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The Giver

by Lois Lowry

Random House Children's Books | September 10, 2002 | Mass Market Paperbound

The Giver is rated 4.396 out of 5 by 149.
Lois Lowry’s The Giver is the quintessential dystopian novel, followed by its remarkable companions, Gathering Blue, Messenger, and Son.

Jonas''s world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear of pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the community. When Jonas turns 12 he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Published: September 10, 2002

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0440237688

ISBN - 13: 9780440237686

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Giver and The Receiver and the all Your world is perfect and it is all you know. Disruptions are minimal and dealt with swiftly. All is as it was. And for eleven year old, about to turn twelve Jonas, you will find out all life is wrong. That is the best, non-spoilery, way I could think of to very swiftly describe The Giver. This award winning YA novel by Lois Lowry is considered a modern classic, having come out in 1993, and is frequently challenged by small minded censors. They probably recognize themselves in The Giver. And not in a good way. ?Fun doesn?t end when you become Twelve.? But back to Jonas and his all. When we start out, Jonas is telling us of some disquiet that happened one day and how his society remedies it. This opens the window for us to see how this society works, his family functions, and the happiness all enjoy. All the structures and rules and firm politeness is part of the glue which makes everything feel oh so perfect. Inside the home, society gently makes the family all get along and be loving and supportive and kind. Any and all bad things that could possibly happen, or have happened, are sanitized with words and actions no one really truly understands. ?Thank you for your childhood.? As Jonas approaches his Twelfth birthday, we see he has come of age for his career to be chosen for him. And this is where we, and Jonas, begin the unraveling of all that is. For Jonas becomes the Receiver of Memory. Learning about the world from The Giver. Cue chaos. It is obvious for any reader that the utopia presented in the first third of The Giver is not quite right. Hints and dangly loose threads of life show us that many many things are wrong here. By the halfway point, the clear picture of how truly horrible this dystopia is becomes clear, even to Jonas who is only now waking up. ?I accept your apology.? With all the revelations, breakthroughs, plans, and deep thoughts that rolls on as The Giver progresses, the concepts of what is a good society is debated. The Giver and The Receiver will make you question the roles of emotions in who and what we are, plus how our actions because of feelings can affect the greater society around us. As these issues are fleshed out, we also see Jonas learning of how the efficiencies that have always been part of the fabric of all he knows make everything fun so very very very smoothly, but at the cost of imagination, fun, and a sense of history. So much of this culminates towards the conclusion with a subplot exploding that I never expected to explode. And crystalizes the massive differences of Jonas from the start to the Jonas at the end. Which also illustrates how the wrongness of this society can be fixed by a simple kindness by a child. ?Call me The Giver.? The Giver is rich in thought and textures of emotions. Lois Lowry also provides dialogue and sentences that perfectly sum up so much in so little. Her accomplishment in making Jonas and this world ring true will cause an immediate urge to seek out the loose sequels Gathering Blue, Messenger, and Son. One of these deals with the ambiguous final pages of The Giver. My optimism leads me to think happy thoughts. Ones I know The Giver and Receiver would be find pleasing.
Date published: 2014-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I wish I had read this sooner! I never got to read this book in grade eight like some of my school mates. We were all divided into small groups and each group got their own book to read together. The Giver by Lois Lowry was one of those books, but unfortunately it was not mine. I've wanted to read it ever since, and seeing the trailer for the soon-to-be movie prompted me to finally read it. I finished it this morning, and I can honestly say I loved and wish that I could have read it when I was younger. Would I have understood the deeper meaning? Probably not at first, but I would have loved to have been a part of that classroom discussion. As much as I wish I had read it when I was younger, I am also glad I read for the first time as a 22 year old adult. I think I have a better understanding of some of the themes and I am definitely mature enough for some of the more "disturbing" themes. Had I read it as a 12 year old, I'm not sure if it would have turned me off or not. All in all, this book is definitely worth a read. It's a quick read that won't take long at all, but does require you to think. I am looking forward to the movie!
Date published: 2014-08-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read Bought it not really knowing what to expect and it was an amazing book. I keep seeing reviews that say it didnt give enough detail and say thats rubbish. It left some things to the imagination but thats what books are supposed to do! Overall 4/5 for the ending just sortof... well... ending so quickly
Date published: 2014-07-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Badly written and disturbing I read this book for school and it was very boring at first then it got exiting , but not in a good way . The book was not really detailed that well and it was disturbing , there is a part in the book where a baby did not weigh enough so they executed the baby by stabbing a needle through its head , that is just overly cruel. Want a good dystopian society novel read divergent and maze runner.
Date published: 2014-06-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book I though the book was well written and I enjoyed the book, but at some parts of the book it does not give enough detail to fully develop ideas.
Date published: 2014-02-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Boring read This book was extremely boring in my opinion. I found it very slow through out the whole book and I found that there wasn't much of a plot to it either.
Date published: 2013-07-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really good, I just wasn't crazy about the ending. Jonas is about to have his Twelve Ceremony. He is unsure what job will be assigned to him. Hes life is pretty much the same as everyone else's at this point. He has two parents, who he was given to, and a younger sibling, Lily, who was also assigned to his parents to raise. After he is assigned a job at the Ceremony, he will be required to train for it. What Jonas is assigned was completely unexpected... This was really good, and it read fast (as well as me wanting to keep reading to know what happens next). A slight disappointment for me, though, was the abrupt ending.
Date published: 2013-06-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Satisfying end to brilliant series The Good Stuff Beautiful hopeful ending to a fabulous series Some honest truths and observations about life, love, sacrifice and family After meeting with Lois Lowry and hearing her speech at the Children's Breakfast, I can see her strength and her love for her deceased son throughout the book Claire is a intriguing character, I didn't always understand her actions, but they made sense for her Deals with the all consuming love you have for your children - as a mom this will impact you more Ties all of the books together and you are left with the overwhelming feeling of hope that their world will change for the better - but without it feeling too neat or tidy I still miss Matty - and when he is mentioned I teared up Nice to see Jonas happy Perfect book for class discussions and book clubs -The Not So Good Stuff I suggest reading the first three books before picking this up - otherwise you will be lost (I am glad I read the whole series very close together as it gave it much more of an impact) A little too much detail about Claire's journey down the mountain Favorite Quotes/Passages "She would not let them take that from her, that feeling. If someone in authority noticed the error, if they delivered a supply of pills to her, she thought defiantly, she would pretend. She would cheat. But she would never, under any circumstances, stifle the feelings she had discovered. She would die, Claire realized, before she would give up the love she felt for her son." "You won't ever know what that's like, to love someone, In a way I pity you." 4 Dewey's I picked this up at BEA (Book Expo America) last year and am finally getting to it
Date published: 2013-05-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Deceptively simple yet complex Mini Book Review: As with the The Giver, the story is so simple yet so complex. The type of story that stays with you, makes you think and promotes discussion. I wish my father was still alive so we could discuss as this is the type of story he would have loved. Kira is a likeable character and her story fascinating, but I can't lie, I fell in love with the delightful Matty more (and yes imagine my surprise when I realized Messenger was about him). The story is fast paced and the prose is tight, a sign of a truly brilliant writer. Some lovely light moments which help with some of the darker moments. This series is perfect for fans of dystopian literature and for those who enjoyed The Giver (you don't have to read it first) My only real complaints deal with wanting more background and answers, and after reading the brilliant The Giver, it pales a little in comparison. 4.25 Dewey's I purchased this from Chapters Shawnessy and didn't have to review
Date published: 2013-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BRILLIANT!!!!! Mini Book Review: I am at a loss for words to express the brilliance of this work of literary art. Such a simple yet complex story that you could spend hours discussing. The story has stayed with me all day and I cannot wait to talk with my book pals about it. Also have a feeling Chapters Shawnessy will have a spike in sales on this one as I will be expressing to customers my mad love for this. Reminded me a little of Brave New World and Logans Run with the same vibe of a supposed Utopian society that seems idealistic with no prejudice or violence yet a world so horrifying to me as there is no passion, love or freedom of choice (And don't get me started about a world where people have limited access to books). Jonas is such a unique and richly developed character that you come to love and feel for. The world Lowry has created is fascinating and you can see how it could develop. Perfection in 179 pages. My 11 yr old and I are just finishing up The Boy with the Striped Pajama's and this will be our next read out loud book. I cannot wait to hear what he thinks. Oh yeah now have the song Freewill by Rush stuck in my head -- read the book you will understand. Ok peeps if you haven't read this book yet, get thee to a book store immediately and pick up a copy (or a Library if funds or shelf space is an issue) I know this review is kinda rambling but I don't want to give away anything, I truly want you to experience this book as I did. FYI I am kicking myself right now that I met Lois at BEA last year and knew nothing of this spectacular book. Lois I want to go back in time and thank you for writing this lovely book. Guess I will be picking up my copy of Son tomorrow -- sorry kids mommy might be busy tomorrow. 5+ Dewey's I purchased this from Chapters Shawnessy and did not have to review it, I just loved it so much I had to tell you all about it
Date published: 2013-03-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Utterly Unique To compensate for a world overcome by selfishness, crime and poverty, one society trades its freedom for totalitarianism, allowing only one person to hold the memories of the actions and emotions that nearly destroyed them. When Jonah is chosen to assume this role, he learns that their sheltered life has stolen their humanity. Great story that gives you a renewed appreciation of life.
Date published: 2013-02-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Very interesting author So the begging of this book was going very slow for me and the things, I mean, it's hard to believe how the wrtitter imagined this hole story. It was just so odd. ``I took of my shirt and he put his hands on me`` Excuse me, but not the best thing to say or not the best thing to do to put this book into the section of younger children. Anyways, when the boy left the society, that`s where all the action happens, where the book just bilds up so much exitment in the reader and then POOF. The end. The hole book is just done while the action is happening. It just bilds you up and then, in the end, you are like what. the. hell. Conclusion, the ending was some-what interesting meaning, to see how an author just lets the reader make up his/hers ending.
