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The word makes me feel as if I should start singing "Sweet Adeline."  But here they are: the four books that now comprise The Giver Quartet.

 

 

It's surprising to see how much fatter the fourth book is than the others, perhaps because it encompasses fourteen years so there was a lot of material to cover, a lot of plot, and all the main characters from the first three books.  The new jackets are quite beautiful, I think. The official publication date of "Son" is October 1st so this is just a preview.

I am preparing to go back to Massachusetts next weekend. The nights are chilly, now...I went to the funky little local department store, Reny's, and bought some flannel pajames recently. My grandsons go back to school...sixth grade and ninth grade...tomorrow. This past weekend they were here and I was pleased to see the older boy head home with a volume of Asimov stories under his arm.

I have also created...or actually hired someone to create...a bit of history. After reading the local historical society's account of the origin of this properrty, one of the first farms in the area, I hired a local creative genius to make me a sign, whihc he delivered yesterday. It is sitting in the barn because this fall the house and barn will be painted, and then the sign will go up over the door of the barn.

Thanks to Craig Jud, who made this masterpiece.

It is hard to pack up.  This has been a glorious summer, with almost non-stop beautiful weather, and with lots of good company. But I'm fortunate; I go back to my other house, other town, and will be with loads of good friends there as well.  I have work to do, and travel in store, and as I set out to make stops around the country in October I will be seeing lots of old friends, I think, and making new ones.

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Jane Hinrichs Monday, 03 September 2012

Dear Lois, I am blessed to be an Amazon Vine Reviewer which means I often get to read books before they officially get on the market. I just finished "Son." It is beautiful and lovely and such an incredible way to end this series (though I so would love a book about Claire and Eiden ...did I spell his name right? Can't remember). The way you wove the other books and the history of this entire series into this book is absolutely miraculous. I have told so many people to read these books -- now I will tell them the fourth! It truly is a masterpiece. I have six children and I homeschool my almost 13 year old. I read this book outloud to him over a period of 3 days. Today we should have done other schoolwork but I just had to read the end of it. I love the ending. I won't spoil it here. It is the ending I was hoping for but I knew another outcome could have happened.

Thank you for sharing your gift with the world. Wow, wow, wow. I am honored and humbled that I got to read this before so many others. Please keep writing. Please give us another book very soon!!!! Thank you.

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Susan Lynn Meyer Monday, 03 September 2012

I am eagerly waiting for this book!

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Lori Lusk Monday, 03 September 2012

So am I as are my students from last year! They keep coming up and asking me if it has been released yet. lol

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Piper Monday, 03 September 2012

Can't wait to read it :)

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Mark Tuesday, 04 September 2012

Dear Lois,
We are eagerly preparing for the Hawaii debut of THE GIVER on stage at Kennedy Theatre. The cast (ages 10 to 70) has thoroughly enjoyed reading the first book in your "quartet" as we've been immersing ourselves in "The Giver." I am eager to share with them this great news about "Son." Thank you so much.

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Kristin Thursday, 06 September 2012

I eagerly anticipate the release of "Son" in October. The covers pictured above are beautiful - it appears that I can find "The Giver" and "Son" with those covers; will "Gathering Blue" and "Messenger" also be released with those covers pictured above?
I look forward to reading the quartet in its entirety this fall!
Kristin

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We just finished our 7th grade curriculum night last night and I spoke to 100 or so parents. We read and discuss The Giver in April and I noted that the book and the unit are my favorite, truly. I encouraged the parents to read the book and I can hardly wait for Son to be released - I know it's coming and I will snap up a set of four, even though I really only need the new book. I am eagerly looking forward to seeing you and hearing your perspective when you come to town in October!

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