The Giver

The Giver

Book - 2014
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Living in a "perfect" world without social ills, a boy approaches the time when he will receive a life assignment from the Elders, but his selection leads him to a mysterious man known as the Giver, who reveals the dark secrets behind the utopian facade.
Publisher: Boston :, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©1993.
ISBN: 9780544340688
054434068X
9780544430785
0544430786
Characteristics: xii, 240 pages ; 21 cm.

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Crystal_37
Sep 05, 2017

A very creative novel with abundant and specific details. That's one of my favorite book, and I love the movie too.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 03, 2017

I really enjoyed reading The Giver because it was a different and unique story that didn’t bear any resemblance to anything I have ever read; the futuristic dystopian of my dreams! I honestly thought Lois Lowry has written this piece with a lot of intelligence. Seeing the characters react to the past and react to color really hits hard to home considering we are living in a world where problems are at their brinks and it may seem hard to imagine a world like that in which Jonas lives. A definite recommendation 4/5 for those looking for a dystopian and darker side of literature.
- @jewelreader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

This was a fairly good book by Lois Lowry. The book begins with showcasing the life of main character Jonas, and the author's take on what our communities may be like in the future. It's a slow start, but things begin to pick up towards the middle of the book. Once the main plot of the story begins to take place, readers are enticed with the intense action, and mystery of the Giver and Jonas. However, things start to speed up too fast, and the ending of the book gets horribly rushed. This creates a sense of disappointment and extreme dissatisfaction with the ending of the book. With a slow, boring start, dynamic middle chapters, and what was, in my opinion, an awfully lazy ending, the Giver was not one of my favourites. You're left waiting as you read for some interesting event to happen, but it never does. That is why the giver earns a 3/5 star rating from me. 
- @reviewguard of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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mad1232
Jul 27, 2017

I read this book because I heard a lot of great things about it. I really loved it! It's so different and complex, I've never read anything like it! The ending was very abrupt. I would've loved to find out more. But overall, very great book. I definitely recommend it!

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Azkaban101
Jul 22, 2017

Absolutely stunning. very mind-provoking and the movie does not even add up to the worth of this classic novel

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jul 20, 2017

I read this book as a recommendation from my grade seven teacher, in grade seven. Little did I know the concepts in the book were a little deeper and darker than what I was expecting. I would recommend maybe a year or two older, and more maturity just to maybe get a more mature view. Throughout the book, there were parts I did not understand too well, and others that I did but felt like I wasn't seeing the full picture. When I have time, I may reread it to give myself a more accurate description. I did find the ending really mysterious and powerful. 
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

RDPL_Teens Jul 12, 2017

While reading this classic (which I have been meaning to read for years), I was struck by a feeling that does not often occur for me as I am not a big re-reader. I felt like I would read and re-read this book many times again in my life and would want to have it as part of my personal collection. Great read!

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karen_qin
Jul 12, 2017

A very school appropriate book. kind of stiff. Much symbolisme

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MadelineB30
Jul 07, 2017

My favourite part of this book was when Jonas was finding out about the jobs. This was my favourite part because it made me want to read more. The only feedback I would give about this book is to make some parts more exciting.

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Ratsarecool3
Jul 03, 2017

Very powerful emotional resonance. Could be quite disturbing at times, and was a beautifully written book.

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humming
Jun 24, 2017

My thoughts and emotions are still reeling from the powerful implications of this "story" of life without color or feelings. The courage required to risk pain or suffering in order to break away from an established and enforced way of life is often strengthened when you care for someone else. A timeless message for all to ponder...

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indigo_magpie_20
Aug 16, 2017

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Jul 12, 2017

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May 26, 2017

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Apr 17, 2017

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MBennett2002
Jan 18, 2017

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Jul 08, 2016

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Jul 08, 2016

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ltrull
Jul 05, 2016

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parnoosh
Jul 15, 2016

"The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It's the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared."

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Makemoney
Jul 06, 2016

“The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It's the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.”

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CasadyGirl
Apr 21, 2016

"There could be love." Jonas from The Giver

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ashley_ahadjitse
Mar 12, 2016

“We gained control of many things. But we had to let go of others.”

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ashley_ahadjitse
Mar 12, 2016

“We gained control of many things. But we had to let go of others.”

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ashley_ahadjitse
Mar 12, 2016

“We gained control of many things. But we had to let go of others.”

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blue_dog_8329
Jan 25, 2016

" Bye-bye little guy"

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fayekate
Aug 29, 2015

"The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It's the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared."

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xzhang17
Aug 22, 2015

“It's the choosing that's important, isn't it?”

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xzhang17
Aug 22, 2015

“Of course they needed to care. It was the meaning of everything.”

