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ISBN13: 9780440237686
ISBN10: 0440237688
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Winner of the Newbery Medal and named as an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, Lowry's unforgettable tale introduces 12-year-old Jonas, who is singled out by his community to be trained by The Giver.

Review:

"A powerful and provocative novel." The New York Times

Review:

"Lowry is once again in top form... unwinding a tale fit for the most adventurous readers." Publisher's Weekly

Review:

"This is a stunning, provocative science fiction story that will inspire discussion." Children's Literature

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"Winner of the 1994 Newbery Medal, Lowry's thought-provoking fantasy challenges adolescents to explore important social and political issues. The Giver trains twelve-year-old Jonas as the next Receiver of Memory, the community's receptacle of past memories. This seemingly utopian society (without pain, poverty, unemployment, or disorder) is actually a body- and mind-controlling dystopia (without love, colors, sexual feelings, or memories of the past). In an exciting plot twist, Jonas courageously resolves his moral dilemma and affirms the human spirit's power to prevail, to celebrate love, and to transmit memories. From the book jacket's evocative photographic images — The Giver in black and white; trees in blazing color — to the suspenseful conclusion, this book is first-rate. Just as Lowry's Number the Stars (which received the 1990 Newbery Medal) portrays the Danish people's triumph over Nazi persecution, The Giver engages the reader in an equally inspiring victory over totalitarian inhumanity." The ALAN Review

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"In a complete departure from her other novels, Lowry has written an intriguing story set in a society that is uniformly run by a Committee of Elders. Twelve-year-old Jonas's confidence in his comfortable 'normal' existence as a member of this well-ordered community is shaken when he is assigned his life's work as the Receiver. The Giver, who passes on to Jonas the burden of being the holder for the community of all memory 'back and back and back,' teaches him the cost of living in an environment that is 'without color, pain, or past.' The tension leading up to the Ceremony, in which children are promoted not to another grade but to another stage in their life, and the drama and responsibility of the sessions with The Giver are gripping. The final flight for survival is as riveting as it is inevitable. The author makes real abstract concepts, such as the meaning of a life in which there are virtually no choices to be made and no experiences with deep feelings. This tightly plotted story and its believable characters will stay with readers for a long time." School Library Journal

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.

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Rodney Wilder, September 22, 2014 (view all comments by Rodney Wilder)
With a scalpel-sharp economy of words, Lois Lowry fleshes The Giver's increasingly unsettling utopia hauntingly. The reader grows along with Jonas, seeing more and more of the reality and experience, both beautiful and ugly, that hides behind Sameness' grayscale veil. Beautifully rendered, in a way that is engaging but doesn't compromise an affecting narrative for superfluous delivery. A must-read exploration on the place of experience and individuality in community.
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Yuin, January 31, 2013 (view all comments by Yuin)
This book is great, it makes me want to read the quartet. Love the writing style, and can't wait to read more!
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Yuin, January 31, 2013 (view all comments by Yuin)
This book is great, it makes me want to read the quartet. Love the writing style, and can't wait to read more!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780440237686
Author:
Lowry, Lois
Publisher:
Laurel Leaf Library
Author:
Lowry, Lois
Author:
Ward, David
Location:
New York, N.Y.
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Social Situations - General
Subject:
Ethics
Subject:
Social Situations - Values
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - Science Fiction
Subject:
Control
Subject:
Euthanasia
Subject:
Social control
Subject:
Ciencia-ficciâon
Subject:
Etica
Subject:
Control social
Subject:
Social Issues - Values
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Coming of age
Subject:
Situations / General
Subject:
General-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
Readers Circle
Series Volume:
27
Publication Date:
20020931
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
from 4 up to 7
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
6.91x4.22x.53 in. .22 lbs.
Age Level:
12-17

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Product details 192 pages Laurel Leaf Library - English 9780440237686 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A powerful and provocative novel."
"Review" by , "Lowry is once again in top form... unwinding a tale fit for the most adventurous readers."
"Review" by , "This is a stunning, provocative science fiction story that will inspire discussion."
"Review" by , "Winner of the 1994 Newbery Medal, Lowry's thought-provoking fantasy challenges adolescents to explore important social and political issues. The Giver trains twelve-year-old Jonas as the next Receiver of Memory, the community's receptacle of past memories. This seemingly utopian society (without pain, poverty, unemployment, or disorder) is actually a body- and mind-controlling dystopia (without love, colors, sexual feelings, or memories of the past). In an exciting plot twist, Jonas courageously resolves his moral dilemma and affirms the human spirit's power to prevail, to celebrate love, and to transmit memories. From the book jacket's evocative photographic images — The Giver in black and white; trees in blazing color — to the suspenseful conclusion, this book is first-rate. Just as Lowry's Number the Stars (which received the 1990 Newbery Medal) portrays the Danish people's triumph over Nazi persecution, The Giver engages the reader in an equally inspiring victory over totalitarian inhumanity."
"Review" by , "In a complete departure from her other novels, Lowry has written an intriguing story set in a society that is uniformly run by a Committee of Elders. Twelve-year-old Jonas's confidence in his comfortable 'normal' existence as a member of this well-ordered community is shaken when he is assigned his life's work as the Receiver. The Giver, who passes on to Jonas the burden of being the holder for the community of all memory 'back and back and back,' teaches him the cost of living in an environment that is 'without color, pain, or past.' The tension leading up to the Ceremony, in which children are promoted not to another grade but to another stage in their life, and the drama and responsibility of the sessions with The Giver are gripping. The final flight for survival is as riveting as it is inevitable. The author makes real abstract concepts, such as the meaning of a life in which there are virtually no choices to be made and no experiences with deep feelings. This tightly plotted story and its believable characters will stay with readers for a long time."
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