The Giver

The Giver

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Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1993.
ISBN: 9780395645666
0395645662
Branch Call Number: JSF/LOWR
Characteristics: 180 p. ; 22 cm.

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Lizarreola15
Jun 17, 2021

This novel, by Lowry, Lois, is titled The Giver, which is a highly enthusiastic book. It has many adventures, suspense and it also provides knowledge and it brings out a new point of view of what a “perfect” world really is. While The Giver was made into a book for ages 12+ i highly recommend reading it and really looking at the background that consists within this novel. I really enjoyed reading this book, it's filled with thrill and it's full of courage. The characters within the novel express themselves severely and they proceed the storytelling within a fluent book flow. If you're looking for a novel that experiences it all, you've found the right one! The Giver has fun, thrills, amusement, knowledge, pain, suspense, rule following and rule breaking, with many more reliable tones. While reading this book you can feel really connected with the characters and the author you can feel the story flow and the passion within the words, the more you read the more you appreciate what you have, and the more you realize what this world has to offer after all. You yourself experience new beginnings, new cultures, and new objectives, while you also experience the love for reading. Overall, the book The Giver is an excellent choice which I highly recommend.

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maxwellyouu
Jun 16, 2021

The Giver by Lois Lowry is an interesting and captivating novel set in a dystopian society. The Giver is a thoughtful and morally driven novel about a young boy named Jonas. It describes his role in a strictly regulated society where people have routine and systematic lives. Fear, pain, illness, conflict, hatred, and hunger have all been eliminated in society. At the age of 12, children learn their future role in the community which has been carefully chosen by the elders. Jonas is given the special role of The Receiver. He is passed down memories from The Giver which show life as we know it today. He learns of all the imperfections in life and feels emotions like pain and love. He starts to see colors and feel all the emotions that have been removed from his society. Jonas tries to share his memories with his peers in order to make his community better but he is swiftly stopped. Not wanting to continue his life in his dystopian society, he desperately makes an attempt to escape his community.
I found the main message of The Giver to be pure and admirable. I found The Giver to be very interesting and I would easily recommend everyone to read this book.

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Shreeya_Amin
Jun 05, 2021

The Giver is set in a systematic society of equality in the future. There are many strict rules of order such as assigned families, no freedom of expression, and a set schedule for everyone. In this community everyone is assigned a job at the age of 12 and Jonas gets the role of the Receiver. He receives memories of the past such as color, conflict, strong emotions, and war from the Giver. Jonas realizes what his community is missing and tries to help friends and family realize this. However, he is not allowed to share his memories and makes a desperate attempt to escape the community.
The main message of this book is that imperfections and diversity are what makes the world a good place to live in. I agree with this message and believe that the dystopian community in this story relates to it. I also found the idea of the community interesting as it is an opposite representation of what the world is like today. What I would critique about this story is that the ending was very vague and I would have preferred an ending that wasn’t so ambiguous.

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april_guitar10
May 26, 2021

The novel, The Giver, written by Lois Lowry is about a dystopian society where regulation is the basis for functioning. The community has to follow specific strict rules, and affairs such as childbirth are managed by a designated group of women. You do not get to choose your occupation, instead it is assigned to you at a coming of age ceremony. Also, family units aren’t directly related, not to mention that the size of each family is also regulated to a father, a mother, a daughter, and a son. The structured society is devoid of fun, imagination, color, emotions, etc. People in the community do not have memories of such things. Jonas, the main character, was assigned to be the future “receiver”, meaning he will have access to those feelings and memories of the outside world. As Jonas experiences the thrills of snow-sledding on a hill, or lives through the traumatic memory of war and bloodshed, he begins to see how much of the outside world he is missing out on. Thus, he begins his plans to escape the monotonous society he was born into for a better life outside.

I found this novel to be really interesting and well-written. It’s a must read if you’re a fan of dystopian literature. The ending of the novel did seem a bit rushed, and it did leave off on a cliffhanger as well. Despite this, I think the author’s intention was to leave room for the readers to imagine what events would ensue. Overall, The Giver by Lois Lowry was a fantastic read and I would recommend it to anyone who is 12 years or older.

