Overview 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.
Publishers Description Lois Lowry's "The Giver" is the quintessential dystopian novel, followed by its remarkable companions, "Gathering Blue," "Messenge"r, and "Son." 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.
Awards and Recognitions The Giver by Lois Lowry has received the following awards and recognitions -
Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award - 1995 Winner - Grades 3-8 category
Garden State Teen Book Award - 1996 Winner - Fiction (Grades 6-8) category
Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Book Award - 1996 Winner - Grades 4-8 category
Buckeye Children's Book Award - 1997 Winner - Grades 6-8 category
Citations And Professional Reviews The Giver by Lois Lowry has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
New Yorker (The) - 06/15/2010 page 132
Ingram Paperback Advance - 06/01/1999 page 14
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Studio: Bantam Books for Young Readers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 4.25" Height: 6.75" Weight: 0.2 lbs.
Release Date May 11, 1999
Publisher Bantam Books for Young Readers
ISBN 0553571338 ISBN13 9780553571332
Availability 0 units.
More About Lois Lowry
Lois Lowry is known for her versatility and invention as a writer. She was born in Hawaii and grew up in New York, Pennsylvania, and Japan. After several years at Brown University, she turned to her family and to writing. She is the author of more than thirty books for young adults, including the popular Anastasia Krupnik series. She has received countless honors, among them the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award, the California Young Reader's Medal, and the Mark Twain Award. She received Newbery Medals for two of her novels, NUMBER THE STARS and THE GIVER. Her first novel, A SUMMER TO DIE, was awarded the International Reading Association's Children's Book Award. Ms. Lowry now divides her time between Cambridge and an 1840s farmhouse in Maine. To learn more about Lois Lowry, see her website at www.loislowry.com
Lois Lowry currently resides in Cambridge, in the state of Massachusetts.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Giver?
Hey! Sep 10, 2007
Hey! look over here ok now that I've got your attention, if you're looking for a strange but good book then this is the perfect book for you. The Giver by Lois Lowry explains how the Giver gives Jonas thoughts and teaches him different feelings from everyone else. To start, Jonas lives in a very strange town. The community that he lives in is unusually different in its ways and rules. Also, in The Giver, he gives Jonas real thoughts and feelings. The feelings are happy, sad, and miserable. Finally, Jonas leaves the community. Unfortunately, if I tell you why it would ruin the whole story! So you better read this book to find out why Jonas ran away!
Good middle school book Aug 25, 2007
School report for my son (8th grader) He liked it, I read it too and enjoyed it.
Modern-day classic Aug 15, 2007
Anyone who wouldn't give this book 5 stars, must have missed the point. It's on my list of 10 all-time best books I've read. I read the book 10 years ago & still think about the main characters. This author is such a clever writer. A real pleasure to read her books. I've read them as an adult, even though they are written for teens. Great book club discussion book!
A great classic Aug 6, 2007
This was the book that turned me on to reading as a child. I bought this copy to remind me of simpler days. And you know what? I still loved it. It's great for people of all ages. The creativity and originality of this story will captivate the young as well as the old, still a page turner!
A must read. Jul 27, 2007
If you haven't read it yet, you must. You just must. It's such an interesting idea for a book, one that is bound to interest all ages. I think I've read it 5 times. Oh, the sequels.. they aren't as great. But enjoy this one!