The Giver

The Giver

by Lois Lowry
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The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Giver, the 1994 Newbery Medal winner, has become one of the most influential novels of our time. The haunting story centers on twelve-year-old Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community. Lois Lowry has written three companion novels to The Giver, including Gathering Blue, Messenger, and Son.

This ebook includes a sample chapter of sequel Gathering Blue.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780547345901
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 04/26/1993
Series: Giver Quartet , #1
Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 1,381
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Lois Lowry is the author of more than thirty books for children and young adults, including the New York Times bestselling Giver Quartet and popular Anastasia Krupnik series. She has received countless honors, among them the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award, the California Young Reader’s Medal, and the Mark Twain Award. She received Newbery Medals for two of her novels, NUMBER THE STARS and THE GIVER. Her first novel, A SUMMER TO DIE, was awarded the International Reading Association’s Children’s Book Award. Ms. Lowry now divides her time between Cambridge and an 1840s farmhouse in Maine. To learn more about Lois Lowry, see her website at or follow her on Twitter @LoisLowryWriter.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book the first time in high school and have reread it a hundred times since. After losing my copy during a move, i decided I had to replace it. After reading it again, I remember why it's such an incredible story. it makes you question yourself, your career, society and think of things in a different perspective. the writing is superb and you get sucked in from the very beginning. it's a page turner, even after having read it many times before. as i mentioned in the title, it's one of my favorite books of all time. i highly recommend it to anyone who likes to read something that makes them think. A must read for everyone!
John_117 More than 1 year ago
The Giver is a fantastic novel well deserving of the Newberry Award. It is the story of a post apocalyptic world that on the surface is perfect. Everyone has a job and a meaningful purpose, there is no crime, no poverty, no hunger. All of the problems of our current world are no more. But things aren't as perfect they seem. In this world you are given your job assigned to you by the Elders during the ceremony of twelves. It is during this ceremony that Jonas is given the job of the Receiver, the most honored job in the community. Being given memories of a much different world by the Giver, Jonas begins to question the perfection of the community and it is here that the story begins to unfold. Angered and confused by his imperfect and very intriguing past, Jonas must save himself and his community from the fantasy life that has been thrust upon them. I love this book for the simple fact that it poses questions that we never think about. What freedoms would give up if to have a perfect society? How important is individualism? What is the most valuable gift in life? Once I started reading this book I couldn't put it down. I kept reading to find out what Jonas was going to do but I won't spoil the ending for you. You'll just have to read to find out. If you're into wizards or galactic star fights this isn't the book for you. But if you enjoy a thought provoking book full of profound questions then this is the novel for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Giver was an interesting novel that gave off many emotions. Joy, anger, horror, anguish, love, and desire were just a few of the many emotions the reader will dig up during their read. I did not understand the book at first. However, in the end, everything came together like a puzzle, and I could comprehend it.
I do not recommend this book for anyone below thirteen. It has very disturbing points that the main character, Jonas, must go through. He must test his courage, strength, and heart in this story. These events cause unbelievable tension and terror, but, to a teenager or adult, this book would be a very good read.
I believe The Giver shows us what we could do to ourselves in the future. We want to fit in so badly, that ¿Sameness¿ could become a real thing. It teaches us that our individuality is dangerous, but, at the same time, it allows us who we are. In the end, I did enjoy the novel and recommend it to my fellow readers. It was well written and was written to provide shocking moments for the reader.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love dystopian literature and this book didn't disappoint! And although many don't like the ending, I thought it was really good. You should buy it because it's one of those books you can just read over and over again.
Phresh_Ta_Def More than 1 year ago
When I first heard of this book I thought that it wasn't going to be good, but I was wrong. This was a really great book and Lois Lowry has outdone herself and i thank her for writing this good book. Jonas, as a 12 year old has had a great responsibility put on him. At first he thinks it is too much to bare but as he goes on and gets more educated he realizes that it's an honor not a privilage. If you want to have one of the best reads of your life you should get this book, it can be found in any god bookstore.