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Son Reissue Edition
Contributor(s): Lowry, Lois
ISBN: 0544336259     ISBN-13: 9780544336254
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: May 2014

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.

Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Science fiction.
Mother and child; Fiction.
Separation (Psychology); Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2014015548
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Series: The Giver Quartet
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.25" H x 5.50" W x 1.25" (0.72 lbs) 393 pages
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q59216
Reading Level: 4.4   Interest Level: Grades 6-8   Point Value: 19.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Spring)
Claire's son Gabriel, the baby Jonas rescues in The Giver, disappears; in her quest to find her son, Claire eventually washes up on the beach of an isolated village without her memory. The strength of this novel is its compassionate portrait of a mother's commitment to her lost child, and the book will be of great interest to those hooked on Lowry's series.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2012 #5)
Lowry begins Son by returning to the rigid, passionless community of The Giver (rev. 7/93), this time pursuing the story of Claire, the young woman who gave birth to Gabriel, the baby Jonas rescues in The Giver. Claire's son is taken from her at birth, as is the way of this institutional culture, and nurtured in the communal nursery. Against the rules, Claire visits him regularly until, one night, baby and Jonas disappear. That same night, Claire also departs in a state of confused turmoil, eventually washing up on the beach of an isolated coastal village, having lost her memory. Her quest to regain it and find her son leads her to Jonas, Kira, and Gabriel of Lowry's earlier related books. Straightforward sentences; simple, accessible language; and a linear plot govern this novel that emphasizes the dangers of conformity and overvaluation of a "rational" life. Lowry foregoes dramatic suspense for measured tones and deliberate sequences of action -- a style that suits the bland, antiseptic environment of Claire's and Jonas's origins. A final confrontation (between Gabe and Trademaster) replays the battle against evil that seemed to have been vanquished by Matty's Christ-like sacrifice at the end of Messenger (rev. 5/04). Lengthy and somewhat mechanical in its plot, the strength of this novel is its compassionate portrait of a mother's commitment to her lost child. The book will be of greatest interest to those already hooked on Lowry's series. deirdre f. baker

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2012 September #2)

Drawing characters and themes from The Giver and its companions, Gathering Blue and Messenger, Lowry concludes her Giver Quartet nearly 20 years after the Newbery Medal–winning first book was published. The story is divided into three sections, and in the completely absorbing opening, Lowry transports readers back to the horrifying world from which Jonas came. The spotlight is on 14-year-old Claire, a Birthmother who is given an emergency Caesarean to save "the Product." The child survives, but Claire is coldly "decertified" and sent to work elsewhere, mystified as to what happened to her and her baby. Those familiar with The Giver will feel the pieces fall into place as Claire figures out which Product is hers and tracks his progress. Part two details Claire's decade-long struggle to remember who she is, and it suffers slightly from having a main character afflicted with a well-worn plot device (amnesia); the final third reunites characters from all three previous novels for a showdown with evil incarnate. If the latter sections don't quite keep up with the thrilling revelations of the first, Lowry still ties together these stories in a wholly satisfying way. Ages 12–up. (Oct.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2012 September)

Gr 6 Up—This final volume in the sequence of books that began with The Giver (Houghton Mifflin, 1993) returns for the first time to the regimented community of that book. Lowry recounts the events through the eyes of a new character, Claire, a Birthmother. When her first "Production" goes wrong, she endures a cesarean delivery and is summarily reassigned to the fish hatchery. But she can never let go of the idea of the son to whom she has given birth (Product #36) and manages to track him down in visits to the Nurturing Center. The baby turns out to be Gabe, the infant taken in by Jonas's family in The Giver. Claire meets Jonas's father and is able to maintain a tenuous relationship with her child. When Gabe is set to be "released" rather than permanently assigned to a family, things look dire indeed. Claire manages to escape the community on a supply boat headed "Elsewhere." Washed up on a beach after a storm, she has no memory of who she is or from whence she came. With the help of the villagers who have taken her in, she slowly regains some bits of her past and sets out to find her son. A harrowing encounter with the Trademaster leads her finally to Gabe, whom she finds in the village introduced in Messenger, along with Jonas, who is now appropriately the scholar/librarian of the community. Infinitely more satisfying than the previous installment, Son is a tender conclusion to this memorable story, and definitely the best of the books in this sequence since The Giver itself.—Tim Wadham, Children's Literature Consultant, Fenton, MO

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