Date published: 2013-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I first read the giver in a university Children's literature course in 2001. It was incredible and the ending was open to so many interpretations. I knew high school students, university students, and retirees who all read it and loved it. The book was so different from anything else I had read and the story stayed with me for a long time. As the others in the series came out, each was an amazing read but each also left some questions unanswered. In this book, that the author states is the last in the series, many of those questions get answered and yet it still leaves much to the imagination. Son begins in the time of Jonah in his original community. But it spans many years and many miles, following a woman on a quest to be reunited with her child, a child she should never have known, but a child she loved and was willing to give all to know and see again. In a world of different communities, that live by different rules and with different levels of technology, this book ties directly to the Giver, and ties it even more closely to Gathering Blue and Messenger. This is a story of love - the love of a mother for child, of friends who, if situations were different, would be more. It is the story of adoption, and being taken in and welcomed into a community not your own, and it is the story of journey. And also the journey to find what was lost and the journey to find who you are. It was an amazing read and I will be going back and reading the whole quartet again soon. But as a warning, some fans of the Giver will not like it because the openness to interpretation as that book ends gets wrapped up the way Lowry intends.
Date published: 2013-01-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from caution recommended Jonas, an eleven-almost-twelve-year-old boy lives in the Community with his father, mother, and younger sister Lily. It is a planned utopian society governed by Sameness, with no war, fear, or pain, but also no choices. The weather is perfectly controlled, no hills exist, no live animals are seen, and there is even no color or music. At age twelve, all people are assigned their roles in the community. The old, young children who do not thrive, and even those who rebel are “released.” Jonas is singled out to receive special training from the Receiver, who alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life and now becomes “the Giver,” so that Jonas can be trained as the new Receiver. Jonas’s father is a nurturer and the family has been caring for a newborn named Gabriel who is not thriving, so the decision is eventually made that the infant will be released. Now that he has received the truth, how will Jonas react when he learns what it really means to be released? And what will he do? The Giver is well-written and quite interesting to read. However, to be truthful, I really did not care for it. And I think that my reaction basically involves the issue of age-appropriateness. The book is said to be written on an age nine to eleven reading level and is usually listed as being for age twelve and above, so it was apparently aimed at middle-grade students. However, I noticed that the Random House edition which I read is found in their “Teens” section, and others have recommended it basically for upper grades. There may be some value in the book for high school students to consider the consequences of a controlled society where people give up freedom for safety. However, there are certain aspects of the story—the infanticide, the euthanasia, and some rather oblique sexual references—which I think are just too heavy and thus are not appropriate for younger readers. Also, the ending is rather odd. Whether it is happy or not I guess all depends on the eye of the beholder. Is The Giver a horrific book? Not necessarily, although it has some things horrible to contemplate in it. Is it a useful book? Perhaps, under certain circumstances. Is it a good book? Each person will have to make up his or her own mind on that question. I do agree with the assessment that it is “For mature audiences, as there is an episode of euthanasia. The story questions values we take for granted. Caution, and probably pre-reading recommended.” There are three “companion” novels--Gathering Blue, Messenger, and now Son.
Date published: 2012-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! Awesome! I don't think Lois Lowry could have written a better ending to The Giver Quartet. After following all of the characters for so long, I was happy to see them all moving on with their lives, seeing Jonas, Kira and Gabe find happiness. Learning about Claire and her struggles. Son shows just how strong a mothers love can be, even if you're not supposed to feel any emotion, it can have a way of sneaking up on you. Claire is very determined to find her son and will do everything she can to find him. So in Son we meet Claire. She's from the same place as Jonas and Gabe. She's three years older than Jonas and at her ceremony of Twelves she was assigned the role of Birthmother. Well, with her first birth something goes wrong and she is dismissed from that position. Her Product (baby) is number Thirty-six (who do we know that had that number? ;) ) and someone lets it slip that it was a male child to her. After she's reassigned to the Fish Hatchery she realizes that she can't stop thinking about her son. So she finds out who he is and visits when she can at the Nursery. Somehow, she ends up on the delivery ship that comes to the community, in a storm and is washed out to sea. She is rescued and can't remember anything except for her name, Claire. She knows there is something important that she can't remember and once she remembers, she decides she must leave this safe place and find her son. The only way out is to scale a cliff, which means she's going to need to train for it. Son shows how Claire can overcome anything to find her son that was taken from her. She is a strong character and I can't help but feel terrible for her. She nearly makes it when she has a brush with Evil which almost takes everything from her. She makes huge sacrifices for her son, who in turn makes sacrifices for his mother. Everything comes down to that adorable blue eyed Gabe from the Giver, can he defeat the Evil and save his mother after everything she's done for him. Lois Lowry is a fantastic storyteller and I continuously find myself completely lost into the story. When I'm reading her works I see and hear nothing going on around me. I first read The Giver years ago, I think I was about 10. I found a copy in my older brothers room and being the bookworm that I am, I devoured it. I picked it up again a few years later in high school, remembering that I greatly enjoyed it and I read it again. Just recently this year, after finding out that there were more books to the series, I knew I had to read them. This past week I've once again reread The Giver and the rest of the series, ending it with this amazing ending. Lois Lowry has once again made me an emotional wreck whilst reading her writing. Dystopias are quickly becoming one of my favourite genres and it's all thanks to this series. If you haven't read The Giver or it's sequels, you really must. You'll be missing out if you don't! These are highly recommended by me!
Date published: 2012-10-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Eh.... I didn't fin this book all that good and it didn't really catch my attention vary well. There were some parts of the book that I found good, sad and upsetting, and just plain boring. I think that the book could have used something to help me understand more of what the main poin of the book or what the author was trying to tell me. I didn't find it that good and I think that it was more of a book about dispare and sadness then happyness. I got really confused near the end of the book and I think that the author could have explained what was going on there a little bit better. This book needed something to spaz it up a little more because Truly When I first started to read this book I didn't want to read it at all. I still didn't want to read it when I got almost to the end. It was ok and I don't think that It was really my book.
Date published: 2012-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant! For anyone with a love for dystopian literature, this is a must read. I first read this book in middle school. It gave me chills then, and it still gives me chills. Whenever a young person asks me to recommend a book, this is the first book I list. It is a book that makes you think.
Date published: 2012-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great dystopian for the younger crowd ***CONTAINS SPOILERS!!*** Always on the lookout to find new reads that don’t put a dent in my pocketbook, I borrowed this book from a friend - well, from my friend’s daughters’ bookshelf. Totally unaware of what to expect, this anti-utopian science fiction novel, The Giver by Lois Lowry is a powerful book about what is thought to be a “perfect” society. Jonas is entering his Twelfth year in this society (no dates are given in the book, but it is assumed to be a fair distance in the future), the year where each child in their Twelfth year is assigned a job chosen for them by The Elders based on their strengths observed in their previous years. Jonas’s friends are assigned normal jobs – Director of Recreation and Caretaker of the Old – but Jonas had been chosen for something different, The Receiver of Memory. The community is unlike anything we know today. It has reverted to “Sameness” – the concept of colour is unknown by anyone, everyone wears the same “uniforms”, and for each year of a childs’ life it is expected that they will get a certain item (such as a bicycle when one enters their Ninth Year, or a coat with buttons in the front when they enter their Fourth Year). The people of the community do not know love or happiness, nor do they know anything of pain or suffering. Rather than inflict these feelings on the entire society, it is the Receiver of Memory’s job to keep these memories for when situations come up where the society needs to be advised on how to take care of the situation. Similar to George Orwell’s 1984, there are speaker systems throughout the community which are used as surveillance (such as keep uneaten food – something Jonas does with an apple he and his friend Asher had been playing with) or for announcements. Life is planned out for everyone and no one is capable of choice. A person in the society can apply for a spouse (who would be picked by the Elders) and then that couple can apply for children, but only a boy and a girl for each couple. It is the job of the Birthmothers to give birth to the children, but if the new children do not meet the qualifications of the community, they are “released” instead of being able to enter society. The book is very powerful. At first it was very similar to George Orwell’s 1984 or M. Night Shyamalan’s movie, The Village. As I read on, it blew my mind how crazy this society was. I felt sorry for Jonas and the burden he would have to carry being the Receiver of Memory (ultimately carrying the memories of pain, sadness, loss, torture, etc. on his shoulders), and when he asked his “parents” if they love him (their response being that that was an absurd question seeing as they do not know of love). I would recommend anyone who’s interested in books about dystopia to read this. Lowry’s writing is very straightforward and easy to follow, though the subject can be hard to handle at times (especially when one learns what it means to be released). However, it is a great book to teach people to be grateful for what they have and to show them how nice it is that we all ARE different – seeing as in this community birthdays aren’t singled out for people, nor are they encouraged to be different. For a book so simply written, The Giver has so much depth that I think it stands up to other books of the genre. It is well-crafted and is sure to make an impact on any reader.
Date published: 2012-01-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Scary and Sad, but soooo good! Well, Lois Lowry did not seem to disappoint with this final installment of her series. I loved how it brought together the 3 main characters in a way that made a lot of sense. Also, I couldn't help but wonder, what happened to the baby that "Leader" had arrived to "Village" with? That's the only thing that left me thinking. Anyways, it's a nice development and the story really leaves you waiting to see what happens next. The ending was really sad though. :( I wanted to cry, but at least everything was at peace. This book is just as great as the first two and if you liked them well then you should definitely read this book!
