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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

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

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

Alaska by James Michener
Moving from Alaskan prehistory to Russian exploration to acquisition by the United States, this richly detailed historical novel chronicles the high points of Alaska's history through the lives of fictional and historical characters.

Arctic Fire by Stephen Frey
Troy Jensen, who sailed solo around the world and conquered the seven summits, fell off a crab boat called Arctic Fire and drowned in the Bering Sea. Troy's brother doesn't buy the story and heads to Alaska to uncover the truth.

Caribou Island by David Vann
When the construction of their dream cabin on an isolated Alaskan island is interrupted by an early Arctic winter, Gary and Irene find their marriage unraveling as they become stranded with their daughter, Rhoda, who watches helplessly as her parents drift further apart.

Dead North: An Alaska Mystery by Sue Henry
While driving a friend's RV to Alaska, Jessie Arnold picks up a teenage runaway named Patrick. He disappears and shortly thereafter Jessie is stopped and interrogated by police in connection with two murders they believe Patrick is responsible for.

My One Square Inch of Alaska by Sharon Short
A high school senior caring for her younger brother and his mute Siberian Husky packs up their car and sets out for Alaska in an effort to find inspiration and follow her dreams.

Odyssey to the North: North-Western Stories by Jon Tuska
The great Gold Rush to Alaska that began in 1897 gave birth to the North-Western story. These stories, each by a master of North-Western fiction, span a century.

Ordinary Wolves by Seth Kantner
A white boy is raised among natives on the harsh Alaskan tundra.

Restless in the Grave by Dana Stabenow
Aleut private investigator Kate Shugak and Alaska State Trooper Liam Campbell team up when Liam needs Kate's help to clear his wife of the murder of a wealthy aviation entrepreneur.

Sixteen in Nome by Max Brand
Hugh Massey is owner of Alexander the Great, the most famous husky in Alaska. It was rumored that Massey cared for nothing in the world except his dog and a chance to murder the man he hated with an inextinguishable rage. Joe May became the instrument that Massey needed to lure his enemy into a deadly trap. Thus begins an epic tale of a dogsled trek across Alaska.

The Call of the Wild, White Fang and Other Stories by Jack London
This edition includes "The Call of the Wild," "White Fang" and five famous short stories -- "Batard," "Moon-Face," "Brown Wolf," "That Spot" and "To Build a Fire."

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
Alaska is a brutal place to homestead in 1920, and especially tough for recent arrivals Jack and Mabel. Childless, they are drifting apart. In a moment of levity during the season's first snowfall, they build a child out of snow. The next morning the snow child is gone -- but they glimpse a young, blonde girl running through the trees.

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