Messenger by Lois Lowry, 2004 first edition, The Giver Quartet.


Written by Lois Lowry. First edition, April 2004. Walter Lorraine Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Company.

Lois Lowry (1937- ) has been awarded two Newbery Medals: Number the Stars and The Giver. The Giver is the first book in what became The Giver Quartet, followed by Gathering Blue, Messenger, and Son.

The New York Times described The Giver Quartet as "less a speculative fiction than a kind of guide for teaching children (and their parents, if they’re listening carefully) how to be a good person."

Messenger takes places eight years after The Giver and tells the story of Matty, who we first meet in Gathering Blue. Matty now lives in Village, a utopian community of compassionate people, under the guidance of Seer. Once welcoming to newcomers, they perceive a dark force encroaching on the community and decide to close Village to outsiders. Matty, who once fancied himself "the Fiercest of the Fierce", and now a Messenger, is sent to spread the word of the community's closure to outsiders and discovers his gift for healing.

Lois Lowry has written over 30 books and has been nominated three times for the Hans Christian Andersen award, the highest honor in children's literature.
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Condition: Fine/Very Good. The dust jack shows mild shelf wear and a small tear on the front, upper edge.

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