Barrie_Teen_Lists Mar 24, 2021

The Giver is a thrilling story set in an idealistic and safe community where routine, conformity and organization are the norm. The world is set in grey-scale, monotonous and following a strict set of rules to keep the community in line. A family unit consists of a mother, father, one girl and one boy, where none of which are actually blood related. There are no holidays, no birthdays, and no ‘fun’ essentially. There is no conflict and no problems, because this systematic life is all the people know. Roles are given out at the age of 12 to determine a child's job in the community, decided by the community elders. When the main character, Jonas, receives the honorary role as The Receiver, he is given the memories of the outside world and what the community doesn’t have anymore. These are memories of life as we know now, with love and colour, imagination and war. Now with the knowledge of past generations, Jonas relives the feelings of pain, war, love and other experiences. He learns what colour is, along with seasons and temperature and affection. Jonas plans to escape his boring community for a better world- something that hasn’t been completed successfully in a long time. I absolutely enjoyed reading this book, and I recommend it to anyone interested in dystopian genres and science fiction.

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amandajolievo
Feb 05, 2021

The Giver is about an 11-year-old boy living in a utopian community where pain, fear, feelings, war, and lust doesn’t exist. Everyone looks the same and no one is allowed to judge others. People can’t have their own babies, instead, they are assigned to a family unit. There are assigned jobs for everyone including people who give birth to babies that are to be assigned to others. There is no freedom in this society and everything you do is watched. The protagonist is chosen to have a special job enduring all the memories of the past/real world, he receives a great load of pain from this job while everyone is ignorant of the past. I loved this book, it was highly interesting to the people in my class, and some even read ahead. This book was well written and every time you finish a chapter it leaves you wanting more. I definitely recommend this book to everyone!

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Feb 01, 2021

Lois Lowry’s “The Giver” is an award-winning book that leaves you wondering about so many things. This novel is focused on Jonas, a twelve-year-old boy who lives in a perfect community. Everyone and everything are the same. Despite portraying a community with basic emotions, there were a lot of complex emotions that I felt while reading this book. The overall message of the importance of individuality was made very clear throughout the book. I really enjoyed reading about the fantasy part where The Giver and Jonas are able to give memories to each other. The ending summed up the story amazingly well and horribly at the same time. The book has successfully left me hanging at Lois Lowry’s last words. I enjoyed reading this book, but the one thing that confused me was the audience the author had in mind. The writing was simple and easy to read, but there are many dark themes present. Overall, it was an enjoyable book that was intriguing, to say the least. 4/5-@India_ink of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

The Giver is one of the best books I've read. I read this book for a school project and genuinely loved reading it. I think the author did a great job portraying how we as a society can take things for granted in our daily lives. So much was taken away from the community involved in the story. Although everything may seem perfect on the outside, people in the community never experience what many of us get to have and feel, such as love and joy. I loved reading The Giver and recommend ages twelve and up to read the book if you truly want to understand the meaning behind the story. Rating: 5/5
@enhypen7 of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

ArapahoePatrick Jan 05, 2021

I decided to end my 2020 reading by revisiting one of my favorite books from my childhood. Initially I was worried that The Giver wouldn't hold up, but as I read it I was reminded of a lot of special memories from my middle school English class discussions. I think rereading this as an adult gave me a better connection to the characters and a better understanding of the book. I highly recommend any patron read this, especially any children who haven't had this book assigned to them. Revisiting it as an adult was a very special experience that I would encourage others to try as well.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Dec 22, 2020

This book starts off pretty slowly. It doesn’t give you much information at the beginning. But once the book starts to give some explanations, the story becomes very interesting and you begin to understand the reasons behind why certain things are what they are. My favourite part of the book would have to be when I figured out why this book was called “The Giver,” because that was the moment that got me really interested in the plot and made me want to read more. The only thing I found kind of annoying is how the book has an ambiguous ending and it basically leaves us with a cliff-hanger. Regardless, I would totally recommend this book to anyone because of how fascinating the story is. 4.5/5 -@firstname_lastname of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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danielgarcia2002
Dec 10, 2020

