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Giver, the (1993) [Novel]
by Lois Lowry Rating: Weighted - 8.2 / Average - 8.2 of 10 (44 votes) (Rate!)
Reviews: 3 (show them) Review!

Series: Giver Trilogy
Part: 1

Summary (From the publisher):

"It was almost December, and Jonas was beginning to be frightened."

Thus opens this haunting novel in which a boy inhabits a seemingly ideal world: a world without conflict, poverty, unemployment, divorce, injustice, or inequality. It is a time in which family values are paramount, teenage rebellion is unheard of, and even good manners are a way of life.

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.

Told with deceptive simplicity, this is provocative story of a boy who experiences something incredible and undertakes something impossible. In the telling it questions every value we have taken for granted and reexamines our most deeply held beliefs.

Original title: The Giver
Original languages: English

Quotes: 1 (show them)

Genre: FictionChildren & Young AdultScience FictionFuturistic Societies

Edition #1: Giver, the

Giver, the (1993)
Awards: Newbery Medal (1994)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "The simplicity and directness of Lowry's writing force readers to grapple with their own thoughts..." Booklist, Focus, Starred
  • "A richly provocative novel!" Kirkus Reviews, Pointer
  • "The final flight for survival is a s riveting as it is inevitable. This tightly plotted story and its believable characters will stay with readers for a long time." School Library Journal, Starred
  • "Lowry is once again in top form... a tale fit for the most adventurous readers." Publishers Weekly, Starred
  • "The theme of balancing the values of freedom and security is beautifully presented." The Horn Book Magazine, Starred
  • "A powerful and provocative novel!" The New York Times
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Manifested in:

Giver, the (September 2002)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Laurel Leaf
ISBN: 9780440237686
Dimensions: 4.13 x 6.87 x 0.44
Pages: 179

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