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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

A Dog's Way Home by Bobbie Pyron
After a car accident strands them at opposite ends of the Blue Ridge Parkway, eleven-year-old Abby and her beloved sheltie Tam overcome months filled with physical and emotional challenges to find their way back to each other.

Call of the Klondike: A True Gold Rush Adventure by David Meissner
Using letters written to their families, newspaper clippings and other primary documents, the author shares a true and riveting tale of two young men who followed the millions who made the perilous journey to the Klondike to find their fortune.

Jason's Gold by Will Hobbs
When news of the discovery of gold in Canada's Yukon Territory in 1897 reaches fifteen-year-old Jason, he embarks on a 10,000-mile journey to strike it rich.

Ordinary Dogs, Extraordinary Friendships: Stories of Loyalty, Courage, and Compassion by Pam Flowers
Flowers shares the positive canine character traits she has observed in her 32 years of working with dogs. Eleven spellbinding and valuable stories of wisdom, joy, friendship, concern, loyalty, courage, sadness, and even good judgment.

Summer of the Wolves by Polly Carlson-Voiles
In the wilderness lake country of northern Minnesota, an orphaned twelve-year-old girl and a wolf pup share a rare bond.

The Trap by John E. Smelcer
In alternating chapters, seventeen-year-old Johnny Least-Weasel, who is better known for brains than brawn, worries about his missing grandfather, and the grandfather, Albert Least-Weasel, struggles to survive, caught in his own steel trap in the Alaskan winter.

Woodsong by Gary Paulsen
For a rugged outdoor man and his family, life in northern Minnesota is a wild experience involving wolves, deer, and the sled dogs that make their way of life possible. Includes an account of the author's first Iditarod, a dogsled race across Alaska.

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