Celebrating 19 years of The Giver by Lois Lowry
I am absolutely thrilled to share with you a week’s worth of posts about The Giver and the power that this book has had in the nineteen years that it has been available. For starters, the reason that I decided to celebrate The Giver is because Lois Lowry has a new book releasing on October 2, entitled Son. Son is the final book in The Giver series and a long awaited companion to this set for those of us who are hardcore Lois Lowry fans.
|photo courtesy of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|
There is one scene that I won’t go into immense detail, because I hope you will all re-read or read for the first time this series, but when Jonas witnesses his father’s role in the release of an infant…I cried with Jonas. I cried because for the first time reading this book (remember 3rd and 7th grade before) that scene was so horrifying and real to me. Before, I had read it as a fictional story. Now, I read it and really took into account this act and how much power this community had in keeping the humanity away from the populace. I closed the book and cried more and almost wept because it made me think to myself at what point do we start trying to make everything so similar and perfect that we start to lose our humanity? At what point do we stop questioning and just accept things no matter what the cost?
Thanks to the amazing marketing teams at Random House Books on Tape & Listening Library and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, we will be giving away a set of The Giver quartet in audio and also in hardcover. To enter, you must answer the following question listed in the Rafflecopter drawing below in a blog comment AND LEAVE US YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS PLEASE! I’m making you work for this one since the prizes are so awesome! Be sure to let our awesome sponsors know how much you appreciate them and good luck!
NOTE: Some of you have emailed and said you can’t see the question, so here it is: One of The Giver quartet’s central themes is the importance of memory. If you could pick one event that has happened in your life that you could pass on the memory and emotions evoked, what would you pick and to whom would you pass this feeling? (Please specify if you would prefer the audio or book set…first winner drawn will determine what the second winner receives.)
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About Karen Jensen, MLS
Karen Jensen has been a Teen Services Librarian for almost 30 years. She created TLT in 2011 and is the co-editor of The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services with Heather Booth (ALA Editions, 2014).
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