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The Giver
 

The Giver (Paperback, New edition)

By Lowry, Lois

It's a perfect world, where everything looks right. But ugly truths lie beneath. In a future society, life appears civilised and ordered. But when 12-year-old Jonas is given the job of Receiver of Memories he realises the horrible truth that lies behind the perfect facade.

ISBN 9780007141425
Published 6 January 2003 by HarperCollins Publishers
Format Paperback, New edition
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ISBN-13 9780007141425
ISBN-10 0007141424
Stock Out of stock
Status Not currently available
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Imprint Collins
Publication Date 6 January 2003
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback, New edition
Edition New edition
Author(s) By Lowry, Lois
Series Collins Modern Classics
Category Fiction (Child / Teen)
Fiction Dealing With Specific Issues
Science Fiction
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 224
Dimensions Width: 130mm
Height: 197mm
Weight 185g
Interest Age Children / Young Adults
Reading Age Children / Young Adults
NBS Text Children's Fiction
ONIX Text Young adult;Children/juvenile
Dewey Code 813.54
Catalogue Code 10809

Description of this Book

It's a perfect world, where everything looks right. But ugly truths lie beneath the surface...It is the future. There is no war, no hunger, no pain. No one in The Community wants for anything. Everyone is provided for. Each Family Unit is entitled to one female and male child. Each member of The Community has their profession carefully chosen for them by the Committee of Elders, and they never make a mistake. Jonas, a sensitive twelve-year-old boy, had never thought there was anything wrong with his Community, until one day. From the moment Jonas is selected as the Receiver of Memory at The Ceremony, his life is never the same. Jonas discovers that The Community is not as perfect as it seems. Although they appear to have everything, they are missing something of great importance. It is up to Jonas, with the help of the Giver, to find what long ago had been lost. And so Jonas embarks on an adventure to save the world as he knows it. Simply and beautifully written, The Giver is sure to touch the heart of every reader. Lois Lowry deals with issues of everyday life that are so often taken for granted. Through the noble character of Jonas, she presents a glimpse of what could be the future. As the tension in the novel mounts, so does the number of questions that Lowry confronts the reader with. The Giver is a book of courage and adventure, and most importantly, one of deep thought. Once readers make contact with Lowry's treasure, they may never see things exactly quite the same. Lowry presents a forceful novel that demands to be heard and philosophically dealt with.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Lowry is once again in top form - raising many questions while answering few, and unwinding a tale fit for the most adventurous readers. Publishers Weekly,15 February. 1993: 240 The Giver, a powerful and provocative novel, is sure to keep older children reading and thinking. New York Times, 31 Oct. 1993: 26.

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Author's Bio

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!

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