The Giver

Lowry, Lois

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Giver
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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, [2012]
ISBN: 9780547995663
0547995660
Branch Call Number: j LOWRY 2012
Characteristics: 225 p. ;,22 cm

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The classic of dystopian young adult fiction.

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.

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.

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. The first book in a series that just gets better as it continues on!


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Mar 18, 2015
  • Jlderdall rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Loved this book! Anxiously awaiting the second in its series, 'Gathering Blue'.

Mar 17, 2015
  • alvinasmile rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Oh, this book is AMAZING, FANTASTIC!!! I REALLY LOVE THIS BOOK!!! \(≧v≦)/

Mar 16, 2015

The Giver is a book my language class is reading. I love to read so I red the book out at home. This is a very life teaching book. It's amazing and gets you to think a lot about the world you live it and that you should be contented with what you have. And even in this utopian word that Jonas lives in, it's still not perfect. And that's whta we have to realize. And this is definitely a life changing book.

Feb 28, 2015
  • wmtlady rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A book that demands discussion; all parents should engage their children in conversation over topics covered (such as "sameness" and having or not having feelings) rather than letting "public education" control the input and direction of their child's conclusions.

Feb 27, 2015

I loved this book as a teen, but it seemed a little trite re-reading it as an adult.

Feb 24, 2015
  • David2433 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I think this is a very good book for anyone to read. I have read it in my classroom and I found the Giver and its next 3 books very entertaining.

Feb 24, 2015
  • KingSalomon rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

An interesting and sad book

Feb 05, 2015
  • crazycoolbff rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

AWESOME book!!!! I LOVED it!!!!

Feb 02, 2015
  • modestgoddess rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Really enjoyed this - a quick read, pulls you through from start to finish. Lowry has created an amazing "utopia". The ambiguity about being released was nicely maintained until the meaning of the word is revealed - I kept seesawing over what I thought it was. Looking forward to reading Gathering Blue next - just a little bummed out that I'm 20-something on the holds list!

Jan 21, 2015
  • ashfia7012 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

omg! the book was so amazing

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Mar 14, 2015
  • Edith_Foreshew rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Edith_Foreshew thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

Feb 05, 2015
  • crazycoolbff rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

crazycoolbff thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

Jan 06, 2015
  • apreston2010 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

apreston2010 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

Dec 30, 2014
  • olive_dolphin_41 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Oct 11, 2014
  • blue_dolphin_309 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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Sep 25, 2014
  • violet_duck_150 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

violet_duck_150 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 9

Sep 06, 2014
  • white_cheetah_184 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

white_cheetah_184 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

Aug 20, 2014

Michellelovesreading thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 11 and 99

Aug 02, 2014

red_alligator_6151 thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

Jul 31, 2014
  • yiyiyaya99 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Jan 15, 2015
  • blue_chicken_235 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

Dec 27, 2014
  • meagan3 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

He wanted to disappear, to fade away, not to exist. He didn't dare to turn and find his parents in the crowd. He couldn't bear to see their faces darkened with shame. Jonas bowed his head and searched his head and searched through his mind. What had he done wrong?

Jul 09, 2014
  • usmanbaig rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

Jun 12, 2014
  • pnvomaha rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

Jul 04, 2013
  • navy_swan_16 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"We gained control of many things. But we had to let go of others." (p. 95)

Jun 26, 2013
  • Tuka Al-Hemed rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“The life where nothing was ever unexpected. Or inconvenient. Or unusual. The life without colour, pain or past.”

Feb 09, 2013
  • VaderandZurgRULE rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Jonas had not been assigned. He has been selected.

Dec 17, 2012
  • LazyNeko rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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

Aug 25, 2012
  • tt14 rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

"That's it Asher you're released!

Aug 15, 2012
  • Blue_Baboon_132 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Understandable!!

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Jul 31, 2014
  • yiyiyaya99 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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
  • getsoemstars rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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 09, 2014
  • usmanbaig rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book's summary is where a memory has to be transfer to another person

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.

Jun 26, 2014
  • olive_dove_22 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Very good. I was very impressed with this book. It shows a lot of sci-fi and realistic fiction at the same time.

May 25, 2014
  • omdarbandi rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

In short…this book is about a young boy who thinks this world is a lame place to hang out.

May 03, 2014

This is a great book that i very much recommend. It is about a different world that a boy lives in. He finds many secrets and gets into problems trying to save a child.

Aug 15, 2012
  • Blue_Baboon_132 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is mainly about a boy named Jonas, his sister Lily, Mother , Father, Friend Asher, Friend Fiona, And The Giver! The ceremony of 12 arrives jonas is the receiver for now then he'll become the giver by receiving memories of all types. I know that the ending of the story is hard to say what happened but what happens is that when he takes gabe the baby and run away because he doesnt want them to release him first thing in the morning. The giver helps them to run away because he agrees that he want not just one person to have the memory of the past that they dnt get or see now but to share the memories with everyone to know the past and their history. they arrive on the sled they glide down on the snow there is a light that they see at the bottom they hear singing colorful lights and trees and they knew that they were waiting for them to arrive. What at the other end is CHRISTMAS!! they probably went back around the community and when they came back its wasnt how it was before because he was in a new society. So they joined the circle of people a began singing christmas cherals with them. So that means that they did not die!!!! this is a must read the book u'll get sucked in to it :) ;)

Jul 28, 2012
  • chrisgotstacks rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I LOVE THIS BOOOK THE END IS VERY TWISTING AND DARING I ALMOST CRIED

Jul 13, 2012
  • JessicaGMei rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The Giver is a dystopian children's novel by Lois Lowry. It is set in a society which is at first presented as a utopian society and gradually appears more and more dystopian. The novel follows a boy named Jonas through the twelfth year of his life. The society has eliminated pain and strife by converting to "Sameness," a plan that has also eradicated emotional depth from their lives. Jonas is selected to inherit the position of "Receiver of Memory," the person who stores all the past memories of the time before Sameness, in case they are ever needed to aid in decisions that others lack the experience to make. When Jonas meets the previous receiver—The "Giver"—he is confused in many ways. The Giver is also able to break some rules, such as turning off the speaker and lying to people of the community. As Jonas receives the memories from the Giver, he discovers the power of knowledge. The people in his community are happy because they don't know of a better life, but the knowledge of what they are missing out on could create major chaos. He faces a dilemma: Should he stay with the community, his family living a shallow life without love, color, choices, and knowledge, or should he run away to where he can live a full life?

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Jul 29, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: lots

Jul 29, 2014

Violence: lots

Jul 04, 2014

Violence: This title contains violence.

Jan 16, 2014
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Aug 07, 2012
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Other: Dark and frightening at times

Jul 25, 2011
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Violence: This title contains Violence.

Jul 09, 2011
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