The Giver

Lowry, Lois. The Giver. New York: Random House Children’s Books, 1993.
ISBN: 0440237688 pbk.
$ 6.50

Reader’s Annotation:
A classic utopian tale that follows the actions of one young boy caught in a world that only looks perfect.

What does it mean to be the Giver? Jonas is about to find out. Jonas has spent his whole life in the community. His life has held no pain, no fear, no war, and no choices. Every part of his everyday is carefully orchestrated so that he never has a disagreeable moment. When Jonas turns twelve he receives his first surprise. Jonas is picked to become the next Giver.

Being the Giver involves pain, it involves fear, and it involves choice. Those choices are plainly illustrated to Jonas with his first communication from the Giver. He is informed that he can lie and that he is allowed to be rude. Yet, the Giver carries a great burden for he may not take pain medication, he may not share his dreams, and above all else he may not apply for release.

But what is that the Giver does? What does he give? Jonas will soon find out the duties of the Giver. He will find that his new duties involve something more than giving. They involve holding a new knowledge. Will Jonas be able to handle his new assignment? He must for he is The Giver.

A Boston Globe- Horn Book Honor Book
An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
An ALA Notable Book for Children
Winner of the Regina Medal
A Booklist Editor’s Choice
A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year

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