Date published: 2012-01-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book! This is the sequel to the book The Giver. When you start reading, don't be too surprised that it has nothing to do with the first book. It kind of threw me off when I was reading because at every second I was anticipating the arrival of Jonah. He never came. It was a great book even without him though. There are a few, not-so-surprising surprises and honestly, I think it needs a better ending. But that's just the way the author wanted it and it can't be changed. Either way, it was an amazing book; just as good as the first, and I highly reccommend reading it!
Date published: 2011-12-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Confusing at times, but a good book! My friend got me to read this book. And honestly, it was torture reading it at first. I was so confused and it's like, "What is this?!" But my friend assured me that it got better and so I kept reading. It got a lot better after everything started to fall into place. It was an interesting book that I think many would enjoy so if you liked it, I| would suggest reading the other 2 in the series. The next one doesn't exactly relate to this book, but it's just as good!
Date published: 2011-12-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Giver A wonderful story that examines how our life could be and why we need to appreciate both the good and bad in our lives.
Date published: 2011-12-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review of The Giver by Lois Lowry I love dystopian stories. There is just something intriguing, and often scary, about seeing how society "could be" if some event happened or if they took it into their own hands to change the way life "should be". The Giver by Lois Lowry is one of the better dystopian stories I have read in terms of fleshing out the society and their rules, regulations and behaviors. This story really makes you think. Would the world be a better place if things such as violence and lust were completely removed from life by a society who changes and controls things for the betterment of their people? Where people must apply for spouses that are not chosen by them, and only then are able to apply for children that are not created by them. Where members are placed together to form a loving family unit with the maximum of one mother, one father, one male child and one female child. Where children only live at home until they have progressed through their growth years and are chosen foe their life's work by the society's council. I have to admit...the idea has some merits to it. I often stopped to weigh the pros versus the cons while reading this book. Would I miss the things they took away from their society to trade in for all the good they have achieved. It was a very difficult assessment for me to make at times. I was constantly shocked and sometimes even appalled at how far they insisted on going. Many of the rules were not stated outright, but if you read between the lines enough you can understand what they are implying. I don't want to give any of it away because some of the revelations came closer to the end, but it was all so wonderfully done. The author didn't slap you in the face with a list of rules, they just let them sneak up on you and tackle you from behind. The writing style was perfect. The story flowed by so fast I was disappointed when it was over. Of course part of that was due to the way it ended. If you have been following my blog long enough you know of my hatred for cliffhanger endings. It makes me want to tear my hair out and beat small children (not really...but you get the picture). Almost everything had been running so smoothly up until the last few pages. Considering there really isn't a sequel it would have been nice if the author could have tied up the loose ends a little tighter...but they didn't. That's always disappointing...at least to me. Some other minor points of contention were over some of the things we learn later that the society has changed. Up to about the middle of the book most changes and rules make some sense, and they seem completely realistic and I could see a scared society (or a controlling one) putting these new rules into motion. But some of the things we find out they have changed, or controlled, later in the story are so hard to believe it took me completely out of the story. It was such a shame. Every summer I make my son read at least 2 novels of my choosing and then he has to write a report on them for my review. This year I have chosen this as the second of the 2 books. Mockingbird was his first one. He is reading that one currently. I was tempted to give this book a 4.5 rating. But I don't do partial ratings. You know why? Have you ever seen half a spider? Ok...I'm sure you have...but I bet it wasn't pretty...and I don't want no ugly half spiders lurking on my blog ok?
Date published: 2011-07-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A real thinker Jonas live in a fictional community where everything is tightly controlled. Nobody suffers pain or has memories of history. As the story unfolds we are presented with a number of strange and shocking things that occur in the community. People don't have their own children, they are given a boy and a girl by the community. They aren't allowed to lie, they don't even have feelings, or birthdays, or see colours. If they break the rules there are harsh punishments. The good thing is that they live in peace without pain or crime. But as you read the book, you realize that the community is all wrong. It is scary even. The mystery behind "being released" from the community shocked me. The ending of the book is ambiguous. We don't know for sure what happened to Jonas and his community. But the author makes us think that there is hope in their future. We had a very interesting discussion about the ending.
Date published: 2011-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Book You'll Never Forget! The Giver leads you to think about the privileges that we have in our society and the righteousness of these. What if things were different? What would be better? I read The Giver many times and I always enjoyed it. I taught it to my students for the first time this year and the kids loved it! They thanked me for making them read that book and they now agree with me when I told them:"The Giver is one of the best books you'll ever read."
Date published: 2011-06-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from thought provoking I had seen this book on many lists these past few years and when I realized it was a dystopian-type novel I just had to add it to my YA-D2 Challenge. I cannot believe I have never read this before. It was a quick read as I was completely pulled into Jonas' world and kept flipping pages to see how this little society truly worked and what would happen. At first I was trying to pick out what I thought was happening in this utopian society, to figure out if it was truly people choosing to live without certain emotions and differences or if it were more like The Truamn Show. I just couldn't see living a life where everything was picked out for you from your family, your job, your food, how and when to express yourself. How can it be that everyone is content being exactly the same and not being an individual? Yes there are no wars, no issues about race or religion, but what about feeling things such as love and knowing true freedom? I absolutely loved how this book made you question everything. As we progress in the book and Jonas' is chosen to be the new Receiver for his chosen career path, we learn that only one person holds the memories and emotions of the collective population. Both the pleasure and pain of this job are depicted as The Giver transmits the memories to Jonas, which in turn makes Jonas question everything he is learning and everything he knows is true about his current community as a whole. I loved the passion that Jonas shows for the things he learns, his true compassion towards The Giver and his courage for being brave enough to be different from his peers. I would have to say the scene that hit me hardest was when Jonas asked his mother "Do you love me?", because he had just learned what love was that same day. And her reply, though correct for how their society has been raised, just crushes poor Jonas' little soul and shocked me. Her reply, "...you used a very generalized word, so meaningless that it's become almost bosolete." And his thoughts about her reply were exactly what I thought after reading her comment: Meaningless? He had never before felt anything as meaningful as the memory [of love]. Without giving away the story, I feel like Jonas is starting to make a change in his community, but we are left hanging at the end with no clear resolution. I suppose that we are left to draw our own conclusions about what truly happens. I did actually see that there are three books to this series that I didn't realize was actually a series in the first place. I will be on the lookout now for Gathering Blue and Messenger. I also read somewhere that it falls along the same lines of Orwell's 1984 and Huxley's Brave New World, both of which I have not read. I must read these as well as they are based on utopian societies that feel they are offering the perfect communities for their people, yet are keeping them from enjoying the freedoms and passion in life as an individual.
Date published: 2010-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unforgettable I adore this book. I first read it about 6 years back in grade 8, and since then I've re-read it about a dozen times (no exaggeration!) I think it's refreshingly original, and definitely plays my emotions as I read it. I recommend this book to everyone!
Date published: 2010-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from you have to read it okay this book was one of my favourites it was soooo good if anyone read the book alma and enjoyed it this is the next book that should be in line for you to read. Alma and the giver as you might say is two different stories but we can refer the giver as miss.lily and jonas as Alma. the teaching methods shown by these two are very alike and how the story runs smoothly joins together. THe giver is an inspiring book about how sameness is not always the right thing. As a human we need our own rights and freedom and this book lays that idea into a eye catching story. i give it 100 out of a 100 and you should really read it if not your lives will be dull and boring just like Jonas'.
Date published: 2010-05-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from The Giver........ i had to read this book for school and i hated it!!! i would not recomend it and i don't want to read it again! Jonas is the main character and he is chosen to become the reciver of memory because where Jonas lives everything is the same. this book was ok at a little part in the middle but besides that it was bad. in the community if twins are born they "release" one of them! "Release" means to kill them!!!! i did not like this book. 2010-009
Date published: 2010-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from read it as a child to this day this book still haunts my thoughts....I love this book!!
Date published: 2009-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great short read. I read this way back in the 7th grade and was always confused with the ending until I recently discovered there are 2 more books in the series; Gathering Blue and The Messenger. So I read it again and still love it to this day. It's a good short read but by no means a mind numbing one, I've recommended it to all my friends.
Date published: 2009-08-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Falls Short I left the current book i'm reading, The Italian Lover, in the car...so i grabbed this book, knowing it was a quick read. The Giver is a classified as YA....and i've been trying to read more of those. But i don't think i "got" this one the way i thought i would. Jonas is selected to be the Receiver of Memory...the Giver is in the process of transferring all human memory to Jonas, who lives in a utopian socity where there exists only "sameness". The ending completely eluded me. Could go this way, could go that. I can see how children reading this in a classroom setting could be led in whatever direction their teacher wants to take them. Kind of like a create-a-theme book: utopia, communism, love, lack of love, the coming of christ maybe even. So....a quick filler YA book that for me landed far from the mark.
Date published: 2009-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thought-Provoking What a great little book, I couldn't stop reading. The concept was so intriguing. It was disturbing and sad and happy at once. Glad I read it!
Date published: 2009-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely great! This was a really great book! It reminded me a lot of a book I read in school called The Chrysalids. It has a very interesting concept, and I was hooked from the start. I couldn't put it down because all I wanted was to find out why the community in the book worked the way it does.
