Lois Lowry's The Giver won the Newbery Medal in 1994 for its thought-provoking exploration of a world without choices. Then came Gathering Blue and Messenger, which explore the same haunting themes. Technically for children, these books and the questions they invoke have intrigued readers of all ages. Lowry, who celebrates her 76th birthday on March 20, recently concluded The Giver quartet with the publication of Son. Set in the same familiar world, Son follows a 14-year-old birth mother's quest to find her child after he is taken from her. This thrilling conclusion to an acclaimed series once again raises fascinating questions and offers a powerful message about hope and the nature of love.