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If You Like "The Giver," Try These Titles

Lois Lowry's Three Companion Books

Gathering Blue

Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry
Kira, who has a deformed leg, is orphaned and must learn to survive in a society that normally leaves the weak or disabled exposed to die in the fields. Because of Kira's gift for embroidery, the Council of Edifice keeps her around to mend and update a beautiful robe that shows the history of their society. Kira begins to learn the art of dyeing thread different colors, except for blue, which nobody in her community knows how to make. She also learns more about the truth of her village and the terrible secrets they hold.


Messenger by Lois Lowry
Matty has lived in Village and flourished under the guidance of Seer, a blind man known for his special sight. Village once welcomed newcomers, but something sinister has seeped into Village and the people have voted to close it to outsiders. Matty has been invaluable as a messenger. Now he must risk everything to make one last journey through the treacherous forest with his only weapon, a power he unexpectedly discovers within himself.


Son by Lois Lowry
In this Giver series finale, Lowry's epic tale ends in a final clash between good and evil. When Claire washed up on their shore, no one knew that she came from a society where emotions and colors didn't exist. She had become a Vessel at age 13 and carried a Product at 14 but it was stolen from her body. She had a son, but didn't know what became of him and could not forget him. Now Claire will stop at nothing to find her child, even if it means making an unimaginable sacrifice.

Read-alikes by Other Authors

City of the Dead by Tony Abbott
Derek Stone just turned fourteen. He's lived in New Orleans with his dad and older brother, Ronny, his whole life. He's a little overweight and can't hear well out of his left ear. And he's on the run from the dead.

Ghosts of the Titanic by Julie Lawson
Alternates between the tales of Angus Seaton, the youngest crew member on a boat recovering bodies from the Titanic wreckage in 1912, and Kevin Messenger, a modern-day class clown in Victoria, British Columbia, who helps lay a victim's spirit to rest.

Grave Secrets by Annette Cascone
Amanda maintains a pet cemetery in her backyard where she buries her dead pets, but when she and her friends prepare to bury a dead squirrel they find a grave with a doll in it, a discovery with links to a scary elderly neighbor.

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Deadtime stories

Legend of the Ghost Dog by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel
With her beagle Henry and her new friend Quin, twelve-year-old Tee is determined to solve the mystery of "the Shadow", the ghostly animal that is believed to haunt the Alaskan wilderness near her new home in Nome.

Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones by Alvin Schwartz
Storytellers know -- just as they have for hundreds and hundreds of years -- that everyone enjoys a good, scary story!

The Bone Magician by F. E. Higgins
With his father, a fugitive, falsely accused of multiple murders and the real serial killer stalking the wretched streets of Urbs Umida, Pin Carpue, a young undertaker's assistant, investigates and soon discovers that all of the victims may have attended the performance of a stage magician who claims to be able to raise corpses and make the dead speak.

The Boy of a Thousand Faces by Brian Selznick
Obsessed with horror films, ten-year-old Alonzo dreams of transforming himself into "The Boy of a Thousand Faces" and gets his wish in an unexpected way.

The Crossroads by Chris Grabenstein
When eleven-year-old Zack Jennings moves to Connecticut with his father and new stepmother, they must deal with the ghosts left behind by a terrible accident, as well as another kind of ghost from Zack's past.

The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall by Mary Downing Hahn
n the nineteenth century, ten-year-old Florence Crutchfield leaves a London orphanage to live with her great-uncle, great-aunt, and sickly cousin James, but she soon realizes the home has another resident, who means to do her and James harm.

The Green Man by Michael Bedard
Spending the summer with her antiques store-owner aunt, who has recently suffered a heart attack, Ophelia lends assistance in her once fiercely independent aunt's neglected home and store before discovering long-buried family secrets.

The House Where Nobody Lived by Brad Strickland
Twelve-year-old Lewis and his best friend Rose Rita investigate a strange old house in their home town and discover that they may be dealing with powerful ancient Hawaiian spirits.

There's a Dead Person Following My Sister Around by Vivian Vande Velde
Eleven-year-old Ted becomes concerned and intrigued when his five-year-old sister Vicki begins receiving visits from two female ghosts.

Till Death Do Us Bark by Kate Klise
In this story told mostly through letters, Noah Breth's feuding children come to Ghastly, Illinois, to follow a trail of limericks to their inheritance, while Seymour tries to convince Iggy and Olive to let him keep Mr. Breth's dog.

Visions by Eric Walters
Robert and Mark are twin brothers who reluctantly accompany their scientist mother on an Arctic island expedition to observe muskoxen. What starts out as a boring and difficult holiday turns into an amazing, thrilling adventure.

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