Date published: 2009-04-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Brilliant This is one of the better books I've ever read for school. It was moving, and the story seemed so original (even though it probably wasn't) I read the whole book three days after we got it, and I ended up spending the following three week re-reading it. This book is definitely worth taking the time to sit down, and read. It described in depth how twisted society really can be, some of the topics in this book are appalling and disturbing, but that just adds to the impact of the book. If you haven't been forced to read this book for school already, I suggest you read it anyway. Regardless if you hate it or love it, I guarantee it'll have some sort of impact on you.
Date published: 2009-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best book i love it but the only part i didnt like was the mysterious ending
Date published: 2009-03-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Wasn't bad The book is about a girl who has a physical disability in a world that doesn't accept her. She must learn and survive by herself after her mother dies. The book is based on friendship and courage.
Date published: 2009-03-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not as good as The Giver, but still good! Kira is a disabled girl in a society that does not accept anyone that is not perfect. When her mother passes away, Kira's belongings are burned and an elder tries to take her land away from her. When the issue is taken to court, elder Jamison is appointed to represent Kira since she is too young to represent herself. Jamison takes on each claim that has been brought against her and disproves them. Kira is told she can not keep her land, but that she will not be banned from the society. Instead, she must take on the job of preparing a ceremonial robe that shows the history of the society. Kira must learn how to dye threads before she can repair the stitches. She walks out to the forest of an old lady that lives alone to master the art. Meanwhile, she makes friends with a carver around her age that is also living in the main building. However, after hearing a child's crying during night and other odd things happening, Kira begins to wonder if there is more to what she is doing and how her society operates. This is meant to be a compliment to The Giver by Lois Lowry, however I think The Giver is a better novel. This read easily, as it should for a teen novel. I enjoyed it until the ending, which is the only reason why I wouldn't recommend this book. If you don't mind a book just ending half-resolved, then you might like this book. If you like a solid resolution at the end of your book, don't pick this one up.
Date published: 2008-12-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Giver This book was really good! It was different from any book i have ever read! It kept you wanting to more and more about this boy and his community! I just wish in the end you could know more of what happened to the boy!
Date published: 2008-12-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Fell short Messenger is the last in the trilogy that commenced with the ever popular The Giver, and which then was followed by Gathering Blue. Unfortunately the first two novels proved to be difficult acts to follow successfully, in my opinion. This story seemed somewhat contrived, haphazard and written with less creative flow. I was left with a lot of unanswered questions by the end, and felt slightly ripped off and let down. Ultimately I feel the story had the potential to be so much more. Ah, well, I would still recommend the series for children, as I do find there are a lot of morality issues addressed as well as an underlying meaningful social commentary. www.booksnakereviews.blogspot.com
Date published: 2008-11-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This is the second book, after The Giver, in a loose trilogy by the very talented Lois Lowry. Gathering Blue is set in a world of savagery, neglect, abuse and a distinct class system. Hmm, sound familiar? Governing the populace through fear, The Council of Guardians manipulate the ignorant people, hoard knowledge, and attempt to control the future for their own selfish gain. Amidst the chauvinism, cruelty and strife we are delighted in the story of a benevolent and courageous girl who with her talents and strength has a desire to make the world a better place. www.booksnakereviews.blogspot.com
Date published: 2008-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Embrace the ELSEWHERE! Herein lies the importance of creative disobedience, diversity and the necessity of pain and raw emotion, all of which make us human. I found The Giver sometimes reminiscent of such favourites as The Handmaid's Tale and 1984, yet within a context acceptable for a child's impressionable mind. That being said, it’s all relative to your moral compass, because much like the sheltering imposed by the society in The Giver, I know many parents that would strike this book from their children's shelves in lieu of something “safer.” www.booksnakereviews.blogspot.com
Date published: 2008-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Clever. Frightening. Likely? A truly heartbreaking tale: what is the world without colour? without dreams? without work? without ethics in death? Lowry draws us into the world that could be if we lose the plot. My only complaint is the ending. I will not spoil, but is it paradise or hell (on either side of the line)?
Date published: 2008-10-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! God i hope this book becomes a movie i am anxois to see how they will make everything without colour. Overall this was an amazing book!
Date published: 2008-07-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Good Book I think this is a very good book. I read it in grade seven as a class novel study and i think i missed out on most of the book because when you have to study every word and paragraph in the book you miss out on the actual adventure of hte book.
Date published: 2008-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifuly Written Book This book was a book that my 11 year old daughters grade 5 class read. She came home and describe a very sensual part of this book that the teacher was reading to his class. I got conserned but instead of going to the teacher, i bought the book myself. I couldn't put it down. I finished the book before the class. I cried, i loved it, it was poetic, thought provoking, just to think of what we can do as a society and actually convince people that this is what the world is like when in fact they are living in a world of modern technology. I recommend this book to people of all ages, it was a beautifully written book.
Date published: 2008-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My All Time Favourite BOOK! This book is my favourite book ever. I have read it numerous times. It really seems like something that could happen to us in our future. In a society that has no poverty, no war almost like a Uthopia but as you continue to read you learn that the society in which humans live in is not a uthopia, i find it more the be a dystopia. THis book honestly changed my view on the world. SPOILER It got me thinking would i give up being able to see colours in order for no poverty. Would I give up love in order for no war?? READ THIS BOOK!
Date published: 2008-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly recommended for children, young adults, and adults. The Giver is both beautiful and ugly; it examines the possibility of a "perfect" society, and the joys of learning of love, the color red, and snow. It also examines the price of perfection, the realities of our world, and the hardships that come with growing up. One of my teachers (fourth or fifth grade) read this to the class, and it was probably the first time I didn't doze during reading time. Although I didn't understand a lot of it, I still enjoyed it. I finally bought myself a copy, summer of 2007, and I'm glad I did. Now that I'm (supposedly) an adult, the story makes a lot more sense, and I enjoy it so much more. I'm actually thinking about reading it to my youngest siblings soon and recommend it to parents who are looking for something for their children, whether it is to read to them, or for older children to read on their own.
Date published: 2008-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing The world Jonas lives in is perfect, until he receives the job of the Giver, and finally finds out about the cold, hard truth that the world he lives in is way far from perfect
Date published: 2008-03-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from AWESOME!!! This book is sooo good. It has a very strong story line, and it may have some parts where you must guess on what the world is like, and some, where you want to cry out!! This book is the best!
Date published: 2008-02-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Review This book was fairly entertaining, but not nearly as good at The Giver. The plot was fairly predictable, so there were no real surprises. I can't say I would reread or purchase this book, but I don't regret reading it once through.
Date published: 2007-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Review Excellent, thought-provoking story! It definitely goes down as one of my favourite books of all time. I just couldn't put it down. I must admit that I wasn't completely satisfied with the ending but, nonetheless, it's still an amazing book.
Date published: 2007-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the giver this was a book I bought for my daughter to read. She liked it a lot and I was enticed by her to read the book. I enjoyed the book , very enthralling..... it should be read by everyone!
Date published: 2007-11-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Makes you think This is a bit of a basic book, but a good discussion for a Book Club. It is a very quick and easy read; full of interesting thoughts about what a ‘perfect’ society would be like. It had the answers to all of our difficult questions. “What role do I play in society?”, “How do we handle heath care?”, “Who will look after us when we are old and unable to?”, “Will I find a life partner?”, etc., etc.
Date published: 2007-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! I read this gripping book in two days! This wonderful story tells of a young boy boy in anticipation of his Cerimony of Twelve, when he recives the greatest honor in the community. He is a young boy used as a ling to all memorys in a world (set in the future) with no colour, difference or love. I would really recommend this book to a thinker ages 10 and up. I even recommend it for adults.
Date published: 2007-02-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Okay This book made you think about it a lot because it was strange, but I liked some of it. Some parts were sad, like the way people were being killed and no one knew. But overall, I think it was a very wacky idea for a book, but the plot was good.
Date published: 2006-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down This is the companion book to the Giver and Gathering Blue. All three books are stand alones, but together they tell an even better story. They make you wonder what might happen in our future if we are not careful about our actions today. Matt and his friends shows you the true meaning of compassion and caring. There is a bit of a surprise but understandable ending. Each of these books leave you wanting more.
Date published: 2006-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Futuristic Book! This book set in the future leads on boy to a new duty, with pains, and joys of the past! Lois Lowry really made this book one of a kind. Leaving you at the end to come up with your own ending! It really is wonderful, because of that you can view the story ending as sad or happy! You should definitly read it!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2006-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful! This book is absolutely touching! Set in the future, you get a sense of what could be, and how one girl realizes a duty to do with the past! Wonderful, it's a bit confusing at first, but once you get going it's unbelievable! If you haven't read the giver, read it first because it somewhat like the first book, set in the future.
Date published: 2006-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The Giver is an an awesome, fantastic, influential and overall GREAT book!!!!!! I read it for a lanuage project in school. Every day my class could only read 2 or 3 chapters and when ever they were over, I was so mad!!! That book was glued to my hands! My friend took it home on the first day we got it and almost read the whole thing - crazy. Our class really got deep into the book. I swear, you do not know anything avbou this book until you think really deep and hard about it. I tcan lead into so many different topics, you will not even know where you started from. I liked how at the beginning you see a plane and then at the end you see one again - signaling that life is a circle - the circle of life! You just have to think, think and think even more about the book and you can get into ethics, genetics, signals, etc! I learned from this book, that everything is a signal or a sign and that many books do not only have one solution or reason for being written. Every book has a signal and meaning, you just have to take the time to go over it and talk ot someone about it to get their ideas. With my class, we got into so many so many conversations.....never read a book, finish it and then toss it onto your book shelf with out going over what happened in it. But enough about how you should think about your book - READ THE GIVER RIGHT NOW!!! DO NOT THINK BEFORE YOU READ THIS BOOK! JUST TAKE IT AND REEEEEEEEAD!
