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The Giver (original 1993; edition 2006)

by Lois Lowry

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Member:rretzler
Title:The Giver
Authors:Lois Lowry
Info:Delacorte Books for Young Readers (2006), Paperback, 208 pages
Collections:Your library, Read, Kindle
Rating:*****
Tags:scifi, lowry, 2012, giver, 2014

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The Giver by Lois Lowry (1993)

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This was an interesting book to read because it's unlike any other book. this book really gets into a person's imagination and has ideas that are unlike any other.
  ksteim23 | Dec 9, 2016 |
Really good book! I liked how the layout,and the story went. I liked all the parts in the book & cannot wait to read the next book in the series!

I would recommend to anyone that likes utopia based books.
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  christopher.kyle1706 | Dec 8, 2016 |
As an adult, I can appreciate this book. I'm also, though, incredibly thankful that I didn't have to read it as a child, and horrified by the idea of giving it to a group of kids as assigned reading. Just as I felt when I read Lord of the Flies, this book makes me understand why so many kids end up hating reading. In assigned reading, they're given sadness and lessons and told about the loss of childhood; they're given everyday horror, where ghosts could be so much more entertaining & just as powerful and lesson-worthy. And yet, we wonder why they don't like to read. Honestly, if I hadn't already fallen in love with reading before I reached first grade--reading Trixie Belden and Nancy Drew with my mom before bedtime in kindergarten, and devouring chapter books before the school ever thought I could handle them--I'd have learned to hate reading also, I'm fairly sure. Based on what we're given in school, I don't think I would have seen what there was to love about it.

So, can I appreciate Lowry's artistry here? Yes, absolutely, and I can appreciate the story. Would I ever give it to a child or a student of mine? Not a chance.

Here, a child learns that his parents are less than he thought--less good, less human, less feeling--and he loses his childhood, learning that he is essentially alone, and the adults around him can't really be trusted. And while that's simplifying things... it's really not.

So no, unless you're looking for sadness, I wouldn't recommend reading this. I rather wish I hadn't. ( )
  whitewavedarling | Dec 6, 2016 |
This book is another one that allows readers to escape to a fantasy world. In this fiction book, a society is created where all pain and suffering is ended and everyone has converted to sameness. This is a great book to do as a whole class read aloud to teach students about their emotions, even the bad ones, and their importance. It will also teach students about expressing themselves and having a sense of individuality.
  Jordan.Francies | Nov 29, 2016 |
Genre: Newberry
Summary: The world Jonas lives in is simple. The Council advisors dictate his community to the point of no emotion, color, or expression. Everybody is uniform, and everything is the same. But, that all changes for Jonas when he is chosen to be the new Reciever. The giver holds all the memories from the past to advise for the future. It is his job to pass these on to Jonas and prepare for his new role. Though these have the opposite effect on him and Jonas is spurred to create chnge. He takes the baby that was staying with them, soon to be killed due to not reaching mature infancy. Then he sets out to leave the border and let loose the memories so that the community can feel as well.
Personal Reaction: The writer takes these mature themes and wraps them into a complex novel. She uses the idea that "same" is not always the best decision. Emotion makes us human, it creates empathy, and love. In addition to the destruction that led them to believe taking it all away was worth the loss. But, without the empathy that the council so desprately needed to be good leaders, they became inhumane. Killing infants as well as elders, taking away choices, keeping away memories and thoughts. Even though emotions can make us seem inhumane at times, they help us keep our humanity. Lois Lowry spun all of this into a hauntingly inventive novel.
Classroom Lesson: I would have a classroom discussion on the meanings of same and diverse. Then I would have the students ctreate a venn-diagram comparing the positive and negative aspects of each in a community. ( )
  cosmodad16 | Nov 27, 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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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.
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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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