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.
December is the time of the annual Ceremony at which each twelve-year-old receives a life assignment determined by the Elders. Jonas watches his friend Fiona named Caretaker of the Old and his cheerful pal Asher labeled the Assistant Director of Recreation.
But Jonas has been chosen for something special. When his selection leads him to an unnamed man - the man called only the Giver - he begins to sense the dark secrets that underlie the fragile perfection of his world.
Even the children were scolded if they used the term lightly at play, jeering at a teammate who missed a catch or stumbled in a race. Jonas had done it once, had shouted at his best friend, “That’s it...
Whether she's writing comedy, adventure, or poignant, powerful drama-from Attaboy, Sam! and Anastasia Krupnik to Number the Stars and The Giver-Lois Lowry's appeal is as broad as her subject matter and as deep as her desire to affect an eager generation of readers. An author who is…
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The Giver - Thought-provoking and haunting
Even before I was officially an author, I was blown away by Lois Lowry's "The Giver." I first read this book when I was pregnant and practically didn't put it down from start to finish. It shook me to my core.
The way Lois makes you really think about the world, pain, and beauty in new and startling ways was incredible to me. I don't go back and reread this often, but it carries with me.
I loved the description of Beginning to notice colors. The thoughts of what it would be like to constantly have to check in with authority that doesn't have your best interest in mind.
And I love a book that takes you into a world so similar AND different than ours.