Lois Lowry's Blog
The Giver...(or not?)
This is a very clever bit of marketing in Spain. The cover of the book looks, as you can see, as if it is called THE GIVER. But in much smaller print, at the top, it says (in Spanish) Book III; MESSENGER. So it is actually the book MESSENGER, the third in the Giver trilogy. A little deceptive? But aside from that quibble, I do like this jacket. Was a bit troubled, though, to leaf through the pages (I don't read Spanish) and find that the character named Kira has been re-named Nora. Wonder why. Does Kira have bad connotations in Spanish? And I don't remember seeing a Book II, in which Kira (Nora in Spain) is the main character. Presumably there IS a Book II (otherwise, why would there be Book III?)---but it will be very confusing to readers if the girl is called Kira in that one.
Well, there are more important things to worry about. World peace. The stock market.