A very good book, it shows a great example of how society would be if everything was planned from the very beginning for everyone. Emotions and relationships are nothing in this place, families and jobs are chosen by the “Elders” who watch everything. It also had a good movie adaptation in my opinion and I liked how everything was black and white which represented how the world lacks color and feeling because it is all fabricated. In summary, a boy has come of age to be assigned his job which leads him to a man, The Giver, who reveals everything to him.

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Shreeya_Amin
Jun 05, 2021

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april_guitar10
May 26, 2021

april_guitar10 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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LoganEva
Feb 22, 2021

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alexqise
Jul 18, 2020

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kyang_91
Jul 15, 2020

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Jul 14, 2020

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reshmitham
Jul 10, 2020

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blue_cat_21973
May 09, 2020

blue_cat_21973 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 12

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Zaynabbokhari
Nov 26, 2019

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ReadingNightOwl
Dec 18, 2018

"Precision of language!"

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DeeDeeBird
Oct 14, 2018

"Do you enjoy me?"

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parnoosh
Jul 15, 2016

"The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It's the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared."

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Makemoney
Jul 06, 2016

“The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It's the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.”

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CasadyGirl
Apr 21, 2016

"There could be love." Jonas from The Giver

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ashley_ahadjitse
Mar 12, 2016

“We gained control of many things. But we had to let go of others.”

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ashley_ahadjitse
Mar 12, 2016

“We gained control of many things. But we had to let go of others.”

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ashley_ahadjitse
Mar 12, 2016

“We gained control of many things. But we had to let go of others.”

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blue_dog_8329
Jan 25, 2016

" Bye-bye little guy"

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derekhl
Dec 12, 2015

"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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gemmag12
Mar 08, 2019

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.

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rsagarin
Jun 12, 2017

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.

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cindyzhang1
Aug 30, 2016

Jonas struggles against the Sameness that everyone in his community adheres to.

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LandJ
Jun 04, 2016

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.
-LandJ

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xzhang17
Aug 22, 2015

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.

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Cade2016
Jul 14, 2015

This book has a sad ending because he dies no matter what. How could they make 3 more books off of this series?

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Kulsum_0
Jul 03, 2015

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.

janellejordan Jun 02, 2015

When Jonas takes a trip to the giver he finds out that there is much more to there world than everyone knows there is.

PImaLib_EvaO May 06, 2015

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.

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yiyiyaya99
Jul 31, 2014

Jonas lives in a perfect and controlled community where are there are no choices. Everybody is assigned a fitting role at the age of twelve. Jonas is singled out to become the next Receiver, and trains with the past Receiver, who is now the Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the world, and it is time for those memories to be passed on. Jonas is shocked upon receiving the truth about the world before him.

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LoganEva
Jan 28, 2021

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Frightening descriptions and memories of broken limbs, lethal injections, near-fatal hunger, and war

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Dragonrat703
Jul 03, 2017

Frightening or Intense Scenes: A baby is murdered by a needle injection and is then dumped down to an incinerator

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YewandeO
Nov 29, 2015

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Emotional, violent, or frightening memories.

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bafanabafana
Jul 29, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: lots

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bafanabafana
Jul 29, 2014

Violence: lots

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zunairaf
Jul 04, 2014

Violence: This title contains violence.

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mpbarua
Mar 29, 2014

Sexual Content: There is a scene where Jonas shares a dream he had about Fiona where he wanted to bathe her.

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mpbarua
Mar 29, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: There is a scene where Jonas' dad injects a baby with a poison.

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timbronitskiy
Jan 16, 2014

Other: Totally MaryBar74!! I'm with you!

MaryBar74 Aug 07, 2012

Other: Dark and frightening at times

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