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The Giver
by Lois Lowry

Published: 2002-09-10
Mass Market Paperback : 192 pages
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Lois Lowry’s The Giver is the quintessential dystopian novel, followed by its remarkable companions, Gathering Blue, Messenger, and Son.Jonas's world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear of pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the com...
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Introduction

Lois Lowry’s The Giver is the quintessential dystopian novel, followed by its remarkable companions, Gathering Blue, Messenger, and Son.

Jonas's world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear of pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the community. When Jonas turns 12 he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.

Editorial Review

In a world with no poverty, no crime, no sickness and no unemployment, and where every family is happy, 12-year-old Jonas is chosen to be the community's Receiver of Memories. Under the tutelage of the Elders and an old man known as the Giver, he discovers the disturbing truth about his utopian world and struggles against the weight of its hypocrisy. With echoes of Brave New World, in this 1994 Newbery Medal winner, Lowry examines the idea that people might freely choose to give up their humanity in order to create a more stable society. Gradually Jonas learns just how costly this ordered and pain-free society can be, and boldly decides he cannot pay the price.

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Why did Lois Lowry write this book for the audience age she did?
What is the biggest thing missing in this safe, sameness, community?
How do you think the book would end if you were to complete it and why?
by mrblock (see profile) 08/19/14

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by cebecraft (see profile) 07/31/14
The Giver was great material to discuss at book club. We were able to compare it to more recent books that have also included a dystopian story line. Its a short easy read and would offer a fair amount of topics for discussion.

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by Lauramay (see profile) 08/21/14

 
  "The Giver"by mrblock (see profile) 08/19/14

Our book club had a very long and intense discussion of this book. The Giver (Receiver) is the only one to retain all the memories (both the good, pleasurable, the bad and the painful ones). It is the... (read more)

 
  "The Giver"by Lynnettam (see profile) 08/11/14

An easy read that makes you think about status quo, and whether it is better to live life to its fullest or to live it safely.

 
  "All who read this book will be forced to think about how they live their lives!"by thewanderingjew (see profile) 08/11/14

This book was suggested to me, because of its excellence, by someone associated with a children’s book review site, http://www.sweetonbooks.com/. When I began the book, I had this question... (read more)

 
by lovebargains70 (see profile) 08/11/14

 
  "thought provoking"by Karmenk6 (see profile) 08/11/14

Excellent book. Very interesting concept.

 
by cebecraft (see profile) 07/31/14

 
by lmh3727 (see profile) 05/27/14

 
by jmbays (see profile) 04/15/14

 
  "one of our best discussions"by cindywiser (see profile) 02/07/14

"The Giver" generated one of the best discussions we've had in our Book Club. People were passionate about the ideas in the book and the feelings they generated. "The Giver" is coming out as a movie... (read more)

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