It is a world without conflict, poverty and inequality. Conformity and happiness are a way of life. But for Jonas, things are different. While his friends are selected to be doctors or teachers, Jonas is sent to the Giver where he discovers the secrets that lie beneath the surfac... read full description below.
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||Children / Young Adults
||Children / Young Adults
||Children/juvenile;Primary and secondary/elementary and high school
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It is a world without conflict, poverty and inequality. Conformity and happiness are a way of life. But for Jonas, things are different. While his friends are selected to be doctors or teachers, Jonas is sent to the Giver where he discovers the secrets that lie beneath the surface of his world.
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Winner of John Newbery Medal 1994
||In a radical departure from her realistic fiction and comic chronicles of Anastasia, Lowry creates a chilling, tightly controlled future society where all controversy, pain, and choice have been expunged, each childhood year has its privileges and responsibilities, and family members are selected for compatibility. As Jonas approaches the Ceremony of Twelve, he wonders what his adult Assignment will be. Father, a Nurturer, cares for newchildren ; Mother works in the Department of Justice ; but Jonas's admitted talents suggest no particular calling. In the event, he is named Receiver, to replace an Elder with a unique function: holding the community's memories - painful, troubling, or prone to lead (like love) to disorder; the Elder ( The Giver ) now begins to transfer these memories to Jonas. The process is deeply disturbing; for the first time, Jonas learns about ordinary things like color, the sun, snow, and mountains, as well as love, war, and death: the ceremony known as release is revealed to be murder. Horrified, Jonas plots escape to Elsewhere, a step he believes will return the memories to all the people, but his timing is upset by a decision to release a newchild he has come to love. Ill-equipped, Jonas sets out with the baby on a desperate journey whose enigmatic conclusion resonates with allegory: Jonas may be a Christ figure, but the contrasts here with Christian symbols are also intriguing. Wrought with admirable skill - the emptiness and menace underlying this Utopia emerge step by inexorable step: a richly provocative novel. (Kirkus Reviews)
Lois Lowry was born in 1937 in Honolulu, Hawaii, the daughter of an army officer. She went to school in Japan, university in the US and currently lives in Boston. While working as a freelance journalist in the 1970's, Lois Lowry published a short story which was based on her own childhood and a children's book editor contacted her to suggest she write for children. She followed this advice and has been writing for children, very successfully, for years!