The Giver

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This post is in honor of Boy’s favorite book growing up: The Giver, by Lois Lowry

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The blurb: 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.

A review that I endorse: In a world with no poverty, no crime, no sickness and no unemployment, and where every family is happy, 12-year-old Jonas is chosen to be the community’s Receiver of Memories. Under the tutelage of the Elders and an old man known as the Giver, he discovers the disturbing truth about his utopian world and struggles against the weight of its hypocrisy. With echoes of Brave New World, in this 1994 Newbery Medal winner, Lowry examines the idea that people might freely choose to give up their humanity in order to create a more stable society. Gradually Jonas learns just how costly this ordered and pain-free society can be, and boldly decides he cannot pay the price.

It’s one of those books that will encourage conversations and critical thinking, a book that will be enjoyed across generations.

I give this book to most kiddos I know on their ninth birthday.  If you haven’t read it, consider reading it now.

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  1. I’m adding it to my list of books to read. Thanks.

    • Mrs. Tucker says

      I love this book. When I wrote this post, I made a point to make sure I read the book again. Timeless.

  2. Sounds like a boy I would love! And Amara, too! I added it to my wish list. Thanks!

  3. A wonderful book! I am so glad that you recommended it…really makes you think. Remember the Twilight Zone episode where everybody has the pig nose? Same themes…I read her follow ups to this book, and they are good, just not as good as this one! Thanks for the great post!

    • Mrs. Tucker says

      It’s a conversation starter. Love when others love a book I do! Thanks for coming by. Come back soon!

  4. Saw this on Ducks n’a Row! I was a middle school English teacher and I loved teaching this book. It was really accessible to my kids without being overwhelming. Always provoked great discussion, even with pre-teens!

  5. I also was a middle school English teacher and used The Giver as a unit each year. I never had a student who was not moved by this story.

  6. Stefanie W says

    I loved this book as a kid. It’s been years since I’ve read it, I think it’s time for a reread!


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