Cool Brains! Inprint Readings for Young People
Meet the author!
October 14, 2012
3 pm (doors open at 2:30 pm)
Johnston Middle School
10410 Manhattan Drive
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Bestselling children’s author Lois Lowry will make a presentation about her new book Son (perfect for ages 10 and up), the fourth and final book in The Giver series. After her presentation there will be a Q&A with the audience, followed by a book sale and signing, giving families a chance to visit with Ms. Lowry.
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Lois Lowry, 75-years-young, is the beloved author of more than 30 children’s and young adult books, including two Newbery Medal winners, Number the Stars and The Giver. She returns to read in October for Cool Brains!, from her latest novel, Son, the fourth and final book in The Giver series. Asked why she wrote this fourth book more than 15 years after The Giver was published, Lowry replied that for years readers have been asking her what happened to Gabriel. Finally, she set out to write his story, and that led to the creation of his birthmother, Claire.
The result is a riveting tale which brings together characters from the previous three books―Gabriel, Jonas, the receiver in The Giver, and Kira from Gathering Blue. The story contrasts the controlled dystopian society with one that is technologically backwards, yet rife with human drama. Lowry addresses questions of human freedom and good versus evil with a deft hand and light touch, spinning a great adventure story and giving readers a new hero. The entire quartet has been redesigned in honor of this long-anticipated finale.
The New York Times called The Giver “a powerful and provocative novel,” and Kirkus Reviews said, “In a radical departure from her realistic fiction and comic chronicles of Anastasia, Lowry creates a chilling, tightly controlled future society where all controversy, pain, and choice have been expunged, each childhood year has its privileges and responsibilities, and family members are selected for compatibility.”
Lowry says of her books, which include The Anastasia Series, The Sam Series, The Tate Series and The Looney Bird Series, “it seems that all of them deal, essentially, with the same general theme: the importance of human connections… I am a grandmother now. For my own grandchildren--and for all those of their generation--I try, through writing, to convey my passionate awareness that we live intertwined on this planet and that our future depends upon our caring more, and doing more, for one another.”