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by Lois Lowry

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Strange changes are taking place in Village. Once a utopian community that prided itself on its welcome to new strangers, Village will soon be closed to all outsiders. As one of the few people able to travel through the dangerous Forest, Matty must deliver the message of Village's closing and try to convince Seer's daughter to return with him before it's too late. But…  See more details below


Strange changes are taking place in Village. Once a utopian community that prided itself on its welcome to new strangers, Village will soon be closed to all outsiders. As one of the few people able to travel through the dangerous Forest, Matty must deliver the message of Village's closing and try to convince Seer's daughter to return with him before it's too late. But Forest has become hostile to Matty as well, and he must risk everything to fight his way through it, armed only with an emerging power he cannot yet explain or understand.

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Newbery medalist Lois Lowry once again ushers readers into the hypnotic, disconcerting fantasy world she made familiar in her award-winning The Giver and its sequel, Gathering Blue, introducing us to young Matty, a boy whose role for Village is more profound than he thinks. Fraught with the same tension and subtle complexities of the previous novels, Lowry's third episode follows Matty -- who lives with Seer and doesn't yet have his true name -- as he keeps busy running errands through Forest and otherwise lives a youthful, carefree life. But Matty also has a power he can't explain, and when he understands that local attitudes are becoming intolerant and aggressive due to mysterious happenings at Trade Mart, the boy sets out to bring back Kira (Seer's daughter and the main character in Gathering Blue) before Village barricades itself entirely against outsiders. The novel crescendos as Matty and Kira make a heart-stopping, dangerous journey through Forest, and it packs a final punch when the hero summons his power and we learn his true name. The author, as usual, is a master at storytelling as she brings various plot threads together for a satisfying conclusion, leaving readers in this case with a bittersweet taste that will stay with them long after the book is finished. A must-have if you loved Lowry's two companion books, sure to be fodder for in-depth discussions. Matt Warner

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Random House Children's Books
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Giver Quartet Series, #3
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4.10(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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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

