Messenger (Readers Circle) Paperback – 22 Aug 2006
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"Lowry masterfully presents another thought-provoking, haunting tale in this third novel, a companion to The Giver and Gathering Blue." Publishers Weekly, Starred
"Lowry moves far beyond message, writing with a beautiful simplicity rooted in political fable, in warm domestic detail, and in a wild natural world, just on the edge of realism." Booklist, ALA, Starred Review
"Told in simple, evocative prose, this companion to The Giver (1993) and Gathering Blue (2000) can stand on its own as a powerful tale of great beauty." Kirkus Reviews, Starred --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Lois Lowry was twice the recipient of the Newbery Medal, for "Number the Stars "and for "The Giver." She lives in Maine.
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Jonas is a young boy who lives in a community with a lot of technology and many rules about it. He has only seen an airplane twice for planes were not suppose to over fly villages, it was against the rules. Children of the same age are raised together and each December they move up a grade, when the reach the age of twelve they are selected for occupational training Jonas in talking to his friend states about selections: "Jonas Shrugged. It didn't worry him, how could someone not fit in? The Community was so meticulously ordered, the choices so carefully made." However all the other Twelve's were assigned and Jonas was skipped then at the end of the ceremony it was announced that he had been selected he was chosen to become the `receiver of memory.' He was to learn all the history and story of the people and become an advisor to the council that ruled the village. It only happened every so many generations and only 1 keeper of memories was installed in each village. Jonas and his family take in an infant who is not maturing and growing quickly enough.Read more ›
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read this,it's excellent. it took me three hours- unputdownable.
This book is the third in a trilogy -- THE GIVER and GATHERING BLUE being the first two. It's helps to have read the first two, but you can still get a lot out of THE MESSENGER if you read it first.
This book deals with basic issues in life. Matt lives in a village that has a lot of issues facing us today -- such as, immigration, toleration and basic freedom. He sees what he first felt was a free society turning into something he isn't sure he knows any more. And in the process, he also finds that he has a unique gift for healing, but that when he practices the gift, it is at some cost to himself.
I won't spoil the story by telling how it ends -- but it caused a grown up kid like me -- considerably over 21 years old -- to cry. And I feel like I'm a better person for having read it.
And while you're at it -- try reading THE GIVER and GATHERING BLUE as well. If you take the message seriously, you won't be the same person you were before.
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