Age Range: 8 - 12 years
Grade Level: 3 - 7
Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Ember; FIRST DELACORTE PRESS EDITION edition (January 24, 2006)
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The Giver by Lois Lowry is the Newbery Award winning classic from the early 1990's. It's an excellent example of a well written dystopian novel. With the popularity of the genre peaking with titles such as The Darkest Minds, Divergent, and The Hunger Games I wanted to return to this classic which I had first read over twenty years ago.
Jonas lives in a world that seems perfect. There is no pain, feelings or colors in the community he lives in. Everyone is assigned a job. There are no choices. When Jonas turns twelve, he is assigned the job of Receiver. This means he must bare the burden of the memories of pain and pleasure that the Giver holds.
Lowry writes a vivid depiction of a society that has let go of everything that makes each person an individual in exchange for a sameness that is more comfortable. Readers will feel the pain as Jonas feels pain and will root for Jonas as he makes a decision that will change the community forever.
This is the perfect book to put in the hands of fans of the Dystopian genre.”