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The Giver

The Giver

Book rating: 05 Paperback Delacorte Press

By (author) Lois Lowry

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  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell
  • Format: Paperback | 179 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 201mm x 15mm | 227g
  • Publication date: 24 January 2006
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0385732554
  • ISBN 13: 9780385732550
  • Edition statement: Reissue
  • Sales rank: 13,697

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When Jonas turns 12, he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. Now, it's time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.

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Lois Lowry is a multi-award-winning author who has written many popular books. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is the author of the popular Anastasia Krupnik books and was the recipient of the Newbery Medal for "Number the Stars" and for "The Giver." "From the Paperback edition."

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By Julie Rimpula 03 Aug 2014 5

Jonas's world is perfect. Everything is in order and everyone is happy and contented. But the peace he â?? and everyone else â?? knows came with a high price. Only one person knows the truth and Jonas is about to become that person.

The Giver is a powerful and thought-provoking novel about the things we take for granted and what we sacrifice in the name of humanity. What I liked most about this book is that even though this is a serious story, it doesn't feel heavy at all. And because this is utopian, there's no dark and gritty that's very common in post-apocalyptic books I've read before. Just the underlying truth that there's more than meets the eye. That even the most perfect world isn't really perfect at all.

I loved how real Jonas's character is. He grew up in a society of rules and order, but he quickly adjusted to his role as Receiver. And even though he was prepared to take on the role, he was willing to admit that he wasn't brave enough for it. His friendship with the Giver and the memories he saw gave him the courage to do what he thought was right. I admired his faith and belief that even though the memories were painful, they were worth to be remembered by the people. And in the end, I wanted to believe that Jonas achieved what he set out and risked his life for.

A really good and brilliant tale. I don't know why I didn't read The Giver before now, but I'm glad I finally did. Every page is a treasure.

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"A powerful and provacative novel." -- "The New York Times" "From the Paperback edition."

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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. "From the Paperback edition.