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The Giver by Lois Lowry
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The Giver (1993)

by Lois Lowry

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Series: The Giver Quartet (1)

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    chrisharpe: I see I am in a minority but, although the idea behind the book is a good one, The Giver struck me as quite clumsy. A much more effective exploration of similar themes is Huxley's "Brave New World".
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    FFortuna: The Giver is much darker, but are similar in premise.
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    Uglies by Scott Westerfeld (KamTonnes)
    KamTonnes: Uglies and The Giver both portray societies that limit conflict by having very specific rules, roles, and expectations for everyone. Also, in both stories, the main characters slowly start to question the values of their respective communities.
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    BookshelfMonstrosity: In these riveting, suspenseful and thought-provoking dystopian novels, 12-year-old boys learn from inspirational figures about the true nature of their repressive societies: Jonas, from the elderly Giver; Luke, from another hidden -- albeit, more privileged and knowledgeable -- "third child."… (more)
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This book is great to get the creative and critical thinking juices flowing! Jonas is very relatable to many young teens and helps to inspire readers to transform into strong, independent, people! ( )
  TaylorHaugen | Sep 17, 2017 |
The Giver is an interesting story about a young boy named Jonas who lives in a society free of crime and sadness. This society is completely different from what we know as the norm today as children are given a job they must do for the rest of their lives. Jonas is chosen as the new “Memory Keeper,” the one who holds all the bad and good memories of the past within himself. Character development is a huge part this story; this makes The Giver perfect for older students because it holds the attention of readers. Jonas transforms from a scared, dependent boy to a young man who risked his future to save his community. ( )
  dmrunn31916 | Sep 17, 2017 |
Loved it. Can't wait for the next book in the series. ( )
  Shellyyoung | Sep 14, 2017 |
Un libro molto particolare. Si legge facilmente, lo stile è semplice e scorrevole, ma alla fine ti lascia un senso i frustrazione.
Quella che nel libro è chiamata "Uniformità" può essere vista come una forma molto estrema di globalizzazione, con in più la mancanza totale di diversità, sentimenti e dolore.
Una società in cui gli umani sembrano più degli automi e che esseri viventi, in cui è tutto regolato e tutto pianificato, in odo che nessuno possa provare più il minimo dolore.
Ma non provare il minimo dolore significa non provre più alcun sentimento, e alla fine questo porta ad una non vita?
Un monito che l'autrice vuole darci sul futuro dell'umanità? Probabile, di sicuro è un libro che va letto e va fatto leggere, soprattutto ai ragazzi, perchè sono loro il futuro e devono cominciare a capire da subito la direzione che sta prendendo l'umanità.
A mio avviso, è stato davvero da irresponsabili censurare questo libro. ( )
  maxliscia | Aug 7, 2017 |
Jonas's world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the Community. When Jonas turns twelve, he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver.
  jhawn | Jul 31, 2017 |
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I first read this book in high school and recently re-read it after watching the movie. I forgot just how scary it is too read about a world so different from our own. It also made me thankful that we are able to have the choices that we have. This book is great for students because it teaches children to think outside of the box. They can imagine a world that is different from their own reality. This book could be used in a variety of different ways. For instance, students could have literature circles then create their own type of community.
 

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Lois Lowryprimary authorall editionscalculated
Ibatoulline, BagramIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rifkin, RonNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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It was almost December, and Jonas was beginning to be frightened.
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His mind reeled. Now, empowered to ask questions of utmost rudeness- and promised answers- he could, conceivably (though it was almost unimaginable), ask someone, some adult, his father perhaps: "Do you lie?" But he had no way of knowing if the answer he received were true.
We really have to protect people from wrong choices.
But everyone would be burdened and pained. They don't want that. And that's the real reason The Receiver is so vital to them, and so honored. They selected me-- and you--to lift that burden from themselves.
Jonas did not want to go back. He didn't want the memories, didn't want the honor, didn't want the wisdom, didn't want the pain. He wanted his childhood again, his scraped knees and ball games.
Sometimes I wish they'd ask for my wisdom more often-there are so many things I could tell them; things I wish they would change. But they don't want change. Life here is so orderly, so predictable-so painless. It's what they've chosen.
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This book is about Jonah who is trying to figure out what memories are since he is the receiver and the giver is giving them to him. The story takes place in post-apocalyptic world (I'm assuming). Jonah has to come to terms with release and the very culture that he exists in. There is a trilogy for this series, and I'm excited to read them. This book can be used for character, theme, and other story elements in a class.
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A black and white world

One boy holds the memories

Of colorful past

(Sundancer)

Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0440237688, Mass Market Paperback)

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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:06:46 -0400)

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Lowry's unforgettable tale introduces 12-year-old Jonas, who is singled out by the Community to be trained by The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of true pain and pleasure. Now it's time for Jonas to receiver the truth.

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