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The Giver

The Giver

Book - 2014
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Living in a "perfect" world without social ills, a boy approaches the time when he will receive a life assignment from the Elders, but his selection leads him to a mysterious man known as the Giver, who reveals the dark secrets behind the utopian facade.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©1993.
ISBN: 9780544430785
Branch Call Number: YAF LOWRY, LOIS
Characteristics: xii, 240 pages ; 22 cm


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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.

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!

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.

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

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.

Dec 07, 2020

This book is amazing!!!! It has a wonderful plot and it is beautifully written. If you have not already, you need to read it! ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ Loved it! The rest of the series is really good too!

Dec 03, 2020

i hate how both the main people die it sucks it was getting good to then they just die like that

Nov 07, 2020

How have I never read this book? It's so well written and really gives you a sense of how a society could end up at this place where everyone just follows rules without question all so they are protected from the harder things in life.

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.

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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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Jan 28, 2021

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

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

Frightening or Intense Scenes: lots

Jul 29, 2014

Violence: 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

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