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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.
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.
Earlier this month, the House of Representatives passed the 21st Century Cures Act in a rare bi-partisan effort. The bill is meant to speed the development of lifesaving treatments, but critics warn it may also allow ineffective or even harmful drugs onto the market.