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The Giver

Lowry, Lois

(Book - 2006?)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Giver
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Random House, Inc.

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

When Jonas turns 12, he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. Now, it’s time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.



Baker & Taylor
At the age of twelve, Jonas, a young boy from a seemingly utopian, futuristic world, is singled out to receive special training from The Giver, who alone holds the memories of the true joys and pain of life.

Baker
& Taylor

At the age of twelve, Jonas, a young boy from a seemingly utopian, futuristic world, is singled out to receive special training from The Giver, who alone holds the memories of the true joys and pain of life. An ALA Notable Book for Children & Newbery Medal Winner. Reissue.

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Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, [2006?]
New York : Houghton Mifflin, 1993
New York : Dell Laurel-Leaf, 2002,1993
New York : Bantam Doubleday Dell Books for Young Readers, 1994, c1993
ISBN: 9780385732550
0385732554
9780395645666
9780440237686
Branch Call Number: YA FICTION LOWRY...L
Characteristics: 180 p. ; 18 cm

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Jan 21, 2015
  • ashfia7012 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

omg! the book was so amazing

Jan 15, 2015
  • blue_chicken_235 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

this is a great book but at then end of the book I wish they would tell you what happened to them

Jan 13, 2015
  • Whitewolfgranny rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Informing me that I wouldn't want to have that kind of a world.

Jan 09, 2015
  • BothellTeenLibrarian rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

The Giver is about a society that is perfectly controlled to suppress personal feelings. When the main character is chosen to be the next keeper of history, emotions and memory of the entire society, he begins to question the rules he has always known. The story is suspenseful and intriguing. The book challenges you to think about the freedoms we take for granted. It is really intense and would be best read over a short period of time because it can be confusing if you take a break between chapters. It is slow moving, and might not be the first dystopian novel I would recommend to a younger reader.

Jan 09, 2015
  • GLNovak rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Lowry spends a lot of time setting the stage. We learn about the perfect family and the perfect community as lived by 11-year-old Jonas, and then, slowly at first but gaining momentum, we see the society in a totally different light. It is a story about relationships, both interpersonal and societal, and how the dynamic of those relationships can change with new knowledge and experience. This is a good introduction to dystopian fiction for young people aged 12 or so who may not have imagined another kind of society before. It covers the eternal question - 'would our lives be better if our world were managed differently?' I found the ending emotionally engaging, and was happy to know this is the first in a series following Jonas into the future.

Dec 30, 2014
  • karen9 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

The Giver is a sweet story about a boy growing up in a society where things are predetermined for him. He ends up with the role assisting with the Giver. He learns about power of feelings through his journey, something he would not have learned otherwise in his society. It's a adorable and meaningful story for children and youth.

Dec 27, 2014
  • meagan3 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The Giver is amazing-- I was hooked right away. I was not too thrilled about having to do this book for a book club, but i am so glad i did. I love books where you're reading about a whole new world such as in The Giver-- no color, no pain and so many strict rules. I love this book so much.

Loved the book.
Reread it recently and watched the movie.

Nov 30, 2014
  • Sreeja2005 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed reading this book. The author Lois Lowry talked about a new society where everybody was equal. I would love to live in such a society, that is fair, organized and safe. However, can there be no love when it's so perfect?

The Giver, written by Lois Lowry, is set in a seemingly utopian society. Everyone within the society looks and behaves the same, due to the fact that their number one goal is to achieve “sameness,” which means exactly what it sounds like. It is only when Jonas, the main character of the novel, is given his future career, that someone finally decides to question whether their way of life is practical or not. He begins to wonder if blocking out emotion and feeling really is the best for the people, or whether they should eliminate this way of life once and for all.

The name “The Giver” comes from the wise old man Jonas must work with when he is assigned his job as The Receiver of Memory. Jonas must be the one to endure all of the pain and emotions that the rest of the community has eliminated because memories of the past cannot disappear completely. The Giver was once The Receiver of Memories, and is now in charge of passing on these emotions and memories to Jonas. When Jonas does understand the reality of how bland and boring their way of life is, he decides there is something he must do.

The Giver is the first of four in the series. Lowry has written a moving novel, one which truly keeps her audience reading. Through the use of censorship and restrictions, the novel allows readers to think for themselves, and decide whether this novel is truly a utopian or a dystopian society, depending on their personal views. This type of “interactive” experience is what really leads to how you feel about the story once you have completed it. It is truly an enjoyable experience.

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Jan 06, 2015
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Dec 30, 2014
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Oct 11, 2014
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Sep 25, 2014
  • violet_duck_150 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Sep 06, 2014
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Jul 31, 2014
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Jul 30, 2014
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Jul 13, 2014
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Jan 15, 2015
  • blue_chicken_235 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It's the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.”

Dec 27, 2014
  • meagan3 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

He wanted to disappear, to fade away, not to exist. He didn't dare to turn and find his parents in the crowd. He couldn't bear to see their faces darkened with shame. Jonas bowed his head and searched his head and searched through his mind. What had he done wrong?

Jul 09, 2014
  • usmanbaig rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It's the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.”

Jul 04, 2013
  • navy_swan_16 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"We gained control of many things. But we had to let go of others." (p. 95)

Jun 26, 2013
  • Tuka Al-Hemed rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“The life where nothing was ever unexpected. Or inconvenient. Or unusual. The life without colour, pain or past.”

