by Lois Lowry
grades 6 & up
I don’t think anyone can read The Giver without wondering what happened to Jonas and Gabe. In her two successive books, Messenger and Gathering Blue, Ms. Lowry left us clues as to their future, but there were no definitive answers. Until now. Son is the story of Claire, Gabe’s birth mother. Left with an intense longing after he is born, Claire sets out to find Gabe after he and Jonas run away. Unfortunately she heads the wrong direction. This book is a satisfying conclusion to The Giver quartet. You must, must, must read The Giver first. It would help to read the other two as well, but you can skip to Son if you need to.