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As a piece of literature, I think that THE GIVER has much more depth than
most of Lowry's other books--including NUMBER THE STARS.  Both are
excellent books but THE GIVER represents more of a literary risk for her
as an author.  I am glad for us that she took that risk and that it was
so rewarded.  It is easily my favorite Lowry book, followed by AUTUMN
STREET.  Both of these have more appeal for mature readers than her other
books.  Personally, I think a "meatier" piece of literature about the
Holocaust is Jane Yolen's DEVIL'S ARITHMETIC.

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