Date published: 2006-06-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Super This book was so well written. The story was great, I couldn't put it down. Lois Lowry's books are fantastic.
Date published: 2006-06-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quite a view of choice vs none this book is about a society that has found a way to organize life so everyone at 4 reaches this landmark and everyone at age 6 gets their first bike. The jobs are decided by a commitee and there is only one person that has all the memories of what life was before choice was taken from them. Their ancestors had chosen this because it was safer than the wrong choice.
Date published: 2006-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Series Lois Lowry is one of those unique authors who has won the John Newbery Medal for children’s literature twice. Once for the first book in this trilogy and once for a book about the Holocaust called Number the Stars. (Just as an aside only one other author has ever done that Madeleine L’Engle who I would also recommend highly.) I would begin by recommending any of her books; they are all worth the time and the effort. This trilogy is set in a post apocalyptic world. The first two books each focus on different community’s who have recovered from the devastation differently, both have strengths and both have weaknesses. And a young boy must heal them both and the land if either is to survive.
Date published: 2006-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truly Inspiring This is a truly insightful and inspiring book, exploring the various purposes for living. Lowry's tale is meaningful to readers of all ages. This tale of childhood in a confined community will lead to a greater understanding of ourselves and our own lives. Everyone has a reason for being who they are; one which they should be proud of.
Date published: 2006-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wicked this book is SO GOOD! i lovee it! i started reading the second one, and i thought it would e a continuation, but it wasnt. its still GOOD
Date published: 2005-12-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Weird I didn't like the book, in grade 8 my class and I read it. It didn't make alot of sence. I thought is was boring.
Date published: 2005-11-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from woaw! The Giver is the first english book I red and even if it took me a long time, I think it's an excellent book. It's shows how borring life would be without our little imperfections, love and even differences.
Date published: 2005-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OMG! I love this BOOK! It leaves you off wondering what's going to happen next? Lois Lowry describes the world as perfect even though its not. WHen you pick this book up, no way are you going to put it down till you finish. The story is short but good. You never know what's going to happen if you dont read it. I give lois lowry both my thumbs UP.
Date published: 2005-10-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Gud Book last year, my class was doing novel study on this book. i really liked it but, in some parts it lacks a little bit.....but all in all its a very good book. some times we hate our lives as it is but.....after reading this book i realized that i have so much more than jonas had. i have freedom and i have the power to choose . your life depends on the choces u make.
Date published: 2005-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Two thumbs up! This book is an excellent novel of a utopian society. This book will really get you thinking about the way we live and the way Jonas' community lives. This book really got me to thinking about subjects such as: -Freedom of Choice -Rules, Laws and Justice -Family Relationships -Love -Culture This book is an excellent, unusually interesting novel, that shares the cultural differences of a utopian society.
Date published: 2005-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Messenger I think that this book is excellent and anybody who doesn't read this is really missing out!!
Date published: 2005-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the giver I'm the type of guy who hates books and reading, but The Giver changed everything I LOVED IT! i couldn't put it down. It has excitmant, adventure, and suspence! And no other book has all that in one! This was the best book i ever read! I would give The Giver 5 stars because it makes you appretiate all the things you have in life.
Date published: 2005-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GOOD BOOK THIS IS THE BEST BOOK EVER!!!!
Date published: 2005-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THE BEST BOOK EVER This is the best book ever better than all the books I ever read so far. I reccomend this book to a lot of people. My friends said this book was wierd when Jonas wanted to go bathing with Fiona. They said it was disgusting, but I thought that the book was good!!!!!!
Date published: 2005-02-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Something was missing.... A good plot, interesting ideas, great characters....but something seemed to be lacking. I'm not sure what it was, but Lowry's latest book just seemed to be missing something....
Date published: 2005-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible!! The best book I have ever read. Recomended for everyone!
Date published: 2004-12-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from lovin it send me more book titles like this one!!! Hey I had read this book in class some what years ago it was a very very good book I have never read anything like this one I loved it and I really want to get emails on any other great books like this one well see yahj later thanx Ezzzzzz
Date published: 2004-12-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from It SUCKS! When I saw the cover of the book I'm like no way i'm going to like this story. But I had to read it because of my teacher. So I read and read and I still didn't like it. I thought that this book would be good..but it sucks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What's wrong with the author, but her other book was ok. All of my friend who read this hated it too! The Giver is WEIRD!!
Date published: 2004-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME! The Giver is an awesome book, i first read it when i was in elementary school, and now i read it all the time. It is a book you can read over and over and it just gets better and better. It's very creative and an awesome story line! Lois Lowry is an awesome writer..if there were any other books out there like this one i would definitely have them in my office.
Date published: 2004-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from scary how good it is Absolutely the best book ever the secrets that are revealed about kira are stunning and brilliant. two thumbs up (more thumbs up if we had more)
Date published: 2004-10-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Different from the others This is a must-read novel. It's one of those rare books where you have to think and guess, especially in the ending. It also makes you appreciate life a lot more and realize how lucky you are. Anyway, a really good book --- READ IT!
Date published: 2004-06-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book!! This book was great... I recommend it for all ages!!!It really is a hard book to put down. When I red it wich was not long ago, i had to read for english class. I didnt want because it is not my type of book. But i read on and it really makes you questionning and really gets you into the book! So you MUST read this book! iT is very good!
Date published: 2004-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must-Read For All Ages! The Giver depicts perfectly what each and every one of us take for granted in life. Things we don't even think about; weather, colour, and even music. My friend recomended this book to me three years ago and I since have read it exactly ten times! Each time I read it I pick up on something I did not notice previously. This book is full of deep meaning and is suitable for people of all ages. I reccomend this book to anyone and everyone! If you liked this book try Gathering Blue, the companion novel to The Giver, by Lois Lowry.
Date published: 2003-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from fabolous read for any mind omg this has to be the best book ever. the storyline n sturggles inbetween r just too much for words. not being able to love or feel, living through conformity. jus wow its so awesome and hard to put down, i hope one day someone makes this into an awesome movie. just reading it u can feel every part of the novel as if u were living through it. if u havent read itdo it n if u have read it again n again
Date published: 2003-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book This is definitely one the best books I have ever read. I read it when I was 11, and it affected me on a very deep level - to the point that it changed my perspective on life. A must-read for ANYONE.
Date published: 2003-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from none I can honestly say this book changed my life. I read it first in the 7th grade when my teacher kept me after class to give it to me. When i was in University, I wanted to read it again. I found it in the children's section and had to tell the librarian i was doing a project on it. this book alllowed me to reach feelings and depths of contemlation that most 13 year olds never know and although I've moved on to bigger books now, I will always remember the Giver as the beginning of a path that lead to my love and fascination of literature.
Date published: 2003-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Greatest thing ever to hit stands I loved this book. I couldn't put it down. This book was sort of like the Giver but it had its own thing to it. It showed a certain amount of pizazz and originality. But it also followed closely to the Giver throught its story line. I would recommend this book to everyone who would enjoy a good story and a passion for life.
Date published: 2003-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Lois Lowry has done it again! Her award winning book, The Giver, already astonished me. But then she followed up Gathering Blue and fainted with pleasure!
Date published: 2003-05-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Futuristic I would have actually given this book 4.5 but as you can see there are no points. I red this book with my class and it was like looking at what the futur would be like. Some parts of the book made you have emotions and some parts you'd be like i'm so glad that person did that because it just might help or get you in trouble. But I thought this was a good book and that you should get it out of the library or tell your teacher about this book.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2003-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Giver A great novel! One of my favorites.
Date published: 2003-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome I think the was an awesome book. There is also a twist at the end. When I started to read it, I couldn't stop. I would recmmend this book to anyone who loves to read.
Date published: 2003-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST BOOK! I had to read this book for school in grade 8, at first i didnt like it because it was hard to catch on to... but after a few chapters i really liked it and couldnt stop reading it! now im reading it on my own time for myself... THIS IS THE BEST BOOK EVER!!! if u dont read it u are missing out on alot!
Date published: 2003-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GIVER RULES The giver is a spendid piece of work by a splendid author. THis book is a can't-put-down book. You will be amazed at the ending.
Date published: 2002-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wouldn't you like to know? Have you ever wondered what life would be like without pain, pleasure, colours, and choices? In the book The Giver it shows the way life would be like if this was true. This is the story of a young man’s voyage to try and find the truth, the truth about colours, the truth about pain as well as pleasure. The truth about love, the truth about everything. The Giver takes place in a village where all the houses are the same, the buildings are plain and colourless, the plants have no colour, and everything is the same, nothing ever changes it’s always the same. I have always wondered what life would be like without choices we make in life. This book made me realize that we take for granted the little things in life like getting to choose what you wear, choosing what you want for dinner, as well as choosing what you get to do after school. The Giver would be a good book for any age group. It is an easy read but it is very interesting. It has a little bit of adventure as well as