Feb 09, 2013
  • VaderandZurgRULE rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Jonas had not been assigned. He has been selected.

Dec 17, 2012
  • LazyNeko rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

"The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It's the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared."

Aug 25, 2012
  • tt14 rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

"That's it Asher you're released!

Aug 15, 2012
  • Blue_Baboon_132 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Understandable!!

Jul 28, 2012
  • chrisgotstacks rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

AMAZING

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Jul 31, 2014
  • yiyiyaya99 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Jonas lives in a perfect and controlled community where are there are no choices. Everybody is assigned a fitting role at the age of twelve. Jonas is singled out to become the next Receiver, and trains with the past Receiver, who is now the Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the world, and it is time for those memories to be passed on. Jonas is shocked upon receiving the truth about the world before him.

Jul 17, 2014
  • getsoemstars rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

The Giver begins with Jonas who is 11 years old and lives in a community. He gets scared by the jet overflowing the community which had never happened before. But he thought he was just nervous because of the ceremony of twelves coming up. The ceremony of twelves is where over 12 kids go and choose their career.
Jonas lives with his parents and his dad is a nurturer. He brought a baby called Gabriel but Gabriel was going to be released when nobody adopts him by 2 years. Now we have to find the meaning of 'released' through reading. Once, Jonas was playing with an apple and he saw something different. The apple changed into a 'color' red and then turned back to 'no color' again. When Jonas went to the ceremony of twelves, he was excited about the job he would get chosen. But chief elder, the person who called out the names and jobs, skipped his name, and he was nervous and thought it was a mistake. As soon as he knew it wasn't a mistake, he was embarrassed. After everyone got a job, chief elder gave Jonas a very special job, 'The Giver'. He was chosen! Jonas had to get trained by the Giver before Jonas and it was very painful. Jonas finds out what releasing was and he gets really shocked. He was watching a baby getting released with the ex-Giver... The baby laid dead. The ex-Giver told Jonas about someone he loved called Rosemary. She was chosen for the Giver, too, but she couldn't do it. Because it was too painful, she asked for being released herself.
After Jonas knew what released truly meant and noticed what was going to happen to Gabriel, he plans to go to the 'ELSEWHERE' with Gabriel. The ex-Giver helped him get ready to go. Jonas got a lot of 'memories' from the ex-Giver and he leaves with Gabriel. He sees a lot of things which he didn't back in the community. Birds, animals.... But the ending is not very clean so Jonas could be dead or he could be alive. I think no one knows except the author.

Jul 09, 2014
  • usmanbaig rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book's summary is where a memory has to be transfer to another person

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.

Jun 26, 2014
  • olive_dove_22 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Very good. I was very impressed with this book. It shows a lot of sci-fi and realistic fiction at the same time.

May 25, 2014
  • omdarbandi rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

In short…this book is about a young boy who thinks this world is a lame place to hang out.

This is a great book that i very much recommend. It is about a different world that a boy lives in. He finds many secrets and gets into problems trying to save a child.

Aug 15, 2012
  • Blue_Baboon_132 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is mainly about a boy named Jonas, his sister Lily, Mother , Father, Friend Asher, Friend Fiona, And The Giver! The ceremony of 12 arrives jonas is the receiver for now then he'll become the giver by receiving memories of all types. I know that the ending of the story is hard to say what happened but what happens is that when he takes gabe the baby and run away because he doesnt want them to release him first thing in the morning. The giver helps them to run away because he agrees that he want not just one person to have the memory of the past that they dnt get or see now but to share the memories with everyone to know the past and their history. they arrive on the sled they glide down on the snow there is a light that they see at the bottom they hear singing colorful lights and trees and they knew that they were waiting for them to arrive. What at the other end is CHRISTMAS!! they probably went back around the community and when they came back its wasnt how it was before because he was in a new society. So they joined the circle of people a began singing christmas cherals with them. So that means that they did not die!!!! this is a must read the book u'll get sucked in to it :) ;)

Jul 28, 2012
  • chrisgotstacks rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I LOVE THIS BOOOK THE END IS VERY TWISTING AND DARING I ALMOST CRIED

Jul 13, 2012
  • JessicaGMei rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The Giver is a dystopian children's novel by Lois Lowry. It is set in a society which is at first presented as a utopian society and gradually appears more and more dystopian. The novel follows a boy named Jonas through the twelfth year of his life. The society has eliminated pain and strife by converting to "Sameness," a plan that has also eradicated emotional depth from their lives. Jonas is selected to inherit the position of "Receiver of Memory," the person who stores all the past memories of the time before Sameness, in case they are ever needed to aid in decisions that others lack the experience to make. When Jonas meets the previous receiver—The "Giver"—he is confused in many ways. The Giver is also able to break some rules, such as turning off the speaker and lying to people of the community. As Jonas receives the memories from the Giver, he discovers the power of knowledge. The people in his community are happy because they don't know of a better life, but the knowledge of what they are missing out on could create major chaos. He faces a dilemma: Should he stay with the community, his family living a shallow life without love, color, choices, and knowledge, or should he run away to where he can live a full life?

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Aug 07, 2012
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Other: Dark and frightening at times

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