It's a perfect world, where everything looks right. But ugly truths lie beneath the surface...It is the future. There is no war, no hunger, no pain. No one in The Community wants for anything. Everyone is provided for. Each Family Unit is entitled to one female and male child. Each member of The Community has their profession carefully chosen for ...Read MoreIt's a perfect world, where everything looks right. But ugly truths lie beneath the surface...It is the future. There is no war, no hunger, no pain. No one in The Community wants for anything. Everyone is provided for. Each Family Unit is entitled to one female and male child. Each member of The Community has their profession carefully chosen for them by the Committee of Elders, and they never make a mistake. Jonas, a sensitive twelve-year-old boy, had never thought there was anything wrong with his Community, until one day. From the moment Jonas is selected as the Receiver of Memory at The Ceremony, his life is never the same. Jonas discovers that The Community is not as perfect as it seems. Although they appear to have everything, they are missing something of great importance. It is up to Jonas, with the help of the Giver, to find what long ago had been lost. And so Jonas embarks on an adventure to save the world as he knows it. Simply and beautifully written, The Giver is sure to touch the heart of every reader. Lois Lowry deals with issues of everyday life that are so often taken for granted. Through the noble character of Jonas, she presents a glimpse of what could be the future. As the tension in the novel mounts, so does the number of questions that Lowry confronts the reader with. The Giver is a book of courage and adventure, and most importantly, one of deep thought. Once readers make contact with Lowry's treasure, they may never see things exactly quite the same. Lowry presents a forceful novel that demands to be heard and philosophically dealt with.Read Less
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I read THE GIVER, part one, and couldn't put the book down!! I followed this with the other 3 books of The Giver series and highly recommend the book(s) to all readers. I understand the movie is coming out in the summer of 2014. READ THE BOOK FIRST & enjoy the movie later.
Aug 23, 2012
When I first got the book in the mail I laughed and how small it was, It's definatly one you can finish in a day if you have the time. Once I started reading it I couldn't put it down. It's a great story. I felt the ending was left as a "you decide what happens ending" and I like that. Very well written.
Jan 7, 2012
a different kind of book...
It was suggested to me to read this book by a young adult man. He said that it changed his perception of how life works. I enjoyed it as it is a different sort of book that reminds one of what might be or might have been. Almost like a fantasy read..but more believable. It is one of those books whose story pops into my head weeks later..so I would say that indicates a good book. The story helps to validate emotions, love and relationships, also the value of life. I am an older woman so I think many ages would value this story.
Aug 18, 2011
the book came in perfect conditions and the delivery was fast
Feb 18, 2011
Outstanding and Riveting
Read this for the first time with students in sixth grade...we could not stop reading it...the students hurried with their assignment to get to the reading time.
Its a wonderful read and great new consept from a writer...we could not imagine the ending.
Publishers Weekly, 1994-08-08 Winner of the 1994 Newbery Medal, this thought-provoking novel centers on a 12-year-old boy's gradual disillusionment with an outwardly utopian futuristic society; in a starred review, PW said, ``Lowry is once again in top form... unwinding a tale fit for the most adventurous readers.'' Ages 10-up. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 1993-02-15 In the ``ideal'' world into which Jonas was born, everybody has sensibly agreed that well-matched married couples will raise exactly two offspring, one boy and one girl. These children's adolescent sexual impulses will be stifled with specially prescribed drugs; at age 12 they will receive an appropriate career assignment, sensibly chosen by the community's Elders. This is a world in which the old live in group homes and are ``released''--to great celebration--at the proper time; the few infants who do not develop according to schedule are also ``released,'' but with no fanfare. Lowry's development of this civilization is so deft that her readers, like the community's citizens, will be easily seduced by the chimera of this ordered, pain-free society. Until the time that Jonah begins training for his job assignment--the rigorous and prestigious position of Receiver of Memory--he, too, is a complacent model citizen. But as his near-mystical training progresses, and he is weighed down and enriched with society's collective memories of a world as stimulating as it was flawed, Jonas grows increasingly aware of the hypocrisy that rules his world. With a storyline that hints at Christian allegory and an eerie futuristic setting, this intriguing novel calls to mind John Christopher's Tripods trilogy and Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Match Girl. Lowry is once again in top form--raising many questions while answering few, and unwinding a tale fit for the most adventurous readers. Ages 12-14. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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