Date published: 2002-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW! THIS BOOK IS AMAZING! this book is amazing. i have read most of lois lowry's books, and this was my favourite by her. of course, along with the giver. it really goes in depth about discovering blue thread, and you may see Jonas from the giver at the end if you pay attention.
Date published: 2002-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best This book is the best book I have ever read. I came on the web site to try and buy the book and read the reviews. After reading them I decided to leave one of my own and tell everyone else how great this book is. There are people who said it was confusing, I read it in sixth grade and I understood it. My guess is that the people who didn't like it don't like to actually think while they read. If you are one of those people then go and read your Sweet Valley High books (which are good but easy to read) and leave this one alone. If you actually like to think then I think that you will have as much fun with this book as I did. So enjoy and Happy Reading!
Date published: 2002-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Giver by Lois Lowry Lois Lowery has done an outstanding job writing this book. Taking place in the future in a community where everything is equal. Young Jonas impatiently awaits the ceremony of twelve where he will be selected for a most prestigious career as The Receiver, Jonas must receive all of the communities past memories of LOVE, HATE, WAR, HURT, and anything that would take away the equality of the community. Receiving all of these feelings and memories gives Jonas a new look on life and he begins to wonder if equality was what his community really wanted. This is so well written that you want to read more and Lowry has left the reader guessing what happens when the book is done. A good read for people of all ages.
Date published: 2002-06-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from The Giver was the WORST book I have ever read!!! The Giver by Lois Lowry is very strange. It basically tells you that this is a better place then our Earth. If Hitler in 1945 succeeded in winning World War Two he would have tried to make basically what Lois Lowry did in the book. I think this book tells people that if they have a problem, then basically just commit suicide. Rosemary did this because she could not handle the assignment Receiver of Memory . This book is very dull, it has no point at all, people don't get hurt, things like that. This book would be very good if the author did not make so many changes in their world. They do things so much differently then us and I think that the banning of this book in some schools is a good thing because there is no reason why a child should read this book and think of like washing other people, its just no right. I feel that this book deals with some sexual things and I think that younger children should not be reading something with such manner. Overall I give this book a on
Date published: 2002-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a great book!! This story takes place in a community where nobody has any choices, there is no colours, no music and there are all these rules. Jonas is a 12 year old boy who is named the receiver. He is given the memories (from the Giver) of the old time. He discovers all sorts of things (that can cause him much happiness and pain). The ending of the book confused me a bit because the author didn't tell us exactly what happened. Later when a read a note from the author I discovered that it was written that way on purpose. I would strongly recommend this book to everyone!
Date published: 2002-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! The Giver is an excellent book written by Lois Lowry. Jonas lives in a community with no choices and no colour, just sameness. On his 12th birthday, he is assigned to be the new receiver. The receiver has to hold all the memories by himself and he cannot tell anybody about the memories or his training. Jonas experiences painful, colourful, exciting and sad memories. Near the end of the book, Jonas and the Giver make a plan that Jonas will escape to another community and leave the memories behind. The Giver is an exciting and thought-provoking book. I highly recommend this novel to anyone who hasn't read it!
Date published: 2002-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extraordinary This book was an excellent novel that was able to create so many new points of view and outlooks on our life. This novel, set in a utopia, is based on a world of no feeling- no pain nor happiness. This plot is so great because it makes readers contemplate life and the things that we take for granted, such as something so simple like colours, or the most complex feeling known to us, love. The Giver was so amazing because it was able to give readers a taste of a world, robbed of all the things we take for granted, making us realize that life would be so dull, so meaningless without the ability to love or to see a simple rainbow. This book was so diverse and different that it was interesting and impossible to put down. This novel, In my opinion is enjoyable for anyone that wants something a little different. Overall this book leaves readers with a bit more appreciation for pain and life's problems because the pain that we face everyday is definitely worth all the happiness that we are abl
Date published: 2002-04-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from My Review on The Giver The Giver takes place in a Utopian society where everything is under control and there are no choices, war, fear, or pain. I think that the author, Lois Lowry, presents a glimpse of what our world could one day be like through the eyes of a young boy named Jonas. It would be a world with no war, pain, and homelessness, but also no love, feelings, colour, and happiness. In this novel, I think that the author presents us with a powerful thought that forces us to reflect about our lives until we can really appreciate the true meaning of life. I would strongly recommend The Giver to anyone of any age, because I feel it has a significant meaning to get across to all its readers-we should not take for granted what we have in our lives right now, because one day we may never have them. The Giver is a remarkable novel that ultimately depends upon the opinion and interpretation of each of its individual readers to create the ending. If you ever need a book to read, try readi
Date published: 2002-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Giver WOW!! Lois Lowry really out did herself on this masterpiece of imagination. She really shows how so careful we should be with the decisions we make, and how fortunate we are to have choice. Jonas, a 12-year-old male, was just chosen to be the new receiver of memory. Jonas lives in a small community with no worries, pain, or war, or so he thinks. He now has to feel pain, and other feeling that he has never felt before. He has to set off on a journey of his own to find true feelings, differences, colour, and even for the first time, love.
Date published: 2002-03-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from With good comes bad I really liked The Giver. I think that the message that the book tells us is very powerful. The book tells us that there is no such thing as a perfect world-that with everything good there is something bad. Even with something as powerful and wonderful as love there is hate and broken hearts. The book tells us that there is no such thing as a perfect world but to strive for perfection anyways. Shoot for the moon, even if you miss you'll land among the stars. I really liked The Giver, Lois Lowry did a good job.
Date published: 2002-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerfull This book keeps your eyes locked to it till the very end. I had to read it for a study in my grade eight class and I stayed up till 12:30 pm reading it. Lois is an amazing writer she makes you think, what is my idea of a Utopia.? Then she makes you realize, without hate there is no love, without sadness there is no happiness. This book should be read by anyone and everyone.
Date published: 2002-03-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sweet Deal This book was awsome and anyone who likes futristic novels they should read the giver. The only bad piont is the ending it could have used more adventure and no one knows where Jonas is now. Did he die? Did he get to Elsewhere? Only Lois Lowry knows!!!! Which Sux
Date published: 2002-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Giver #1 It was an excellent book!!!! I am 10 years old and i could leave the book down! My aunt chose the book for but iI thought I wasn't going to like it! When I stated to read it... it was like I was really in that book. I've already read it 5 times.
Date published: 2001-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Giver is #1 The giver was one of the best book's i was told to read, i read it in gr.7 for a roport i thought i wasnt gonna like it but then i couldnt put it down, i had always keep reading on. i could totally read this book again...
Date published: 2001-05-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Far From Reality Yet Can Be Related To The Giver is actually a book that we read in school. When I first started reading it, it seemed very weird. By that I mean it's not something we usually get from other novels. It talks about this small community where everything is thes same. The people who live there don't make their own decisions and don't have feelings. I first thought it was crazy, but if you think about it, it's not that bad. You can't make wrong decisions this way. It compared people with feeling with people without feelings. The author did a really good job on that, he captured the character's feeling very well. The one thing I don't really understand is the ending. It might just be that the author wants to leave the reader with some imagination of their own, but I think this book would be better if it has a more meaningful ending. Overall, I think it's a great book for teenagers to read.
Date published: 2001-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting, moving and eerie.... This is honestly the BEST book i have ever read. The story is amazing and is deffinately a real page turner. So far i have read it twice and both times i was right on the edge of my chair even though, by the second time, i already knew what was going to happen. I especially love the ending because it leaves room for u to imagine what could have happened insted of telling u exactly what did. I think everyone should read this amazing book!!!!
Date published: 2001-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Giver I thought that The Giver was kinda boring in the beginning, but it soon became very interesting and I was hooked on the book! It was amazing how an author can really take you to Jonas'community! I loved it and I'd recommend it to anyone who has a good understanding of a wide vocabulary.
Date published: 2001-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book!! I read an earlier copy of thiis book when I was in grade 6. 4 years later I am now in grade 10 and I still think this is an amazing book writen for all ages. Whether it is read to you or you read it your self the mystery of this book is thrilling. I loved this book and I hope to purchase it so I can read it anytime. I give it a whooping 5 stars because it is well writen and the book is just all around mind bending. I could not put this book down. Thanx for the great liturature.
Date published: 2001-03-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One of the best I am 11 years old and was right into this book. It was one the best ! I love reading i read 20 books a month. This one was my favorite. It is funny, mysterious and much much more. If you read this book and do not like it at the beginning you will not like it at all. The best thing is how there life is so perfect and how only he gets the memories no one else. Which i think is unfair i would like to know what the past was like if i lived in an color-lis land! I would like to know what is out there ! Thank you
Date published: 2001-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Glimpse into perfect corruption The Giver gives a glimpse into a world where life is nearly perfect. It is well written and the description is beyond compare. I have recommended this book to many people and I will continue to do so. Although the society they are living in is too perfect and it is corrupt because of the lack of feelings, colour and opinions the reader is taken aghast by the realness of the writing and how the main characters are mysterious yet in some cases easy to identify with. I reccomend it 110%.