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rsagarin
Jun 12, 2017

Jonas lives in a community that revolves around the concept of "sameness". From a lack of opportunity to form his own opinions, Jonas has come to believe that this is the ideal way of life. When he is assigned the role of receiver at the Ceremony of Twelve, everything changes. He has access to memories of a time before sameness. He begins to question what really is ideal and distances himself from those around him to a point where he can no longer function in the community and believes he needs to find a far away place not often talked about known as elsewhere.

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cindyzhang1
Aug 30, 2016

Jonas struggles against the Sameness that everyone in his community adheres to.

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xzhang17
Aug 22, 2015

This novel takes place in a futuristic dystopian society that is characterized by Sameness. Although hunger and conflict are inexistent, so are emotions and freedom. When Jonas becomes the Receiver of Memory, the Giver (the previous Receiver of Memory) transmits memories of life prior to Sameness to him. As his experiences allow him to see all his friends and family are missing, Jonas becomes increasingly isolated when he is no longer satisfied with his life in the community.

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Cade2016
Jul 14, 2015

This book has a sad ending because he dies no matter what. How could they make 3 more books off of this series?

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Kulsum_0
Jul 03, 2015

This book is about a world where there is no color but when Jonas realizes something different by throwing a apple a new adventure begins.

janellejordan Jun 02, 2015

When Jonas takes a trip to the giver he finds out that there is much more to there world than everyone knows there is.

PImaLib_EvaO May 06, 2015

This is a story of a young man named Jonas who is selected for a special assignment, replacing the Receiver. The Receiver is the person in the community that holds all the memories of the past. He is called upon when the council needs his advise on what to do in certain situations. The story is of how Jonas reacts to receiving these memories.

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yiyiyaya99
Jul 31, 2014

Jonas lives in a perfect and controlled community where are there are no choices. Everybody is assigned a fitting role at the age of twelve. Jonas is singled out to become the next Receiver, and trains with the past Receiver, who is now the Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the world, and it is time for those memories to be passed on. Jonas is shocked upon receiving the truth about the world before him.

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getsoemstars
Jul 17, 2014

The Giver begins with Jonas who is 11 years old and lives in a community. He gets scared by the jet overflowing the community which had never happened before. But he thought he was just nervous because of the ceremony of twelves coming up. The ceremony of twelves is where over 12 kids go and choose their career.
Jonas lives with his parents and his dad is a nurturer. He brought a baby called Gabriel but Gabriel was going to be released when nobody adopts him by 2 years. Now we have to find the meaning of 'released' through reading. Once, Jonas was playing with an apple and he saw something different. The apple changed into a 'color' red and then turned back to 'no color' again. When Jonas went to the ceremony of twelves, he was excited about the job he would get chosen. But chief elder, the person who called out the names and jobs, skipped his name, and he was nervous and thought it was a mistake. As soon as he knew it wasn't a mistake, he was embarrassed. After everyone got a job, chief elder gave Jonas a very special job, 'The Giver'. He was chosen! Jonas had to get trained by the Giver before Jonas and it was very painful. Jonas finds out what releasing was and he gets really shocked. He was watching a baby getting released with the ex-Giver... The baby laid dead. The ex-Giver told Jonas about someone he loved called Rosemary. She was chosen for the Giver, too, but she couldn't do it. Because it was too painful, she asked for being released herself.
After Jonas knew what released truly meant and noticed what was going to happen to Gabriel, he plans to go to the 'ELSEWHERE' with Gabriel. The ex-Giver helped him get ready to go. Jonas got a lot of 'memories' from the ex-Giver and he leaves with Gabriel. He sees a lot of things which he didn't back in the community. Birds, animals.... But the ending is not very clean so Jonas could be dead or he could be alive. I think no one knows except the author.

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joycemas
Jul 03, 2014

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.

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Ratsarecool3
Jul 03, 2017

Frightening or Intense Scenes: A baby is murdered by a needle injection and is then dumped down to an incinerator

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YewandeO
Nov 29, 2015

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Emotional, violent, or frightening memories.

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bafanabafana
Jul 29, 2014

Violence: lots

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bafanabafana
Jul 29, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: lots

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zunairaf
Jul 04, 2014

Violence: This title contains violence.

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mpbarua
Mar 29, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: There is a scene where Jonas' dad injects a baby with a poison.

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mpbarua
Mar 29, 2014

Sexual Content: There is a scene where Jonas shares a dream he had about Fiona where he wanted to bathe her.

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timbronitskiy
Jan 16, 2014

Other: Totally MaryBar74!! I'm with you!

MaryBar74 Aug 07, 2012

Other: Dark and frightening at times

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phuong_nguyen00
Jul 09, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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