The Giver

The Giver

Here is one of the most powerful books of our time for young readers. It's a world of order and harmony. A Committee of Elders is responsible for the matching of spouses, the naming and placement of new children and the assignments of the adult roles . Elders are released. Jonas is about to turn twelve and when he does he will be given his assignment. It turns out Jonas is not assigned-he is selected. He will be the Receiver of Memory. He will train alone and apart from the community. He may ask questions of any citizen. He can no longer take the medicine that will relieve his pain; he can no longer tell his dreams; he may lie; he may not ask to be released. Is this truly the perfect world everyone believes it to be? This book is the 1994 Newbery Medal winner

240 pages 978-0544336261 Ages 11 and up


The Giver, the 1994 Newbery Medal winner, has become one of the most influential novels of our time. The haunting story centers on twelve-year-old Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community. Lois Lowry has written three companion novels to The Giver, including Gathering Blue, Messenger, and Son.--from the publisher

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(Updated: February 08, 2013)
Interesting book that lets you imagines a culture very different from our own. The idea that you are assigned your adult role in life is scary compared to our culture that allows you to decide for yourself.
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