400 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.04 in
May 6, 2014
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0544336259
ISBN - 13: 9780544336254
Read from the Book
ONE The young girl cringed when they buckled the eyeless leather mask around the upper half of her face and blinded her. It felt grotesque and unnecessary, but she didn't object. It was the procedure. She knew that. One of the other Vessels had described it to her at lunch a month before. "Mask?" she had asked in surprise, almost chuckling at the strange image. "What's the mask for?" "Well, it's not really a mask," the young woman seated on her left corrected herself, and took another bite of the crisp salad. "It's a blindfold, actually." She was whispering. They were not supposed to discuss this among themselves. "Blindfold?" she had asked in astonishment, then laughed apologetically. "I don't seem to be able to converse, do I? I keep repeating what you say. But: blindfold? Why?" "They don't want you to see the Product when it comes out of you. When you birth it." The girl pointed to her bulging belly. "You've produced already, right?" she asked her. The girl nodded. "Twice." "What's it like?" Even asking it, she knew it was a somewhat foolish question. They had had classes, seen diagrams, been given instructions. Still, none of that was the same as hearing it from someone who had already gone through the process. And now that they were already disobeying the restriction about discussing it-well, why not ask? "Easier the second time. Didn't hurt as much." When she didn't respond, the girl looked at her quizzically. "Hasn't anyone told you it hurts?" "They said '
From the Publisher
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 asGathering Blue
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.
About the Author
Lois Lowry is the author of more than thirty books for young adults, including the popular Anastasia Krupnik series. She has received countless honors, among them the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award, the California Young Reader's Medal, and the Mark Twain Award. She received Newbery Medals for two of her novels, NUMBER THE STARS and THE GIVER. Her first novel, A SUMMER TO DIE, was awarded the International Reading Association's Children's Book Award. Ms. Lowry now divides her time between Cambridge and an 1840s farmhouse in Maine. To learn more about Lois Lowry, see her website atwww.loislowry.com
"Written with powerful, moving simplicity, Claire's story stands on its own, but as the final volume in this iconic quartet, it holistically reunites characters, reprises provocative socio-political themes, and offers a transcending message of tolerance and hope. Bravo!"-Kirkus, starred review"Lowry is one of those rare writers who can craft stories as meaningful as they are enticing."-Booklist, starred review"Son is a tender conclusion to this memorable story, and definitely the best of the books in this sequence since The Giver itself."-School Library Journal, starred review"The strength of this novel is its compassionate portrait of a mother's commitment to her lost child."-Horn Book"In the completely absorbing opening, Lowry transports readers back to the horrifying world from which Jonas came."-Publishers Weekly"A consummate stylist, Lowry handles it all magnificently: the leaps in time, the shifts in perspective, the moments of extreme emotion - fear, joy, sadness - all conveyed in unadorned prose that seizes the heart. Give this book to your child, your grandmother, your senator, your neighbor: It's a bipartisan tale for our times."-The Washington Post"Lois Lowry's Son [is] a gripping end to the Giver series"-The Los Angeles Times"It's the kind of book that will stay with you for days as you wonder about what it says about human nature, society, and the future of society."-YPulse.com"A quiet, sorrowful, deeply moving exploration of the powers of empathy and the obligat