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The Giver

The Giver Quartet

Lois Lowry

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Twelve-year-old Jonas lives in a seemingly ideal world. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver does he begin to understand the dark secrets behind this fragile community.   This ebook includes a sample chapter of GATHERING BLUE.

Publishers Weekly Review

Apr 26, 1993 – In the ``ideal'' world into which Jonas was born, everybody has sensibly agreed that well-matched married couples will raise exactly two offspring, one boy and one girl. These children's adolescent sexual impulses will be stifled with specially prescribed drugs; at age 12 they will receive an appropriate career assignment, sensibly chosen by the community's Elders. This is a world in which the old live in group homes and are ``released''--to great celebration--at the proper time; the few infants who do not develop according to schedule are also ``released,'' but with no fanfare. Lowry's development of this civilization is so deft that her readers, like the community's citizens, will be easily seduced by the chimera of this ordered, pain-free society. Until the time that Jonah begins training for his job assignment--the rigorous and prestigious position of Receiver of Memory--he, too, is a complacent model citizen. But as his near-mystical training progresses, and he is weighed down and enriched with society's collective memories of a world as stimulating as it was flawed, Jonas grows increasingly aware of the hypocrisy that rules his world. With a storyline that hints at Christian allegory and an eerie futuristic setting, this intriguing novel calls to mind John Christopher's Tripods trilogy and Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Match Girl. Lowry is once again in top form--raising many questions while answering few, and unwinding a tale fit for the most adventurous readers. Ages 12-14.

Customer Reviews


I read this book in class and fell in love with it. I recommend this book to anyone. It's very interesting. It's a great page turner and it's the kind of book that after your done reading it you wish you would have read it slower because you just don't want it to end. It deserves more than 5 stars if you ask me.

Serious reading

This book is for thinkers. It's not light hearted fluff. Don't read it if you are looking for a fairy tale. But do read it if you want to be affected for a very long time. Loved it 5th grade and I love it now!

First experiences

The Giver, was probably my favorite book in middle school. The thought of a world like theirs made me grateful and actually appreciate how our work is full of unique and different people. The book also made me thankful, in a way, that our emotions are so strong and are just really important tools that we take for granted. Just like color and how most people don't give a second glance at it. If something's red,to someone it's just red, but to someone else it's something spontaneous and magical. I enjoy the first experiences Jonas has with his new feelings and emotions. They make you feel brand new to so many things. Your first crush, first time you were terrified, your first teenage angst, or whatever else. It's just a great book. Besides this ramble, it overall is just a great read.

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The Giver
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  • $2.99
  • Level: Grades 7 and Above
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fantasy
  • Published: Apr 26, 1993
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Seller: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
  • Print Length: 192 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: The Giver Quartet
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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