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The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Giver (1993)

by Lois Lowry

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Series: The Giver Quartet (1)

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    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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The story follows a young boy as he is about to enter what his community considers adulthood by turning 12 and gaining a life assignment. His community is built upon conformity, rules, zero questions ask and structure. No one in the community questions why they live the way they live. That is until Jonas gains his life assignment to become the next Receiver of Memory. This life assignment requires Jonas to hold all memories that have been passed down through the generations that tell of past much forgotten. During his training, Jonas is introduce to emotions, colors, new experiences passed down to him by the former Receiver now called the Giver. Throughout his training, Jonas's bond grows with the Giver even though he starts to question everything he has been taught and how life is lived. The Giver and Jonas decide to break society rules by having Jonas leave in order for the community to experience all the memories that both hold in hopes of creating a better future. Jonas ends up having to leave earlier than planned due to a unforeseen situation that forces him to leave the community with a baby. He travels with the baby to find the land called "Elsewhere". The journey becomes a struggle and before he can find the new place, Jonas starts to hilucanate about riding down a hill on a sleigh. The books ends as he and baby Gabe are still riding down the hill. This book gets a reader so caught up that it is easy to read the book in two days. You become staked in Jonas's journey as he learns that life has not always been the same. I am not particularly found of the ending, but my reading preference leans more towards happy ending books. Though I would say that the ending fit the book perfect. I would use this book as a whole class read or as a book club book. It would be good during the whole class read to have students do analysis of the characters throughout the book. This book could also be used to introduce book summaries. The students could write a chapter summary after each read and then combine the summaries to create larger one.
  LaurenBrow | Sep 21, 2016 |
The Giver is one of my favorite books. Because it is told from a first person point of view, it takes a high amount of refection and analysis to understand the plot. This novel warns the world in a classic "be careful what you wish for" manner. The reader will feel liberated along with the main character, Jonas, when Jonas finds his way out of his predictably safe community.
  erindunton | Sep 11, 2016 |
This book is a great fantasy book that every student should read in the classroom. This book has a lot of hidden messages and is very symbolical. To get the full potential of everything this book has to offer, there should be a lot of teacher guided discussion among the class. It shows how life could be without memories and shows us how important they are. ( )
  ShelbyV | Sep 11, 2016 |
What an amazing story... It's a short and quick read - took me only 3 days to read the book cover to cover.... The story is written so well. My heart ached for poor Jonas and The Giver. I highly recommend this book. ( )
  Bubamdk | Sep 9, 2016 |
While there are many lessons that are to be learned from The Giver, I would not necessarily recommend it for an elementary school classroom. Themes such as kindness, acceptance, and love are prevalent throughout the novel, but so are concepts such as the killing of babies and the elderly. For this reason, I would save this book for middle school students, or maybe even high schoolers.
  SarrahNowland | Sep 4, 2016 |
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Despite occasional logical lapses, "The Giver," a powerful and provocative novel, is sure to keep older children reading. And thinking.
added by Aerrin99 | editNew York Times, Karen Ray (Oct 31, 1993)

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Lois Lowryprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ibatoulline, BagramIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rifkin, RonNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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It was almost December, and Jonas was beginning to be frightened.
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


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.

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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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