Date published: 2001-02-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Giver, Louis Lowry The Giver is an exellent book about a boy named Jonas living in a community of sameness. Everything is perfect until he is chosen to be the new Receiver, then he learns about the real world of pain,war,difference, and choices. All together, it is a suspensefull book with many twists and turns. I definitely suggest it.
Date published: 2001-02-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay This book was okay I thought it was a little hard to understand. It kind of jumped from one thing to the other and was really confusing for me. I wouldn't recamend this book for younger readers but I would recamend it to young adults.Have fun reading
Date published: 2001-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MY FAVOURITE BOOK!!!! :) This book is a really good book, it's one of my favourties!!!!!!! You should really buy it and read it, or go to a library and take it out. It is about a boy that goes through alot in ahis teenaged life!
Date published: 2001-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unbelieveable! I don't usually read Lois Lowry's books but when I saw this book, something told me to pick it up and read it from front to back. The plots, characters and theme are all well written. I would recommend this book to everyone. :-)
Date published: 2001-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Courage and Bravery Jonus is a 12 year old boy, who has the understanding and knowledge of an old man.This book takes you into a world of courage and bravery. If you haven't read this book, I strongly suggest that you do
Date published: 2001-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST BOOK EVER this was the best book I ever read.
Date published: 2001-01-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from not bad but could be better Interesting book but very boring in the first chapters.If you like books with no action and a poor plot go and buy the Giver
Date published: 2001-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lois Lowry's Best Book Yet I am a big fan of Lois Lowry's books. I use The Giver and Number the Stars in my class as novel studies. My students especially love The Giver. I think she has outdone The Giver with Gathering Blue. The setting, plot, characters and theme are all interesting and well-developed. Her writing style and language is very readable, even for weaker readers. Gathering Blue is an excellent book that I would recommend to anybody(young or old) who enjoys a great story.
Date published: 2000-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read I think this is a great book. It shows how fortunate we are to see color and have feelings. We have freedom to choose our jobs and how many kids we live with. We may choose to keep both of our twins. They can't. The people in this book live in a community with a book of rules in every household. I would recomend this book to all who see color and want more.
Date published: 2000-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book Report novel- EVER I read alot therefore I know wich books are duds and which are worthy of instant recomendations, and this one is the later. I am currently working on this book for an English assignment-and it's actually good! Agreat bok for all ages.
Date published: 2000-10-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Giver I rave about this book! I started to read this book for homework for my English class but I didn't stop after chapter two, I just couldn't put the book down. It was that good! I know a book when I read one, and this is it!!
Date published: 2000-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Giver The Giver, by Lois Lowry, is an excellent piece of literature. It demonstrates the power of the government and the power momories can hold. It also demonstrates how powerful ignorance is. This is a must read for children and adults alike!
Date published: 2000-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Book Worthy of Honour The Giver is truly one of well-written books. The emotion displayed in this novel was easily transferred to the reader. Though it was fiction, you could still relate to Jonas, the main character, and his feelings. Every character was put together very well and reading it was like being in the story. I recommend this book to everyone regardless of age. It is truly one of a kind.
Date published: 2000-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the giver I have never written a book review before but i'll get right to it. the giver was a heart felt book about the loving bond bettween a young boy and his teacher. a book about the heart ache we all go through when we have to leave those we love. and a book about the experience of a new begining. the parts of overwhelming happiness and heart wrenching sadness in this book are enough to melt anyones heart. and bring a tear to their eye. this book is great for any teenager who feels lost in a whorlpool of emotions. the giver is my favourite novel. and if you think that it's a book you will like, i hope you read it and it touches your heart as much as it did mine. thank you for reading my review on this book
Date published: 2000-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Too good to be true! The Giver is about a boy named Jonas. At the 12 year ceremony they skip his number and leave him out! But that was because he wasnt selected. He was chosen to be the biggest job in the city. THE GIVER. Jonas didnt know this position even existed. He is amazed and soon goes for training. But what happens in his training is the real surprise. I am not one to read books twice but for this one I did immediatly! A fabulas book for 10 + age group. And Lois Lowry..... keep up the good work!
Date published: 2000-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Giver This is a fabulous novel. Its indeterminate ending offers readers a chance to essentialy choose their own conclusion. It is a masterpiece which I enjoyed studying in Children's Literature--and that I've enjoyed re-reading several times. I look forward to the day my daughters will be ready to enjoy it too.
Date published: 2000-06-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Giver I read "The Giver" when I was about 12 years old and found it to be one of the eeriest and most interesting books I have read. It was one of the first books that sparked my interest in reading and I would certainly recommend it to children (probably over 12)as well as to adults.
Date published: 2000-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cool This book was the best. I think it was very good. I thin kthe book was cool because it was about a community that was prefect.
Date published: 2000-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the best The book was amazing. I felt excitement when i read it and i want to thank my ESL teacher Mrs. Dunn because she gave me the chance to read it and i want to thank Lois Lowery for this novel
Date published: 2000-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Book Ever The book, The Giver by Lois Lowry is one of the best books that I have ever read. I think that everyone should read it and when I do read it I con't put it down.
Date published: 2000-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Masterpiece It was reeeeeaaaalllllly goood!
Date published: 2000-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderfully Excellent I have just finished reading The Giver and I must honestly say that it was one of the most greatly honored books that I have read. I think that it is very well described and I feel that such places like the setting in the Giver are in this world. I think that people who are interested in people and life should read this book for it is absolutly wonderful. Bravo Lois Lowry, another great classic.
Date published: 2000-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A GREAT BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This book is one of the best books I've ever read! Someone I know and her family loved this book. So, if YOU'RE not afraid of new things go ahead and read this book because I'm sure you'll love it.
Date published: 2000-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from COLOURS OR NONE OF THEM THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING BECUSE OF THE WAY THE PEOPLE IN THE TOWN TAKE A VIEW OF THINGS. THEY ARE NOT ABLE TO SEE COLOUR NOR DO THEY HAVE FREE CHOICE. EACH PERSON IS ASSIGNED A ROLE IN THE COMMUNITY. AN AMAZINGLY WRITTEN BOOK THAT OPENS UP LITTLE THINGS THAT WE FACE TODAY AND TURN THEM IN TO A MASTERPIECE
Date published: 2000-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW!!! I thought this book was one of the best I have ever read. It kept me on my toes wondering what was going to happen next!!
Date published: 2000-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dystopia of the spirit The classic dystopian model begins with the suppression of man's humanity. The charm -- and the power -- of 'The Giver', on the other hand, lies in a society where that humanity seems to be the first concern: Right choices are made for you, hungers fed, needs met before you're even aware of them. Only slowly does it become evident that life in Utopia has thus been stripped of all depth, nobility, and -- horrifyingly -- meaning. A remarkable achievement in the genre (there is a scene in which Jonas asks his parents 'Do you love me?'; their reply is as chilling as anything in Orwell) and a book to be considered long after the reading.
Date published: 1999-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book I read this book in grade 6 at first I started to read it and my brother said it would be to hard to read. Well I proved him wrong I read and read untill the book had to end. I enjoyed it so much, when the book ended it toched my heart. I also wished it wouldn't have ended. Indead this is the best book to read and chalange anyone to read it!!!
Date published: 1999-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from For All Ages When I first read "The Giver" I was in grade 4. I skipped a head of my entire class just to finish it. Now I'm in grade 10 tackling Robert Jordan, but I own a hardcover copy of this book. My mother and I both think this is an amazing book with a great insight into humanity. The story of Jonas is heart touching and will bring tears to the eyes of those who truely understand it. A marvelous piece of writing! I'd recommend it to anyone, especially those with colour in their lives! :)
Date published: 1999-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from i luved this book this is the best book in the world!! everyone i know that has read it thinks it's awesome!! even my friends that don't read that much!!! to the author keep up the good work!!!!
Date published: 1999-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Giver This was an amazing book about a boy in the future. He lives in a place that is totaly flat and has no weather. When he turns 12 and gets his job as Recever, He get images from the giver bout the war, pleasnt things and what thing we have here. Like the weather. This is an extreamly good book!
Date published: 1999-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! The Giver was amazing novel! I have never read a book with such powerful imagery! I had to read the book in my grade eight class, and I was just intriged by this novel! I think everyone should read this book!
Date published: 1999-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW This is a great book for people of all ages The Giver is a fantasy book you will find hard to close. Power language makes this book an exercise for your imagination.
Date published: 1999-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous!! This is a wonderful book!! I highly recommend this for readers of all ages. Lois Lowry's powerful imagery and deep character development makes this a very interesting read. It definately leaves one with a lasting appreciation for our freedoms, and teaches us valuable lessons about the undesirable things that we as a race sometimes take part in.
Date published: 1999-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Giver WOW!! This book was sooo great! I've read it 6 or 7 times! My grade 7 teacher read it to us in class and I just can't git over it!! I love the fantasy ideas!
Date published: 1999-10-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WWWOOWWW MY NAME IS ANGIE AND I AM 14 YEARS OLD, IN GRADE 6 MY TEACHER MRS GREEN(WHO NOBODY REALLY LIKED)MADE US READ "THE GIVER" "OH GREAT ANOTHER BORING BOOK!"WELL..... ME I THINKING I WONT READ IT I'LL JUST ASK A FRIEND FOR THE MAIN ASPECTS OF THE BOOK! WELL I DID HOWEVER READ THE BACK OF THE BOOK AND ALL I HAD TO SAY WAS "WOW!" I ENJOYED THE BACK OF THE BOOK SO MUCH I ENDED UP READING THE ENTIRE BOOK IN THREE DAYS, WITH AN A+ ON MY BOOK REPORT,THEN IN GRADE 7&8 I HAD TO READ IT AGAIN! I WAS VERY HAPPY ABOUT THIS! NOW UP UNTIL GRADE 6 I NEVER READ AN ENTIRE CHAPTER BOOK FROM FRONT TO BACK. MOSTLY BECAUSE I DIDNT FEEL LIKE IT! NOW I READ AN ENTIRE BOOK A WEEK! MY PARENT LOVE IT, AND READING SO MUCH HAS IMPROVED MY VOCABULARY ALOT! I THINK "THE GIVER" SHOULD BE A MANDITORY BOOK TO HAVE TO READ IN ALL GRADE 6 CLASSES IN CANADA!
Date published: 1999-10-05

