The Giver, The Messenger, Gathering Blue were favorites in our house about 10 years ago and I still recommend those titles regularly.  Long road trips made them great stories to listen to in the car.  I had been thinking that I wanted to share this favorite author when just yesterday Good Reads posted an Interview with Lois Lowry!

In that interview I learned it has been almost 20 years since The Giver came out and now Lowry has a new book, The Son!

From Amazon:  “They called her Water Claire. When she washed up on their shore, no one knew that she came from a society where emotions and colors didn’t exist. That she had become a Vessel at age thirteen. That she had carried a Product at age fourteen. That it had been stolen from her body. Claire had a son. But what became of him she never knew. What was his name? Was he even alive?  She was supposed to forget him, but that was impossible. Now Claire will stop at nothing to find her child, even if it means making an unimaginable sacrifice. Son thrusts readers once again into the chilling world of the Newbery Medal winning book, The Giver, as well as Gathering Blue and Messenger  where a new hero emerges. In this thrilling series finale, the startling and long-awaited conclusion to Lois Lowry’s epic tale culminates in a final clash between good and evil.”

My other two favorite Lowry books are Number the Stars (about ten-year-old Annemarie who tells about hiding her best friend, Ellen Rosen, as part of the family when German troops begin “relocating” all the Jews of Denmark) and Gooney Bird Greene (a hilarious book of the most entertaining “absolutely true” stories told by Gooney – that’s her real name – who is an elementary student with enough character for the whole class.  Perfect for youthful readers!)