Messenger was written by Lois Lowry and published in 2004.



Six years earlier, Matty had come to Village as a scrappy and devious little boy. Back then, he liked to call himself "The Fiercest of the Fierce," but since that time, Matty has grown almost into a man under the care of Seer, a blind man whose special sight has earned him the name. Now Matty hopes that he will be given his true name, and he hopes it will be Messenger. But strange changes are taking place in VIllage. Once a utopian community that prided itself on its welcome to newcomers, Village will soon be closed to all outsiders. As one of the only people able to safely travel through dangerous Forest, Matty must deliver the message of Village's closing and try to convince Seer's daughter, Kira, to return with him before it's too late. But Forest has grown hostile to Matty too, and he must risk everything to fight his way through it, armed with an emerging power he cannot yet explain or understand.

Plot Summary Edit

Matty, the little boy from Gathering Blue has been living in Village for six years, with the blind man whose true name is Seer. Village is a safe place for those people who were cast out of other communities due to differences and maladies. Village has always been a welcome place to all who wish to live there, but lately, things have been changing. The people of village have slowly been trading away parts of themselves in order to make their lives better. Soon, the decision is made to close Village to outsiders, much to the disliking of Leader, the young man in charge of Village. Soon, Matty is sent by Seer to bring his daughter, Kira, to Village before the walls are closed. Can Matty get there in time? Will Matty's new-found power be enough to heal the problems of Village?

Main Characters Edit

  • Matty - A young man who dreams of getting his true name of "Messenger."
  • Seer - The blind man, once called Christopher. He lives with Matty and is the father of Kira.
  • Leader (Jonas) - A young man, in chrage of Village, the ability to "see beyond." The protangist of Giver.
  • Kira - Seer's daughter, the talented weaver from the book Gathering Blue
  • Mentor - The school teacher of Village who wants to close Village from further outsiders.

Memorable Quotes Edit

Teacher Evaluation Edit

Once again, Lois Lowry has come out with an excellent book and yet another look at a possible future society. This book does a great job of tying The Giver and Gathering Blue together, while still keeping with the mysterious theme of all three books. I love how the characters grow throughout the series and how peace and harmony despite people’s differences is the main theme in all three books. I truly believe that if you loved both The Giver and Gathering Blue, you will also love Messenger. I highly recommend it as a means to wrap up the series.

Additional Information Edit

This is the third and final book in The Trilogy by Lois Lowry. It takes characters from both The Giver and Gathering Blue and brings them all together for one last, great story. For more information on Lois Lowry and her other books, visit Lois Lowry's Website

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