Lowry Answers the Call of Her Fans with 'Sons'
Austin Statesman (TX)
Lois Lowry always said she'd never write a sequel to "The Giver." The 1993 novel -- which won the prestigious Newbery Medal for children's literature and regularly appears on both required-reading and banned-book lists -- features an ending open to interpretation. Lowry told interviewers for years she wanted to leave it up to readers to decide what happened to Jonas, the boy who flees the anodyne society of his birth, and Gabriel, the baby he took with him. But fans consistently clamored for more. So hints and mentions appeared in companion books, "Gathering Blue" (2000) and "Messenger" (2003). Still, they kept asking. And so all the answers will finally appear in Lowry's newest book, "Son," the final title in the "Giver" quartet.
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