The Giver Quartet, Book 1eBook - 1993
1994 Newbery Medal Winner
The Giver, the 1994 Newbery Medal winner, has become one of the most influential novels of our time. The haunting story centers on twelve-year-old Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community. Lois Lowry has written three companion novels to The Giver, including Gathering Blue, Messenger, and Son.
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blue_cat_21973 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 12
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"The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It's the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared."
“The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It's the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.”
"The world is filled with color, the color that we have on hands, on our body. Before, there was darkness, there was a wall blocking the path of those who wanted to cross it."
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The Giver is a dystopian novel that takes place in a seemingly perfect and peaceful Community that was free of any sufferings or pain. In order to remove all differences between people in the Community, memories from the past were completely erased, along with any color, emotions, and individuality. When 12-year-old Jonas was selected as the next Receiver of Memory and given the responsibility of carrying all the memories from the past, he was exposed to the dark secrets that were hidden from the rest of the Community. While Jonas experienced some pleasant memories such as snow and birthday parties, he was also forced to experience pain and grief for the first time from memories of war, starvation, and death. Because of this, Jonas learned about the reality between the Community and the real world outside and planned to save the Community from its oblivion. The Giver is a powerful book that shows how, in an attempt to create a completely equal and safe community, they ended up with a society where the government controlled every aspect of the people’s lives and hid dark truths. Additionally, this novel tells of the dangers of a society where individuals rely completely on the government to make choices for them, rather than thinking and making decisions for themselves. My favorite part of The Giver is when Jonas started seeing and learning about different colors for the first time. Jonas slowly began to see the things and people in his Community in color, which represented the start of his ability to see beyond. This was my favorite part because Jonas was finally able to experience the positive things in life that the government tried to get rid of. -Jocelyn
The book “The Giver” is a really interesting book I believe everyone should read. It’s about this boy named Jonas how lives in a place where a lot of older people lived throughout the novel he start remembering all these memories from the past soon then he was given the job to be The Receiver and in which later is known as The Giver. Throughout the story it shows how he feels from being able to remember stuff from the past.
I would rate this is a 10/10 it is really interesting it shows a lot of emotional appeal and the author makes the reader think about because once you think about what the author is say your mind is just blow her writing is so phenomenal.
I would recommend this book to most 6-8 graders because it is a challenging book but very fun to interpret because it is more like a scientific mystery book fun to read but you have to understand what the book is about.
Jonas lives in a community that revolves around the concept of "sameness". From a lack of opportunity to form his own opinions, Jonas has come to believe that this is the ideal way of life. When he is assigned the role of receiver at the Ceremony of Twelve, everything changes. He has access to memories of a time before sameness. He begins to question what really is ideal and distances himself from those around him to a point where he can no longer function in the community and believes he needs to find a far away place not often talked about known as elsewhere.
Jonas struggles against the Sameness that everyone in his community adheres to.
This book is about a young boy named Jonas who lives in a society strictly controlled by the elders. Every one follows rules and nobody knows about their past. Eventually, kids will be given jobs were they will stick with for their whole life. Jonas is special and gets a job where he is given memories of the past.
This novel takes place in a futuristic dystopian society that is characterized by Sameness. Although hunger and conflict are inexistent, so are emotions and freedom. When Jonas becomes the Receiver of Memory, the Giver (the previous Receiver of Memory) transmits memories of life prior to Sameness to him. As his experiences allow him to see all his friends and family are missing, Jonas becomes increasingly isolated when he is no longer satisfied with his life in the community.
This book has a sad ending because he dies no matter what. How could they make 3 more books off of this series?
This book is about a world where there is no color but when Jonas realizes something different by throwing a apple a new adventure begins.
When Jonas takes a trip to the giver he finds out that there is much more to there world than everyone knows there is.
This is a story of a young man named Jonas who is selected for a special assignment, replacing the Receiver. The Receiver is the person in the community that holds all the memories of the past. He is called upon when the council needs his advise on what to do in certain situations. The story is of how Jonas reacts to receiving these memories.
Frightening or Intense Scenes: A baby is murdered by a needle injection and is then dumped down to an incinerator
Sexual Content: There is a scene where Jonas shares a dream he had about Fiona where he wanted to bathe her.
Frightening or Intense Scenes: There is a scene where Jonas' dad injects a baby with a poison.