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It's a perfect world, where everything looks right. But ugly truths lie beneath…

Imagine a world without poverty, war or pain. A world where everything is comfortable and familiar - a world where everything is the same. No colour, no music. In such a world, Jonas is selected to be the next Receiver of Memory and is apprenticed to the Giver, an old man who stores memories from the Community’s past. As Jonas learns about violence and sadness, as well as beauty and joy, he discover the sinister truth behind his safe existence.

Simply and beautifully written, The Giver is a thought-provoking look at utopian society. It was awarded the Newbery Medal in 1994.

Hardcover, 192 pages
Published on March 1, 2001 by HarperCollins UK
ISBN-10: 0007111827
ISBN-13: 9780007111824
307 Book Reviews
  • foreverregancorn
    foreverregancorn2 months44 stars
    Imagine a perfect world. No pain, no war, and no choices. Each person is asigned a role in there community once they reach the age of twelve. When Jonas is skipped, it means he will be killed. But no, he will be the next giver 5 out of 5
    • paxthefox88
      paxthefox886 months55 stars
      OH my gosh. This book really made me feel how important it is to be unique and how easily our society could be controlled by the government to the extreme. but on a happier note this book is a great read if you like Lois Lowery.
      • wils1304
        wils13047 months55 stars
        my ela techer and my class read this this year
        • lololpop12344
          lololpop1234410 months11 star
          depressing story reaaly sad
          • silverstream77
            silverstream7711 months55 stars
            AMAZING! AMAZING! AMAZING! Read this, you will love it! This book makes you think so deeply about decisions and their impacts. Read this, because you're life will be better for it. Quote from back of " Wonder".
            • thisishard
              thisishardabout 1 year44 stars
              its really cool i like it it had suspense and i got to hear something the really interested me maybe it will interest you too
              • 2corsos
                2corsosabout 1 year44 stars
                Can't put this book down! Very enjoyable. I rate 4 out of 5.
                • waterdroplet
                  waterdropletabout 1 year44 stars
                  So Jonas is a boy who lives in a town with no colors and no music. It is the same thing everyday. Then the day that all of the eleven year olds get their jobs. During that ceremony they skip over him which means that he will be killed. At the end they come forward and say that he will become the new Giver. They are in charge of keeping all of the memories including the ones of pain and suffering. His father then decides that he has to kill a baby because it cries at night. So he runs away. Does he make it to his destination? I recommend this book for kids 10+ because that age group will probably understand better.
                  • rebeccafrosting
                    rebeccafrostingover 1 year44 stars
                    Jonas, the receiver -of-memory, has 4 things that a Receiver needs. The Giver has a terrible memory about the last receiver. Jonas goes on a journey to a place where everyone could get memories. However, It s hard to go…
                    • animereina2021
                      animereina2021over 1 year55 stars
                      The Giver is unlike any book I have ever read before. A boy named Jonas starts discovering the dark side of his world as he becomes assigned with an important task. I would recommend this to adolescents only because it might be a little inappropriate for younger readers.