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The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Giver (original 1993; edition 1993)

by Lois Lowry

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Title:The Giver
Authors:Lois Lowry
Info:Houghton Mifflin Books for Children (1993), Kindle Edition, 192 pages
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The Giver by Lois Lowry (1993)

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I really liked this book. Firstly I really loved the world that everyone lived in. I think a controlled environment like theirs is so interesting. For example, the elders were the only ones who were allowed to make choices for everyone. No one had their own say in what they wanted to do or say. Something that was weird to me was that you had to take a pill whenever you caught sexual feelings because those were not allowed. Also, another example of things that were weird to me in this story was you had to apologize after doing anything "bad" such as breaking curfew. Although I found all of this weird and strange, it really made me think, "what if life was really like this?" and I think that that is another great thing about this book --it really makes you think and compare the life in the book to our current society.

The big message of this book is to be appreciative for all that you have and are blessed with because things could be a lot worse. We are blessed with the ability to make our own decisions even though we complain about having to make them regularly. I would rather have to make difficult decisions than to have someone decide them for me. ( )
  LexaGoldbeck | May 4, 2015 |
I disliked this book a lot, I felt it was very dry and boring. I did however like the message that even being the "all-knowing" receiver, everything doesn't happen the way they wanted too. The book follows Jonas and Jonas' family. We also learn about the community as a whole. Family units must apply for children, spouses do not get to choose one another but, instead, are matched, and grandparents do not exist. Everything about this story was weird to me. ( )
  sceres1 | May 4, 2015 |
Life is much different than what we live now and everyone must live according to strict rules and guidelines. At the age of eleven everyone is given jobs they must do for the rest of their lives and Jonas receives a very prestigious one called the receiver. To do his job Jonas must collect all the memories from the past that the giver possess, good, bad, scary, everything. Jonas must keep these memories only to himself and not share them with anyone, although in the end he shares them.

Teaching Ideas: class activity where everyone must live as they did in the book. Debate on that lifestyle versus ours today
  aehunter | May 4, 2015 |
I really liked this book. The first reason I liked this book was because of the made up world the author created. For example, in this world no one had choices. The elders of the community made the choices for all the citizens. I found this very interesting because of how controlled their society is. Another example in this made up world were the rules that the citizens had to follow, such as apologizing after misbehaving, curfew, and taking pills to remove sexual feelings. The second reason I liked this book was because of the main character Jonas’ emotions. For example, when Jonas found out that during releases his father kills the babies he could not control his emotions. “He killed it! My father killed it!” Jonas was so upset that his father lied to him. “Once he had yearned for choice. Then, when he had a choice, he had made the wrong one: the choice to leave. And now he was starving.” Jonas hated the thought of having choices made for him but after he left he realized why choices were made for the citizens. The big message of this story is that we should be thankful that we make choices on our own and live our lives our way. ( )
  KinderelHodgson | May 4, 2015 |
I read all four books in The Giver Quartet in succession in about a week. This is definitely one to make you think about the government, religious, politics, emotions and life in any society. I didn't think I was going to enjoy it as I had to get it out of Juvenile section of the library, but boy was I wrong! Definitely a series I will read with my kids one day and I would recommend it for everyone. Messenger was my favorite in the series, but I think they are all must reads! ( )
  katherineemilysmith | May 4, 2015 |
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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
Lowry, Loismain 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.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:25:11 -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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