Saturday, October 29, 2011

The Giver

Lowry, Lois. (1993). The Giver. New York: Random House.

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The implications of a young boy's twelfth birthday will change his life forever.


What does it mean to be The Giver? In eleven year-old Jonas' utopic society everything in life is decided by the Elders; your name, your parents, your job, your life partner. The community naively enjoys the simplicity that a controlled lifestyle brings;  pain, suffering, and all things negative have been eliminated.

However, Jonas' perfect world begins to show cracks after the Ceremony of Twelves where he is selected to begin apprenticing under The Giver. Will his new assignment sustain his role in the community, or will it open his eyes to a world of possibilities? Join Jonas on his journey to understand what it means to be The Giver.

  • A Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book 
  • ALA Best Book for Young Adults 
  • ALA notable Book for Children 
  • Booklist Editor's Choice 
  • Newberry Medal, 1994 
  • Regina Medal, 1994 
  • School Library Journal's Best Books of the Year 
  • William Allen White Children's Book Award, 1996

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