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Book Discussion Guide: Son by Lois Lowry (Digital Download)

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Book Discussion Guide: Son by Lois Lowry (Digital Download)


Son is the final chapter in the Giver Quartet, returning to the community and the time when Jonas is named Receiver of Memory. This time, the story is told from the perspective of Claire, a young birthmother. After Claire delivers her “Product,” complications force her to give up her position. Worried about her “Product,” Claire makes inquiries and learns that she had a son. Filled with love for her child, Claire sets out on a quest to find him. Claire’s son is Gabe, the baby whom Jonas rescues in the first novel in the Giver Quartet.

Now that Gabe has grown into a young man, he feels an intense longing for the mother he never knew. When Gabe and Claire are finally reunited, evil reenters the village, threatening to separate them forever. It is up to Gabe to defeat the Trademaster and put an end to the evil once and for all. Son is new classic tale, showing the beauty of the gift of life, the love of a mother for her child, and the power of good over evil.

Recommended for high school.

Contents include:

  • Complete story summary
  • Teacher notes and discussion guide
  • Life Theme

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