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The Giver | [Lois Lowry]

The Giver

December is the time of the annual Ceremony at which each twelve-year-old receives a life assignment determined by the Elders. Jonas watches his friend Fiona named Caretaker of the Old and his cheerful pal Asher labeled the Assistant Director of Recreation. But Jonas has been chosen for something special. When his selection leads him to an unnamed man, the man called only the Giver, he begins to sense the dark secrets that underlie the fragile perfection of his world.
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Publisher's Summary

December is the time of the annual Ceremony at which each twelve-year-old receives a life assignment determined by the Elders. Jonas watches his friend Fiona named Caretaker of the Old and his cheerful pal Asher labeled the Assistant Director of Recreation. But Jonas has been chosen for something special. When his selection leads him to an unnamed man, the man called only the Giver, he begins to sense the dark secrets that underlie the fragile perfection of his world.

Told with deceptive simplicity, this is the provocative story of a boy who experiences something incredible and undertakes something impossible. In the telling it questions every value we have taken for granted and reexamines our most deeply held beliefs.

©1993 Lois Lowry; (P)1993 Random House, Inc., Listening Library, An Imprint Of Random House Audio Publishing Group

What the Critics Say

  • Newbery Medal Winner, 1994

"A powerful and provocative novel." (The New York Times)
"Lowry is once again in top form...unwinding a tale fit for the most adventurous readers." (Publishers Weekly)
"The author makes real abstract concepts, such as the meaning of a life in which there are virtually no choices to be made and no experiences with deep feelings. This tightly plotted story and its believable characters will stay with readers for a long time." (School Library Journal)
"This is a compelling prospect for family listening...[Ron] Rifkin's juxtaposition of the young boy and the old Giver has tremendous effect." (AudioFile)

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    Lisa Freeland, PA, United States 09-30-11
    Lisa Freeland, PA, United States 09-30-11 Member Since 2011
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    "The Giver - definitely a winner"

    Loved this book. Love the author. The narration was awesome. Cant wait to read more of her books.

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    Judy Freedom, WY, United States 07-14-11
    Judy Freedom, WY, United States 07-14-11

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    "Fantastic!"

    One of the best books ever written on the perils of too much government. The audio presentation of this book was spot on, and I enjoyed every minute of this great listen.

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    Victoria Provo, UT, United States 01-30-11
    Victoria Provo, UT, United States 01-30-11 Member Since 2008

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    The scariest thing about this book is that we DO live much as the author describes. And worse than that, we want to forget OURSELVES, even before the Government orders us to. We shush our elder people when they are talking about hard times they had at war, thinking wrongly that by such an act we help them to "get over it". If we pretend that something never happened we won't eliminate the pain of the past but we will ruin the feelings of the future.

    A wonderful listen from Audible.com

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    Jonathan Amherst, MA, United States 12-26-10
    Jonathan Amherst, MA, United States 12-26-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Simplistic"

    Smplistic, compared to the Hunger Games or Neil Gaiman's Graveyard Book. For younger readers.

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    Kathleen Wayne, PA, United States 10-18-10
    Kathleen Wayne, PA, United States 10-18-10 Member Since 2010

    School Librarian, Cybrarian, Voracious Reader and Lifelong Inquirer.

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    "A Classic"

    I expected "The Giver" to be a "kid's book." Technically it is, but any adult could appreciate this book. The Giver depicts a future world defined by utter conformity, which reminded me of Orwell's 1984, and had me thinking about this book for a long time. The reading level is certainly accessible to a 4th or 5th grader; but I'd recommend reading or listening to this with your kids so you can discuss and review the content. Nothing objectionable: it's just really deep, with an emphasis on thinking for oneself, with an uplifting message.

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    M. Clipper Phoenix, AZ 08-31-10
    M. Clipper Phoenix, AZ 08-31-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Pleasantly surprised"

    My wife has been using this book in her 8th grade language arts curriculum for several years now, but I only recently decided to give it a listen. I wasn't expecting much, but I was pleasantly surprised. For a book that's intended to be read by young adults, it deals with some fairly mature topics but does so as eloquently as possible. Overall, I thought the story was extremely interesting, but it left too many unanswered questions in my opinion. I would have thought this was an abridged version, because I felt this story could have gone much more in depth regarding the giving and receiving, as well as the history of the community. I also would have preferred a less ambiguous ending, but I guess that's part of what makes this book great for classroom discussion and interpretation.

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    Adeline Coos Bay, OR, USA 08-22-09
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    "Awesome!"

    Loved it! Reminded my of being a kid an reading it in school. Just a great book.

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    gatetraveler CA 08-17-09
    gatetraveler CA 08-17-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Super good!"

    At first I was a bit hesitant to listen to this when a friend loan me her cds. I started to listened to the first cd on my way to work (just so I can say I did listen to it)and needless to say I was hooked. The story made me think alot of our own society. It was very provoking to even think that we could be in this kind of situation ourselve. Not all seen to be what they seem. I had to buy my own copy so that I could share it with my grandchildren. Even brought the next two audio books that follow. I just hope that there will be a 4th book in the making. It left me wanting to know what really happened to Matt. Matt went through so much just to end the way it did. I would recommend these books to anyone.

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    Mike Seattle, WA, USA 05-11-09
    Mike Seattle, WA, USA 05-11-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Good listen."

    A fable of what humanity might become if those in charge sought a "perfect" world of efficiency, and homogeneity at the price of the human spirit.

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    Michelle Tucson, AZ, USA 05-26-06
    Michelle Tucson, AZ, USA 05-26-06
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    "Very good childrens' story"

    My sister recommended this book to me and I love to read childrens' books so I gave it a try and it is a really enjoyable, thought-provoking story. I really liked it and the only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was because I found the ending kind of lackluster compared to the build-up of the book.

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