is an award-winning author who has written many popular books for young adults. She was twice the recipient of the Newbery Medal, for Number the Stars and for The Giver. The author lives in Cambridge, MA.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Ember; Slp edition (August 22, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385733895
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385733892
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #393,994 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By M. Espinoza on July 3, 2007
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This box-set is one of the most enduring trilogies I have ever read. The first book is an instant classic, The Giver. I actually read this book back in 1994, when I was in the 4th grade. I read it now again, and I am still just as enamored with it. I didn't even know there were two other books that followed until I did some research. The next two books are just as good, and the best part is that are not carbon-copies. One could actually read them by themselves, but it's so much better when you know the stories before them.
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The only book in this set that I loved was "The Giver". The other two were ok if you really want to know what happens to Jonas, or if you want to know more about the world that Lois Lowry created. But honestly I'd rather have just read the first book and left the rest to my imagination. Gathering Blue was ok, a little drawn out and not very exciting. The messenger was more interesting then Gathering Blue. I feel that the fault of the two lies with my own expectations and the lack of wonder and the mystic of "The Giver". After reading "The Giver" I was left with so many questions and a sense of awe. After reading the entire trilogy I was left underwhelmed and disappointed. In my opinion "The Giver" is a must read, the other two could be skipped.
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I simply love these books. They are children's books about dystopian societies, each one featuring a different main character and village. Very good lessons about what is important about life and individuality.I was very impressed with the box set that has the cover artwork from the three books on each side. It also includes a small-ish poster that is a "map" of the three villages. A wonderful read for young and old readers alike.
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These books, which are somewhat chronicaled, are well written and very intriguing. While many of the characters made me quite furious due to their way of thinking, the main characters always show great strength and a sense of justice in the face of what their surrounding communities are doing. While I didn't really care for the endings of each book (Lowry pretty much leaves the reader hanging), the books were very good, and they held my attention.
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Lois Lowry has made a classic series with her four books in this series. Along the lines of books like 1984, Brave New World, Ray Bradbury's Invisible Man and Other Stories, etc, the series takes on a similar but different world--actually a set of worlds within one.

To go on and on about it would be redundant. My only beef was that we didn't have the chance to get this boxed set with the most newly released book, Son (the final book in the series).

Lowry is now our favorite author in this house, and we're excited to read more of her young adult works--even if these MAY be her true master works for now. Few authors have the compass and flexibility to create and explore these multiple worlds within a world. She avoids the heavy-handed didactic pitfalls, which is a tough thing to do.
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Gifted, award-winning YA author, Lois Lowry, has created a world like none other in this trio of books about a dystopian world. "The Giver" alone is an astounding work of such depth that is could be studied in a college course, not just a middle school classroom. "Gathering Blue" and "Messenger" bring in two new protagonists with equally unique settings, if not quite the depth of "Giver." Make sure you finish off with "Son," the 4th, and final, book in the series, that ties up all the loose ends, but still leaves the door open for another adventure. All satisfying and thought-provoking reads for older kids through adults.
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I didn't know before this year that _The Giver_ had two other books that were companion texts. I was excited to find them all three collected together in one attractive boxed-set. My students have been fighting all year to see who could borrow _Gathering Blue_ and _The Messenger_ next.
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I have read all of the sequels to the Giver as well as personally studied Lowry's technique in writing. I admire her as a Literary artist. If all four books are not part of the literary canon, they need to be.
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