The Giver

The Giver

Book - 1993
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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
Branch Call Number: JSF/LOWR
Characteristics: 180 p. ; 22 cm.


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Oct 20, 2020

In a society where feelings and emotions have been squashed to placate the masses, one young lad is chosen to be a living library of memories. He rebels by escaping to a land of color and a full life. Great American Read. Part of a quartet.

Sep 30, 2020

This book is AMAZING!!!! I loved the plot and it was beautifully written!

Sep 26, 2020

I have no way to explain how amazing this book is. the meaning in it is interpretable on many levels and the word choice is superb. only the best writers could hope to live up to this books standard.

Sep 22, 2020

The Giver is a fantastic book to read for people that like to analyze a book for its message. I really recommend this book for young readers/adults. Quick summary, The Giver is about a society that’s black and white. In this world there’s no pain or feelings. It’s all set up in a perfect organized way. Marriage, children, jobs, and etc. is given to you based on statistics/details about you. Jonas the main character in this book is different throughout this story. At the age of 12 he soon awaits his life assignment/job. Although, Jonas is selected for something very special. He is chosen to work alongside the man called The Giver. Slowly, he learns the role of the giver and the responsibilities with it. As he learns the truth, Jonas breaks the rules to fight for his loved one with the knowledge he has. Honestly out of all the books I read this book really goes into depth with the concept of society. The author really goes describes this painless society. She uses our world as a comparison to this world. Her language and complexity in this novel is deep enough for you to get intrigued but simple for young readers to comprehend it.

SAPL_Teens Aug 14, 2020

It was really awesome. I loved how he broke up society and made everyone really remember. 5/5 stars - SAPL Teen Read It & Review Contributor

Jul 24, 2020

The Giver takes place in a futuristic society where pain, fear, war, and hatred are all gone. It is a world with no diversity as everyone looks the same, and acts very similar. Kids at the age of 12 are assigned a job and adults are assigned kids. As a whole, this entire society is too perfect. The main character, Jonas, is different from the typical person, so he is chosen to be the Receiver, a person that receives the memories of the past, no matter if they are good or bad. Jonas goes through a series of different emotions and the fate of people and society falls on his shoulders. He must make the correct decisions or else everything can go wrong.
I really enjoyed The Giver mainly due to the fact that it tells the story of the pressure that Jonas, a teenager, must go through in order to expose what the society truly is. I loved how this book was super unpredictable because the plot could have gone numerous different directions which is incredibly different from many books that I have read. One thing that I did not like, on the other hand, is how the book become a little boring at times, but as a whole, it was pretty interesting. I would definitely recommend this book to kids in elementary and middle school as it is a good read.
- Age Rating: 13+

Jul 22, 2020

Twelve year old Jonas lives in a seemingly idealistic world: no pain, no sorrow, and no wars. However, there is also no happiness, animals, or colors. In Community, no one makes their own choices from their family to their occupation. No one has emotions except for one person: the Giver. Chosen as the Receiver of Memory, Jonas receives special training from the Giver about the pains and pleasures of life; a world before Sameness. How well will a boy, living in a utopian society, take on the memories of a life only we, the readers, experience? This is a great book to introduce the concept of society and values to children twelve years old and up. Some may argue that it is too dark and inappropriate for those younger than fifteen years old, but I’d say it is right up the alley for those in middle school. The main character is the same age as those readers, so the type of emotions he feels and actions he takes are things they can relate to. The parts that raise concern for some people, such as death and sexual feelings, are not explicitly stated. It is at a level appropriate for tweens. As one of the first books I read with a more serious message behind it, it is a book I remember well and hold dear. It is a good starting point to other works that are increasingly complicated and have deeper meanings. The Giver is a thought-provoking book with themes of utopia, dystopia, freedom, emotions, and choices. It makes one ponder the world they live in. I highly recommend it as a good read.
Star Rating: 4
Age Rating: 12+

Jul 21, 2020

The Giver, by Lois Lowry, is a science fiction about a world in which everything is chosen for you. In this world, society runs on many rules, from being polite to apologize for interrupting. And seemingly best of all, there is no pain or fear in the society. The story follows Jonas, who is turning twelve. Everyone in the society has their jobs, life, and family chosen by the Elders. Soon, Jonas and the rest of the children his age will be told their jobs at the ceremony of the twelves. Little does Jonas know that his job will change how he views his world and life.
When I read this book, I really enjoyed it. Lowry explores the themes of traditions and customs, memories, choice and rules through this story. I think the most compelling theme is choice. The author creates a society that completely takes away all choice from the citizens. When you look at the society from the outside, it seems like an utopia. Who wouldn’t want to live in a place where everything seems peaceful and happy? How could anyone refuse a place where pain and fear are no longer prevalent in our daily lives. However, under the surface, not everything is as it appears. Although it may be appealing to live in a place where everything is decided for you, The Giver explores how choices are the thing that makes life worth living. I learned how without the knowledge of the past, the choices you can’t make decisions in your life. You need the knowledge of pain and fear to live a meaningful life.

Jul 18, 2020

Jonas is an 11-year-old boy living in a dystopian future. In this future, there is no war and no suffering, but there are also no emotions or colors, and everything is controlled including who to marry and jobs. Jonas is at the age where he will receive his job, but to his surprise, he is given a crucial one, the Receiver of Memory. With this job, he is given special rules and receives memories from the old receiver now known as the Giver which unlocks emotions, colors, and many other things for him. Even with its very plain writing style, the Giver still has great imagery and symbolism including his brother Gabriel and the color red. As mentioned, the writing is rather plain making it pretty easy to understand, but beyond the literal meanings are deep messages which may be hard to find for some.

JCLLizW Jul 16, 2020

This is one of those books that I always meant to read but took forever to get around to...and I'm glad I finally did! Lowry does an amazing job of using details to help the reader imagine the dystopian Community and its Sameness. The Giver forces you to consider how the past impacts us and challenges the reader to think about the society they live in.

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Dec 18, 2018

"Precision of language!"

Oct 14, 2018

"Do you enjoy me?"

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."

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.”

Apr 21, 2016

"There could be love." Jonas from The Giver

Mar 12, 2016

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

Mar 12, 2016

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

Mar 12, 2016

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

Jan 25, 2016

" Bye-bye little guy"

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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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.

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.

Aug 30, 2016

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

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.

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.

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?

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.

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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Jul 03, 2017

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

Nov 29, 2015

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

Jul 29, 2014

Violence: lots

Jul 29, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: lots

Jul 04, 2014

Violence: This title contains violence.

Mar 29, 2014

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

Mar 29, 2014

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

Jan 16, 2014

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

MaryBar74 Aug 07, 2012

Other: Dark and frightening at times

Jul 09, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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