Monday, September 15, 2014

Middle School Monday: The Giver Series by Lois Lowry

The Giver series by Lois Lowry is a classic example of young adult dystopian literature.  The recent movie The Giver, has renewed interest in the books.  This series in also #11 on the all time Top 100 Teen books published by NPR.  The Giver was one of my favorite books, and I just saw the movie over the weekend.  My verdict on the movie was it was OK, but I really thought the book was so much better!  My favorite part of the movie was Jeff Bridge's performance as "The Giver". 

If you really enjoy the books, try to do some of the trivia quizzes about these books! If you read The Giver consider reading more of the series - here are some story summaries to entice you!

Gathering Blue:  Kira, who has a deformed leg, is orphaned and must learn to survive in a society that normally leaves the weak or  disabled exposed to die in the fields. In Gathering Blue, Kira needs a reason for the Council of Edifice to keep her in the village and not take her to the Field (which is certain death at the hands of The Beasts). Kira has a gift for embroidery, and the Council keeps her around to mend and update a beautiful robe that shows the history of their society. In the course of the book, she begins to learn the art of dyeing thread different colors, except for blue, which nobody in her community knows how to make. She also learns more about the truth of her village and the terrible secrets they hold.

Messenger:  Trouble is brewing in Village. Once a utopian community that welcomed strangers, Village will soon be cut off to all outsiders. As one of the few able to traverse the forbidding Forest, Matty must deliver the message of Village’s closing and try to convince Seer’s daughter Kira to return with him before it’s too late. But Forest is now hostile to Matty, too, and he must risk everything to fight his way through it.

Son:  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.

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