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The Giver

by Lois Lowry

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Published: September 10, 2002

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0440237688

ISBN - 13: 9780440237686

About the Book

Winner of the Newbery Award and named as an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and ALA Notable Book for Children, Lowry’s unforgettable tale introduces 12-year-old Jonas, who is singled out by the Community to be trained by The Giver.

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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 year ago had been different. It was not a squat, fat-bellied cargo plane but a needle-nosed single-pilot jet. Jonas, looking around anxiously, had seen others — adults as well as children — stop what they were doing and wait, confused, for an explanation of the frightening event. Then all of the citizens had been ordered to go into the nearest building and stay there. IMMEDIATELY, the rasping voice through the speakers had said. LEAVE YOUR BICYCLES WHERE THEY ARE. Instantly, obediently, Jonas h
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From the Publisher

Lois Lowry’s The Giver is the quintessential dystopian novel, followed by its remarkable companions, Gathering Blue, Messenger, and Son.

Jonas''s world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear of pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the community. When Jonas turns 12 he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.

From the Jacket

"A powerful and provacative novel.”
-- The New York Times

About the Author

Lois Lowry is a multi-award-winning author who has written many popular books. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is the author of the popular Anastasia Krupnik books and was the recipient of the Newbery Medal for Number the Stars and for The Giver.

Editorial Reviews

"A powerful and provacative novel.”
-- The New York Times

Bookclub Guide

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’s society lies a very orderly and inexorable system of euthanasia, practiced on the very young who do not conform, the elderly, and those whose errors threaten the stability of the community. What are the disadvantages and benefits of a community that accepts such a vision of euthanasia?

4. Why is the relationship between Jonas and The Giver dangerous, and what does this danger suggest about the nature of love?

5. The ending of The Giver may be interpreted in two very different ways. Perhaps Jonas is remembering his Christmas memory–one of the most beautiful that The Giver transmitted to him–as he and Gabriel are freezing to death, falling into a dreamlike coma in the snow. Or perhaps Jonas does hear music and, with his special vision, is able to perceive the warm house where people are waiting to greet him. In her acceptance speech for the Newbery Medal, Lois Lowry mentioned both possibilities but would not choose one as correct. What evidence supports each interpretation?

6. There are groups in the United States today that actively seek to maintain an identity outside the mainstream culture: the Amish, the Mennonites, Native American tribes, and the Hasidic Jewish community. What benefits do these groups expect from defining themselves as “other”? What are the disadvantages? How does the mainstream culture put pressure on such groups?

7. Lois Lowry helps create an alternate world by having the community use words in a special way. Though that world stresses what it calls “precision of language,” in fact it is built upon language that is not precise but deliberately clouds meaning. What is the danger of such misleading language?

8. Examine the ways in which Jonas’s community uses euphemism to distance itself from the reality of “Release.” How does our own society use euphemism to distance us from such realities as aging and death, bodily functions, and political activities? What are the benefits and disadvantages of such uses of language?

Prepared by Gary D. Schmidt, Department of English, Calvin College

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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