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Strange changes are taking place in Village. Once a utopian community that prided itself on its welcome to new strangers, Village will soon be closed to all outsiders. As one of the few people able to...
Strange changes are taking place in Village. Once a utopian community that prided itself on its welcome to new strangers, Village will soon be closed to all outsiders. As one of the few people able to...
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  • Strange changes are taking place in Village. Once a utopian community that prided itself on its welcome to new strangers, Village will soon be closed to all outsiders. As one of the few people able to travel through the dangerous Forest, Matty must deliver the message of Village's closing and try to convince Seer's daughter to return with him before it's too late. But Forest has become hostile to Matty as well, and he must risk everything to fight his way through it, armed only with an emerging power he cannot yet explain or understand.

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  • DOGO Books 5snewman - 3/11/13 This is one of my all time favorites. It is the second book after The Giver. It is about a boy called Mattie who lives in a village where everyone is safe and well. He lives with a old blind man called Seer. Mattie is noticing something different though, some people are acting strange, they don't want new people to live there. Mattie has a secret power, he can heal things. He heals 2 dogs and a frog. The Village is closing. He is sent on a mission to post flyers that state that. As he goes through the treacherous Forest, he gets his friend Kira the Seer's daughter. As they go back, they get stuck in Forest. Then Mattie makes the ultimate sacrifice. He uses his power to heal everybody and because of that, he dies. It is a sad but good story.
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    Starred review from February 16, 2004
    Lowry masterfully presents another thought-provoking, haunting tale in this third novel, a companion to The Giver
    and Gathering Blue
    . Matty, the scruffy thief from Gathering Blue
    , lives with the blind man called Seer and helps him around the house. Now an educated young adult, Matty delivers messages for Leader, the head of Village, traversing the sometimes inhospitable Forest. On one such mission, he discovers that he has the power to heal. Meanwhile, sinister attitudes begin to infiltrate his formerly tolerant Village—most notably in Mentor, the man who "tamed" Matty—and to threaten the principles on which it was founded. While Lowry intertwines compelling threads from past novels (readers discover what happened to Jonas, and that Kira also has a connection to Village), this story more than stands on its own. The author revisits some of the themes of her previous novels (the cost of striving for physical perfection; the benefits of inclusion), and takes them to another level. Because she continues to work in allegorical terms, her lessons about the effects of consumerism on society and the importance of knowing one's history never feel teacherly; instead, she allows readers to come to their own conclusions. And Matty himself, once a taker, in many ways brings the series full circle, becoming the Village citizen who offers the greatest gift. Ages 12-up.

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