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Messenger 4.2 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 353 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While reading 'Messenger' by Lois Lowry, I was interested in the book after the first chapter with its connections to its previous books, new plot line & setting, and its exciting start. All of the characters come together into one book, but this is not noticable right away. From both 'The Giver' and 'Gathering Blue', things start to fall into place. While reading both 'The Giver' and 'Gathering Blue', it was hard to understand some consepts and some things didn't make sense. This occured at the beginning of 'Messenger' as well, but it incorperated all 3 books into one enjoyable read of adventure and romance. The writing style of this book has made me even more interested to read it because it makes you feel like you are there, experiencing everything on the sidelines, like a director behind the scenes of a movie. While reading 'Messenger', it was hard to put the book down. Before I knew it, i could have been reading for 3 hours straight and be almost finished with the book. This book is a great read if you like action and adventure with new twists every few chapters. I really enjoyed this book because it kept me thinking, and never really being sure of what would happen next.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked this book better than Gathering Blue, but less than The Giver. It was an interesting read and VERY intense!!! Only read this book if your up for a REALLY intense book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing!!!!!!!!! The plot is never ending. It is also a page turner and will make you think. If you like books that are never ending action then you will love this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the final book of The Giver trilogy. It is a terrific dystopic/fantasy book pointing out the many temptations that lead us from true happiness. A wonderful trilogy that I would recommend to everyone ages 13 and up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was by far another powerful and passionate book. Just like The Giver and Gathering Blue there are strong messages that often arent explained. However the mystery of the concepts and messages make it more appealing and thought-provoking. It is a very intense book ti read and each if the preceding protagonists are brought together through accidental means. However, you will not be disappointed with it. Lowry never ceases to amaze me. There are so many depths of each of these books that it could be considered somewhat unappreciated.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some people say this book "sucks" . But, I say it is great and that those people are liars. Who cares if it didn't have the best ending, it is still one of my favorite series ever.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was really good overall. The ending dissappointed me alittle.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it
bluejacket7 More than 1 year ago
I have read "The Giver" and then "Gathering Blue." While I don't think this one lives up to "The Giver", it is a good book. What I love about Lois Lowry's books is her unique way of telling a story with a powerful message that every reader interprets a little bit differently. Each reader takes away what he or she needs most. Many reviews for "Messenger" say the ending was bad. I won't spoil anything - but this novel ends much the same as life. Not everything in life ends in rainbows and unicorns! Readers need to remember that these are COMPANION books - not a series. We, as well as authors and the publishing world, have conditioned readers to read only books in a series and we forget, again, that life doesn't always happen that way. Different people are living different lives all simultaneously. What started with "The Giver" is successfully carried out in this book. I am quite interested in reading the final companion book "Son." And I don't expect anything - which is the BEST way to read and often ends with the best surprises!
Skittlezzzz More than 1 year ago
Matty is now a teenager. He had came here as a baby, running away from his terrible village. He now lives with a blind man named Seer, he has 2 friends one named Ramon and one named Jean..Jean always teased him about giving him a kiss someday, but now her father wants to close off the village to all new comers.The blind man sends Matty on a dangerous journey to retrieve the blind man's daughter on the other side of the forest, before the village is closed off.Matty has been traveling the paths of the forest many times before, but the forest has not yet given him warnings. When he took off Jean finally kissed him. It takes Matty days to get to Kira (blind man's daughter). They begin to head back and Kira is wounded as well as Matty.They ignore the warnings knowing they have to keep going. The blind man asks the leader if he can tell him how they are doing. The leader would know this because he can see beyond as if his eyes are small but very powerful telescopes. Matty and Kira keep going, but both are severely injured...will they make it back?.......
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this disappointing because of the ending. It was'nt what i expected and i wish it ended differently. I realized that everything in the giver connected to the society Matty lived in. Like how Jonas was the leader of the village and the red sled was up on display and it was a very important object to the village. Worth reading but some points were very boring kinda like the rest of Lowery's books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Giver is my absolute favorite book, when I found out Gathering Blue was coming out I was very excited. It was a good book even though I missed Jonas. Then when I heard that Messenger was coming out and Jonas was in it I was estatic. I was extremely dissapointed with this book. It seemed like Jonas wasn't the same person, except once or twice in the whole book was he how I remembered him in The Giver. I was also dissapointed that Gabriel was only mentioned once in the whole book. I didn't think this book let the characters grow, and wasn't written as well as the previous two.
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Anonymous 5 months ago
Matty lives with blind man and has a secret power and he hopes leader will give him the name messanger he knows the forest very well and gose back to his old village and comes by his old friend kera and they head into the forest but dont know what is ahead of them.
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I havent read this yet but i did read the giver. Someone please please please list all the books in this series in order. Please. Respond to ImThatGirl please thanks
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lowry does an outstanding job of creating yet another community of secrets. She uses words in a brilliant way and brings tears to my heart!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good booooook. Warning: there was a review written on November 26 that spoils things, I accidentally read it before the book and I hope you dont make the same mistake if you haven't already read it. Disclaimer: this book review is not responsiblr for anyone who thinks my name is anonomous or Meow murf
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How does she write such good books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading Messenger and LOVED it! What I loved most about The Messenger was all the connections and sybolism. To me, Matty had a lot of similarities to Jesus. Whether you are religious or not, that is totally fine, though, and I don't want to discourage you from reading this if you're not. It's really just an inference I've made- it doesn't mention it anywhere in the book. I would reccomend this book to anyone who has read Gathering Blue and The Giver because Messenger doesn't really make sense unless you've read the first two. I felt the characters were real and easy to relate to, and that the setting was cleverly thought out. The book really makes you question yourself and ask: Is selfishness creeping into my heart or home? Hope this review helped! Enjoy Messenger : )
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I love the giver series Lois Lowry has made amazing books!
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