The Giver

The Giver

Book - 2012
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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 Harcourt, [2012], c1993
ISBN: 9780547995663
Branch Call Number: J FIC Lowry 3564
Characteristics: 225 p. --


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This book was banned or challenged because people claimed it encouraged suicide, was too dark for children, brainwashing, infanticide, euthanasia, and the degradation of motherhood and adolescence.


I felt like I was seeing Jonas' community for the first time just as he was. And the reality that he discovered about it was truly startling.

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Jonas has never imagined that anything could be different than it is. He lives In a world where everything is the same and everyone follows the rules. There is no hunger, no pain, no suffering. However, after he is chosen to learn all of the world's memories from the Giver he begins to see tha... Read More »

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Blemenchick Feb 25, 2012

Objection: Parent said teaching this book would be more appropriate for Gr. 11 instead of Grades 7 - 8

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Oct 14, 2018

I absolutely loved this book. It really makes you think and figure things out for yourself.
Even though it leaves you with a BIG FRUSTRATING CLIFFHANGER, it is definetly one of my favorites. 10/10

Sep 05, 2018

A very interesting read. I picked it up during my free time and immediately got immersed in it. The world was quite an interesting place, an ideal place but unable to make your own choices. The beginning was a great hook for me and the middle chapters exciting as he learned from The Giver. What really got me was the ending. It felt rushed and left you hanging. But it did leave you to think what happened afterwards but I would have liked more complete ending rather than loose ends. But overall this book is amazing and would recommend to others.8.5/10

this was a very interesting book and the story of it was very nice

May 31, 2018

I didn't know what to expect, other than the few reviews I read & see it highly listed. It is thought-provoking, maybe I need to read/listen again - more than once - for me it was a blank ending, as in, make your own determination. I don't believe one has to be a specific age, because I've heard Hatchet several times & don't get tired of this young boys trials.

Feb 22, 2018

I've seen the movie not only once but four different times. I even have the downloaded version of it, it makes so much sense about how you can't take away someone's way of life you just can't change it no matter how hard you try . I hope the book is as good as the movie.

Oct 12, 2017

A nice short novel that makes you appreciate the simple things in life. Surprising depth for a young demographic. The Giver provides thought-provoking ideas that will last even after finishing the story.

Sep 05, 2017

A very creative novel with abundant and specific details. That's one of my favorite book, and I love the movie too.

Aug 03, 2017

I really enjoyed reading The Giver because it was a different and unique story that didn’t bear any resemblance to anything I have ever read; the futuristic dystopian of my dreams! I honestly thought Lois Lowry has written this piece with a lot of intelligence. Seeing the characters react to the past and react to color really hits hard to home considering we are living in a world where problems are at their brinks and it may seem hard to imagine a world like that in which Jonas lives. A definite recommendation 4/5 for those looking for a dystopian and darker side of literature.
- @jewelreader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

This was a fairly good book by Lois Lowry. The book begins with showcasing the life of main character Jonas, and the author's take on what our communities may be like in the future. It's a slow start, but things begin to pick up towards the middle of the book. Once the main plot of the story begins to take place, readers are enticed with the intense action, and mystery of the Giver and Jonas. However, things start to speed up too fast, and the ending of the book gets horribly rushed. This creates a sense of disappointment and extreme dissatisfaction with the ending of the book. With a slow, boring start, dynamic middle chapters, and what was, in my opinion, an awfully lazy ending, the Giver was not one of my favourites. You're left waiting as you read for some interesting event to happen, but it never does. That is why the giver earns a 3/5 star rating from me. 
- @reviewguard of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Jul 27, 2017

I read this book because I heard a lot of great things about it. I really loved it! It's so different and complex, I've never read anything like it! The ending was very abrupt. I would've loved to find out more. But overall, very great book. I definitely recommend it!

Jul 22, 2017

Absolutely stunning. very mind-provoking and the movie does not even add up to the worth of this classic novel

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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"

Aug 29, 2015

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

Aug 22, 2015

“It's the choosing that's important, isn't it?”

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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.

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.

Jul 17, 2014

The Giver begins with Jonas who is 11 years old and lives in a community. He gets scared by the jet overflowing the community which had never happened before. But he thought he was just nervous because of the ceremony of twelves coming up. The ceremony of twelves is where over 12 kids go and choose their career.
Jonas lives with his parents and his dad is a nurturer. He brought a baby called Gabriel but Gabriel was going to be released when nobody adopts him by 2 years. Now we have to find the meaning of 'released' through reading. Once, Jonas was playing with an apple and he saw something different. The apple changed into a 'color' red and then turned back to 'no color' again. When Jonas went to the ceremony of twelves, he was excited about the job he would get chosen. But chief elder, the person who called out the names and jobs, skipped his name, and he was nervous and thought it was a mistake. As soon as he knew it wasn't a mistake, he was embarrassed. After everyone got a job, chief elder gave Jonas a very special job, 'The Giver'. He was chosen! Jonas had to get trained by the Giver before Jonas and it was very painful. Jonas finds out what releasing was and he gets really shocked. He was watching a baby getting released with the ex-Giver... The baby laid dead. The ex-Giver told Jonas about someone he loved called Rosemary. She was chosen for the Giver, too, but she couldn't do it. Because it was too painful, she asked for being released herself.
After Jonas knew what released truly meant and noticed what was going to happen to Gabriel, he plans to go to the 'ELSEWHERE' with Gabriel. The ex-Giver helped him get ready to go. Jonas got a lot of 'memories' from the ex-Giver and he leaves with Gabriel. He sees a lot of things which he didn't back in the community. Birds, animals.... But the ending is not very clean so Jonas could be dead or he could be alive. I think no one knows except the author.

Jul 03, 2014

Jonas's world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear of pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the community. When Jonas turns 12 he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.

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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

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

Mar 29, 2014

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

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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