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The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Giver (original 1993; edition 2006)

by Lois Lowry

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Title:The Giver
Authors:Lois Lowry
Info:Delacorte Books for Young Readers (2006), Paperback, 208 pages
Collections:Your library, Read in 2012
Tags:Young Adult, Dystopia, Fiction

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The Giver by Lois Lowry (1993)

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This story follows a 12 year old boy named Jonas who seems to live in a Utopian world. Jonas is selected to be the next "Receiver of Memory," which is the person who stores all of the memories before the Sameness. While Jonas was learning the role and responsibility of the "Receiver", Jonas felt the world he lives in is unbearable. At last he chose to leave that community.
This is a great novel whose genre is science fiction, because the story talks about the future. It describes a Utopia in the future based on reasonable imagination
Thee story impressed me a lot because it seems like describing a Utopia, but a dystopia. I begin to think which kind of world is people real want: a grey world without pain, sorrow and any other feelings, or a colourful world with painful and sorrow memories? I think the answer is obvious. However, there may be some people think the first world is beneficial for people's living and the world's development. That is a controversial question for me that needs to be kept thinking.
Comments on use:
Introducing the features of the specific genre science fiction;
leading students to a fantasy world which seems like a realistic world;
Encourage them to think about the future world and people's life under the highly developed society.
Age appropriateness:
middle school
  ShanGao | Apr 23, 2017 |
Summary: This story is about people will live in a perfect community in the future. In the furture world, people won't have pain or fear or terrible memories, everything is under control. But people also lost their happy memories like color, happiness and the sense of love. Each community will have a giver who is the only one holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. The protagonist is a twelve years old boy, he is assigned to be the new Giver, when he recived parts of memories from the old Giver, he believes all of people should own their memories no matter it was good or bad. Therefore, he chooses to leave his community so that these memories can go back to people's memory.
Genre: Science fiction. Because the story takes place in a future world, with scientific advancements that are not possible in today's world.
Age app: middle school, high school
Media: ink ( )
  carolinechen0608 | Apr 22, 2017 |
The Giver would be good for 6th and 7th grade. The book could be an independent read, as well as, a group or class read. The book is not a difficult book in syntax and vocabulary for 6th or 7th graders and they would be able to read it on their own, but it has a theme that could or should be discussed as a class. The theme of the importance of memories of pain in order to have true pleasure is a complicated message that would be good to discuss with others. This book would be great to teach them theme and the complex nature of themes in a book. The character's actions relate to the expression of the theme and the plot and could be taught. This book could also be used for compare and contrast, between Jonas and other character, or their community and our lives. Being able to compare this world to ours as well as contrast it will help them understand the new world fully and grasp the issues that occur.
  MeredithCox | Apr 18, 2017 |
This book is about a utopian type of society where all memories have been erased from everyone except for The Receiver who holds all of the memories, so that the community won't make the same mistakes as humans made in the past. The main character Jonas is selected as the new Receiver when it is time for his age group to be assigned jobs, and in the story he and the current Receiver (The Giver), give back the people the memories so they realize the corrupt way they are laving. This is an excellent science fiction novel because it relates to real issues that society has, but distorts our memories into something that was bad.
Genre: Science Fiction Novel
Illustrations: None
Age Appropriateness: 6th-10th grade
  KaitlynnB17 | Apr 18, 2017 |
The main idea of this book was the significance of memory to human life. Is it better for someone to give up experience so they don’t have pain or vise versa. I loved the book for many reasons. But I also questioned its ending. First, I liked the book because of its plot. I thought it was so interesting and creative to think of a world with no pain. A utopian society, where everyone is equal, and no one is free to have individual thoughts. This book allows readers to picture their life in the utopian society and how it would be different than their life today. It makes people question our society that is filled with pain and suffering. Which is better? I also liked the fact that the book was told in third person. It allowed the reader to reach into all the characters minds and see it from an outsider’s point of view. The reader gets to know what everyone is thinking or what they are doing, especially the main character Jonas. Despite my love for this book, I absolutely hated how it ended. I wish the author told us what happened to Jonas and Gabriel. This type of book should not have been left with so many unanswered questions. It made me so mad not knowing. Overall, this book shares an amazing theory that could be seen in our future. ( )
  liannarossi | Apr 17, 2017 |
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This book examines a utopian society thoroughly and fairly; it is this fairness that makes the novel so riveting and thought-provoking, and so perfect for triggering discussions. The author is true to her determination not to stack the deck for readers; the ending is deliberately ambiguous, with allegorical overtones, leaving readers to decide what they want to believe.

Jonas' world is very appealing. The community runs by common agreement to its rules; some freedom is sacrificed for security; joy, for avoidance of misery. The choices, which provide the catalyst for discussion, all involve one central decision: to forgo the highs of life in order to get rid of the lows -- to find the middle way. There is a lot to be said for this, though Jonas, speaking presumably for the author, ultimately rejects it. Some children will agree with Jonas, but others will find themselves attracted to a life that is uniformly pleasant, if never exhilarating.

added by johnsmithsen | editDesain Taman Minimalis (Feb 11, 2017)
Despite occasional logical lapses, "The Giver," a powerful and provocative novel, is sure to keep older children reading. And thinking.

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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


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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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