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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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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)

 
  "the giver"by anderson2 (see profile) 05/21/13

 
  "Good Discussion"by NRPublicLibrary (see profile) 04/17/13

There was a very interesting discussion about this book.

 
  "Great Book"by psbbk (see profile) 04/08/09

I read this book because my daughter's 6th grade teacher is having the class read it after spring break. I thought I would get a head start to help her and I picked the book up and read it in a couple... (read more)

 
  "Lois Lowry at her best!"by dmc1230 (see profile) 07/07/08

I have been a middle school teacher for almost 30 years and I teach this book to my 8th graders. Rarely does a book generate so much discussion and such thoughtful queries. I am not a big science fiction... (read more)

 
  "Very good! Easy Read-great discussion"by aaakre (see profile) 03/11/08

This is an easy read but opens up many areas for discussion. It was our first book club book and it was a great opener.

 
  "Great book for people of ALL ages and backgrounds."by joleen (see profile) 05/18/07

We held two different book club discussion events for this book and we had a great group each time (work place discussion at a large university in the midwest). People were really excited about the book... (read more)

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