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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.

Paperback, 240 pages
Published on July 1, 2014 by HMH Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0544336267
ISBN-13: 9780544336261
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  • zombie22
    zombie22Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 2:40 pm55 stars
    the giver is a great book
    • m1lk3y_w4y
      m1lk3y_w4yThursday, March 1, 2018 at 2:34 pm55 starsFeatured
      Jonas is an eleven year-old boy who lives in a world with color or war. Basically, a world where everything is uniform. They call it "Sameness." All Jonas wants is to live a normal life, but during the Ceremony of Twelve, the one where all the elevens would be assigned their assignment for the rest of their lives, his whole life if turned upside down. Soon Jonas has to train alone and separately, and feels isolated from his friends and family. He tries to help but all he does is make things worse. Now he feels aloof and reserved, and he can't tell anyone about it. He decides to run away as a way to help himself not starve for choice and as a way to help his people, since Sameness/Climate Control has taken away so much from him. His teacher, The Giver, agrees and helps Jonas plan a way to escape. Jonas is the Receiver of Memory who plans to change the course of history. Can he do it? Or will he get caught and be forced to live a terrible life as an outsider? To find out, read The Giver, by Lois Lowry. I give this 5 stars and recommend it to anyone wanting a challenge. This was one of my favorite novels I've read.
      • epringles23
        epringles23Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 11:53 am55 stars
        This is a great and heartfelt book! It is a lot like The Selection series, so if you read this and really liked it, I recommend you read the Selection! Not for younger ages, absolutely for at least middle school age. Very heartfelt, and kept me on the edge of my seat!
        • meadowlark12
          meadowlark12Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 11:55 am55 starsFeatured
          This is the best book i have ever read. It is a book about discovering new things and embracing them the best you can. Jonas is about to turn twelve, the age where all children are given a role and job in their colorless, well-oiled machine of a community. Before his ceremony of Twelve, he sees flashes of what seems to be color. At his Ceremony, he is selected to be the next Receiver of Memories under the Giver. The Giver, an old man, shows Jonas memories of beauty, color, and love- but also war, and pain. This book is truly deserving of the Newbery Medal it won in 1994.
          • gtaylor505
            gtaylor505Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 10:45 am55 stars
            The Giver is a great book, centered around a boy named Jonas in a dystopian society where everything is without color, music, or memories. If you're looking for something to read, definitely try out this book, as well as the other companion books.
            • robloxtornado
              robloxtornadoThursday, October 19, 2017 at 6:33 pm44 stars
              Short but still AWESOME!!!
              • sanchita123
                sanchita123Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 12:09 pm55 stars
                This book was pretty good. I liked it a lot becuase it was very intersting. The plot is really good and it has lots of twists and turns. I would recommend it.
                • bookqueen1o13
                  bookqueen1o13Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 3:32 pm55 stars
                  this book made me cry. in this book there is no color, no emotions, Life is do you job and come home Jonas the main character was given the chance to be the next generation Giver which means first being the receiver. this enables him to experience things like color and music. he also learns to feel all sorts of emotions like pain, suffering, loss, joy, and love. <3 once Jonas learns how messed up his world is he finds himself rearing to leave with a babyhe bonded with. what will happen next????
                  • demosthenes
                    demosthenesMonday, August 28, 2017 at 8:34 pm55 stars
                    This was an exotic novel about individuality set far in the future. It's in world with no color or memories of the Earth's history. A boy named Jonas is chosen to be the 'Receiver' who works under the 'Giver'. Jonas is meant to slowly receive memories and understanding of feeling from the Giver. The writing was slow to start and builds up excitingly. The world Louis Lowry creates is interesting and enjoyable. A great read-if you are into this type of story.
                    • ravenclawella
                      ravenclawellaWednesday, August 16, 2017 at 5:34 pm55 stars
                      The Giver shows how different the world would be if everything was the same. Everything in Jonas's life is as simple as black and white. There is no gray areas. Then, one day, Jonas is chosen to be the Receiver and his world is forever changed. The job of Receiver allows Jonas to see color for the first time, to experience feelings for the first time, and to see the good and bad of everything life has to offer.

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