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Author Lois Lowry

Before "Harry Potter" and "The Hunger Games" there was "The Giver." Author Lois Lowry and her readers became so invested in the dystopian world she created in that novel that three more followed. The latest -- and reportedly last -- in the series, "Son," was recently published. Kojo talks with the award-winning children's and young adult author about her prolific career.

Watch The Book Trailer For 'Son'

Told in three separate story lines, Lois Lowry's "Son" combines elements from the first three novels in her Giver Quartet -- "The Giver" (1994 Newbery Medal winner), "Gathering Blue" and "Messenger" —- into a breathtaking, thought-provoking narrative that wrestles with ideas of human freedom.

Lois Lowry Speaks At The 2009 National Book Festival

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Check Out This 1999 Profile Of The Late, Great Juan Gabriel

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Northeast Farmers Grapple With Worst Drought In More Than A Decade

This year, many fields are bone dry — and that has many farmers in the region thinking about how to manage their land, their animals and the water that is there.
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State Taxes, School Budgets And The Quality Of Public Education

Budget cutbacks have made it impossible for many states to finance their public schools. But some have bucked the trend by increasing taxes and earmarking those funds for education. Taxes, spending and the quality of public education.

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Scientists Looking For Alien Life Investigate 'Interesting' Signal From Space

Russian astronomers detected an unusual radio signal last year. The SETI Institute says it's too soon to say whether the signal came from intelligent life-forms — but researchers are checking it out.

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