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Giveway: The Complete Giver Quartet!

As many of you know (particularly those of you who have been keeping up with this blog for years), one of the bookish causes dearest to me is Censorship/Book Banning Awareness.  I try to argue for open-mindedness whenever & wherever necessary, which means I’m often fighting against censorship in its many and varied forms.  Yes, censorship is still very much alive.

This is why, every year, I participate in Banned Books Week and why, for a long time, I hosted a regular meme called “Saturdays, Uncensored.”

This year, I am happy to participate in a Giveaway for Banned Books Week.  But, I am also excited to offer a supplementary giveaway of THE GIVER QUARTET.

Lois Lowry’s The Giver literally changed my life.  I know that might sound a bit over-the-top, but it’s true.  I read the book for the first time when I was twelve, and I have read it numerous times since.  Its message, one of tolerance, individuality, and acceptance, is deeply profound.  It is a message still important, after all these years.  More than that, though, The Giver was the first book I read that I actually loved.  It opened up this whole new world to me and now, nearly twenty years later, here I am, an out-and-out “reader” to the nth degree.

Today, the long-anticipated fourth and final book in The Giver quartet, Son, goes on sale.  In celebration of its release + the fact that it is Banned Books Week (and this book is often challenged), I wanted to do something special for my subscribers and offer up one complete set of The Giver quartet in hardcover!  The series, though not LGBT related, does also fit into the theme of our The Literary Others event, in that it encourages compassion and respect for those who may be different from us.

So, there you have it.  All four books in the series, in the beautiful hardback editions pictured above, could be yours!

Prize Details:

The Giver by Lois Lowry (The Giver Quartet #1)

Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry (The Giver Quartet #2)

Messenger by Lois Lowry (The Giver Quartet #3)

Son by Lois Lowry (The Giver Quartet #4)


1. Be 13+ (with parental permission to enter if under 13).

2. Be a subscriber of this blog.

–You can subscribe by e-mail (right-side menu) or through WordPress (if a member).

3. Fill out THIS FORM. (Giveaway has ended)

4. Winner will need to respond to my e-mail within 48 hours or new winner will be selected.

5. One entry per person. Multiple entries will disqualify you.

6. International.

You can earn additional entries (see Entry Form) by:

(+1) – Following me on Twitter (@RoofBeamReader)

(+1) – Liking my Facebook Page (Click Here)

(+2) – Tweeting this Message:  @RoofBeamReader is giving away The Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry! Visit and enter for your chance to win all 4 books!

That’s it! Good Luck!  

Banned Books Week ends on October 6th, so that will be the last day I take entries for this giveaway.

Book Review, Classics, Creative Non-Fiction, Dave Pelzer, Fantasy, John Steinbeck, Literature, Lois Lowry, Madeleine L'Engle, T.C. Boyle, Thomas Hardy

Reviews: The Earlies Part 3

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

Really fun. And interesting. One of the best young-adult fantasy novels, I think.

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Not my favorite of Steinbecks work, but considering Steinbeck is an incredible Americcan author, that’s not saying much to the negative. It is a great story and very well written. Certainly interesting commentary on early prejudices toward the mentally handicapped.

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Nearly flawless.  Beautiful “young adult” about the dangers of oppressive conformity and thought control. Be yourself!

The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

This is one of the first truly literary giants I completed, and one which helped me to define myself as a literature student. Getting through this novel and, more importantly, enjoying it ..well, yay for Hardy. Thanks for turning me into a literature student.

The Lost Boy by Dave Pelzer

Wow. Tragic and heartbreaking. Beautiful, honest prose. Disturbing and haunting true story.

The Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle

Very moving story but Boyle seems wrapped up in his own style. That is to say, he comes across as quite pretentious. It distracts the reader from what should be a powerful and painfully truthful story.