Rylie read The Giver by Lois Lowry several months ago, and is now reading it in school with her class. She begged me to read it too. I finally did, and what a good book. If you search it on the web, some people have very strong opinions of it's "message". But after reading a blog by the author http://www.loislowry.com, she really had no "message" other then to have the reader enjoy a story, love - or dislike - the characters, and want to read on.
Now I am reading Gathering Blue. Rylie is yelling at me to hurry and finish so we may 'discuss' my view on the book. She always asks, "Are you to the part where _____________ happens?" "Hurry mom!"
The next book in the 'series' is The Messenger. Where the first two books are tied together. Rylie is anxious for me to read it soon!
Lois Lowry even writes children's books. I bought Goonie Bird Green a few years ago for Christmas, not realizing it was by the same author. Cute book.