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The Giver (original 1993; edition 2006)

by Lois Lowry

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Member:Bduke
Title:The Giver
Authors:Lois Lowry
Info:Ember (2006), Edition: Reissue, Paperback, 208 pages
Collections:For school, Read but unowned
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Tags:Dystopian, Science fiction

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The Giver by Lois Lowry (1993)

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I love this book. It's about an attempt to make a perfect world after mass wars. But we all know that there is no such thing as PERFECT. The main character Jonas decides to think for himself after being named as the successor for the keeper of memories. The things that are transferred to his mind help to set in motion a series of events that will change everyone's lives. But will it be for the better? This is a good example of the butterfly effect. ( )
  kat32969 | Apr 20, 2015 |
What would you do if one day you woke up and you were in a world with no feelings, no color, no imagination, no passion, no love, and no sense of identity? Would you feel a sense of emptiness? Well, this is the life that Jonas lives in the book The Giver by Lois Lowry. Jonas is an eleven-year-old boy with an innate sense of feeling like he doesn’t quite belong. Jonas lives in this community where family is non existent, feelings are prohibited and exterminated every morning through the smallest dose of medication that kill emotions, and his career is decided for him at the age of twelve. Jonas lives his life in a way that is much different than his peers- he questions society, constantly thinking and asking himself… is there more? Are we missing it? When Jonas turns twelve, he is given the position of the Receiver- this is a very honorable position that is extremely important. Jonas is going to be trained and filled with the knowledge of what feelings from the past were- Christmas, love, dancing, death, anger, jealousy, hate, adoration, lust, etc. Jonas, through the training of the Giver, was going to receive all of these emotions and memories that had been exterminated from the community so that he can have a deep understanding for his community members as to why they got rid of emotions, and why they live in the community that they do. Through this training, Jonas realizes that the community that he lives in is extremely messed up. What is a world without love? Without pain? Without FEELINGS? It is an emotionless and meaningless jumble of activities and hours spent of doing nothing important all congregated together. In this novel, Jonas is on the mission to find something more, to feel something more, and he will do whatever it takes to end this hell that he lives in… even if that costs him his life, and the love of his existence.
  KaylaAnn715 | Apr 20, 2015 |
8. The modern fantasy chapter book, “The Giver,” was a delightful read. I had mixed feelings about the book, though. Personally, I am not into future reads. The book was about an 11 year old boy living in a futuristic community where he had no choices and was assigned a role in the community. The overall message of the chapter book is about balancing the values of freedom and security. The boy has to fight for survival through pain and pleasure of life. I did not like the book because the characters were flat. I felt like the characters were described as helpless and in pain. On a personal level, I enjoy reading happy, and exciting books. I did enjoy the message of there can be no pleasure without pain because that is the truth. Also, I like how the book opens up the view for readers to appreciate the differences of others rather than seeking differences as bad. I would not read this book again. ( )
  kacieforest | Apr 19, 2015 |
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Summary- Jonas was born into a utopian society. The main goal is to have equality. The community has rules they have to follow and a life chosen for them by the leaders. Jonas is chosen to be community’s new Receiver of Memories. His training begins with an old man called “the Giver”. The Givers gives Jonas memories of the “real” world. With his new knowledge of pain, love, and everything in between, Jonas begins to question the beliefs of his community.
Personal extension- I really enjoyed this book. I thought that it was very well written. Once I picked the book up it was hard to put it down. I think that this would be a good book for a middle school class. The only thing I have bad to say about this book is that the books to follow in the series are not my favorite.
Classroom extension-
1.“Read then Watch” After the students have read the book, allow them to watch the movie. Have the write a paragraph over some of the difference between the movie and the book. (On this particular move there is a pretty good amount).
2.“ Your Utopian Society” Have the students write an essay about what their personal utopian society would look like. In what ways would their society look anything like Jonas’s?
3.“The community’s rules” Have the students discuss whether they think the rule/ beliefs of the community were wrong or right. Have the students talk about if there were any aspects of the of community that they agree with.
  Sarah0423 | Apr 15, 2015 |
This book is about a dystopian society in which everything is meticulously planned out and controlled by the elders. There are rules in place that are used to maintain order, while there are no memories or emotions in the society. The Receiver of Memories is the only person with any knowledge of the world of the past and memories.
I loved this book and it was one of my favorites growing up as a child. I enjoyed the relationship Jonas had with Gabriel and how he and the Giver plotted to return the memories back to the Community.
Extension Ideas:
1) We can have a class discussion about how life in the Community would be like.
2) Students can talk about what positions they would want if they were a part of the Community.
  GSoto95 | Apr 15, 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.
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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 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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