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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It's a perfect world, where everything looks right. But ugly truths lie beneath! Imagine a world without poverty, war or pain. A world where everything is comfortable and familiar - a world where everything is the same. No colour, no music. In such a world, Jonas is selected to be the next Receiver of Memory and is apprenticed to the Giver, an old man who stores memories from the Community's past. As Jonas learns about violence and sadness, as well as beauty and joy, he discover the sinister truth behind his safe existence. Simply and beautifully written, The Giver is a thought-provoking look at utopian society. It was awarded the Newbery Medal in 1994.
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||'A thought-provoking text offering many opportunities for class discussion, some of which could be at a demanding level.' (Sheena Davies, educational consultant) 'A powerful and provocative novel, sure to keep children reading and thinking.' New York Times
||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, author of over thirty novels and twice winner of the Newbery Medal for The Giver and Number the Stars,was born on the 20th of March 1937 in Hawaii. Her father was an Army dentist and the family lived all over the world. She went to Brown University, but left to get married and a raise a family of four children. She settled in Maine, and returned to college receiving a degree from the University of Southern Maine. She fulfilled a childhood dream when she started writing in the 1970s.