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The Giver

by Lois Lowry

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The Giver by Lois Lowry
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    Apr 1993, 192 pages
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    May 1999, 192 pages

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Twelve-year-old Jonas lives in a seemingly ideal world. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver does he begin to understand the dark secrets behind this fragile community.

1994 Newbery Medal winner. Twelve-year-old Jonas lives in a seemingly ideal world. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver does he begin to understand the dark secrets behind this fragile community.

Chapter 1

It was almost December, and Jonas was beginning to be frightened. No. Wrong word, Jonas thought. Frightened meant that deep, sickening feeling of something terrible about to happen. Frightened was the way he had felt a year ago when an unidentified aircraft had overflown the community twice. He had seen it both times. Squinting toward the sky, he had seen the sleek jet, almost a blur at its high speed, go past, and a second later heard the blast of sound that followed. Then one more time, a moment later, from the opposite direction, the same plane.

At first, he had been only fascinated. He had never seen aircraft so close, for it was against the rules for Pilots to fly over the community. Occasionally, when supplies were delivered by cargo planes to the landing field across the river, the children rode their bicycles to the river bank and watched, intrigued, the unloading and then the takeoff directed to the west, always away from the community.

But the aircraft a ...

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  1. In The Giver, each family has two parents, a son, and a daughter. The relationships are not biological but are developed through observation and a careful handling of personality. In our own society, the makeup of family is under discussion. How are families defined? Are families the foundations of a society, or are they continually open for new definitions?

  2. In Jonas’s community, every person and his or her experience are precisely the same. The climate is controlled, and competition has been eliminated in favor of a community in which everyone works only for the common good. What advantages might “Sameness” yield for contemporary communities? Is the loss of diversity worthwhile?

  3. Underneath the placid calm of Jonas’...
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Publisher's Weekly
Lowry is once again in top form.

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Wrought with admirable skill--the emptiness and menace underlying this Utopia emerge step by inexorable step: a richly provocative novel.

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Samir

Just an amazing book
The words and how the reader put this together is amazing.
Julio Tarango

Shock Stilled
Bringing this book home to read, I had no idea what it would contain. My father recognized the book immediately after being told about it a while back by my aunt who had read it. He told me to give him the book immediately, and naturally I asked why....   Read More
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Amazing book
This is the best book i have EVER read, but I like FNaF books better, amazing book
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The Giver by Lois Lowry, review
The Giver is a very thought-provoking novel. It perfectly captures the essence of growing up, and coming of age. The plot twists are so enthralling and you'll just get more and more attached to each character, that by the end of the book, you'll feel...   Read More

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