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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 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

Martin Eden by Jack London
Set in San Francisco, this is the story of Martin Eden, an impoverished seaman who pursues, obsessively and aggressively, dreams of education and literary fame.

South Sea Tales by Jack London
Set against the natural beauty of south sea islands and alive with the hazards of headhunters, sharks, storms and disease, these powerful short stories include "The Terrible Solomons," "The Whale Tooth," and "The Heathen."

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 Sea Wolf by Jack London
Wolf Larsen is a strong believer in the survival of the fittest, while Humphrey VanWeyden is a civilized man who is shocked by the cruelty of Larsen's nature. The struggle between the two begins when VanWeyden is rescued from a shipwreck by Larsen and forced into a life of slavery aboard the ship Ghost.

The Short Works of Jack London by Jack London
This collection includes "The Acorn-Planter," "Tales of the Fish Patrol," "The Scarlet Plague," and "Stories of Ships and the Sea."

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