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the best i have every read. From the very beginning it pulls you in and kepps you there. Its never boring and uses great detail. The compasson that this story shows is intence and surreal. I have read this book over and over again since middle school, it never gets old though. An amazin read for anybody who wants a good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Giver is a fascinating book,it always brought up discussion. It was pretty challenging to put all the pieces of the book together,but once I got them together it was awesome.Jonas was a perfect character for the book.It was pretty sad,once you understood what released meant. It was kind of a confusing book,and you have to use your imagination to comprehend most of it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The world in this book was completely different from what the world actually is. There was a few stuff I did not want to know that went on in that world because it was too sad. Especially this part about the twin babies, I had tear during that part, it was unbelievable. This book made me keep thinking about the modern world..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I was in fifth grade my teacher recomend I read this book over the weekend since I was such a bookworm. I refused. Instead I took a H.P. book. But later that year we had reading groups. And I picked the group that was reading The Giver. I was put into that group and when we finished reading The Giver I was in love with it. I soon found myself in the library checking the sequals out. I was also recomending it to everyone in the library looking for a good book. I just LOVE this book and the books following it. A must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book in 7th grade with my class.It's a really good book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
School required reading. The book was eye opening and interesting. Not quite sure i like the ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I first read this book in the third grade of elementry school. It was a more advanced book but that only made it more exiting. I loved it; how it was put together, the society created by the author, it is an amazing book. I especially loved the ending. Anyone who has read it knows why.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jonas lives in a world without choice. As he becomes a twelve, he gets selected as retriever of memory. He then learns about choice, color, grandparents, etc, because the giver gives him the memories. He then finds out that a baby, gabriel, who' s living with them temporarily living with them is going to be released, killed. He then steals his fathers bicycle, and takes gabriel with him. They ride for days until jonas reaches a sled on a hill, which he remembers in a memory the giver gave him. He then rides down the hill into a world of color and joy. This is my favorite book. Read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This deserved the newberry stuff. It kept me reading unil the last page a clif hanger. Bring on the new forth book to nook
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Obviously a text recommended, required, and/or read by students all over the world, I managed to avoid reading this book for almost 28 years! It was a great read! I get it. I totally understand why so many people push students especially to read this book. I just hated the ending. The conscious decision Lowry made to avoid establishing a clear, finite ending to the story slightly frustrates me more than it intrigues meLois Lowry's The Giver has collected a variety of awards since its 1993 publication; in fact, The Newberry Medal is prominently displayed on Gift Editions of the title. However, as is often the case with award winning books, this one garners much controversy, falling, too, on the American Library Associations's most challenged list. Aimed at an approximately sixth-grade demographic, The Giver opens as a Utopia but soon reveals itself to be a dystopia instead. Well crafted enough to hold an adult's attention, Lowry's premise of sameness is shocking when inevitable conclusions are reached within the safe, rule-ridden society. Though the community has little variation, the text is vividly descriptive, and readers soon know that this is a colorless world. Life is simple here. So simple that there are no choices to be made by individuals, for it is the community, not the person that holds importance. In this culture, to be too different is to be released into, well, nobody knows into what! Most don't even understand what the term means. When Jonas discovers that choices could be made if things were different and the true meaning of "release," he must take action. . 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am reading it during school and it is the best book ever. We are going to do a big project on it too. The book will help you understand the meaning of life. As you read this, you will discover what is really important to you. Not only that, it gives you so much love and you will be anxious for more. There is the movie coming out in the summer! The author is amazing and no matter how old or young you are, I promise that you will finish this book faster than anybook you ever read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I started reading the fiver becaus of school but khow this is my favorite book of all time , i EXTREMLY recommend it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the most suspensful book I've ever read. It is great for younge adults. I hate reading but I fould this book interesting and enjoyable!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book for class. At first, the old man on the cover convinced me that this was a boring and old book. After the first chapter, I immediatly wanted to read on and continued reading until I finished the book. Very good!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Giver Is a book about a boy named Jonas that lives in a fixed society. Where things like emotion, war, and racism do not exist. Everything in this society is already planned out. The people living in the community are not given a choice. They are not even allowed to choose their own spouse or job. I recommend this novel simply because it is an interesting book that makes you think about your own lifestyle and choices. Lois Lowry did an outstanding job writing this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I appologis preahead of time for spelling errors and improper grammer. This book is interesting on many levels. It is a dystopian society themed novel. I personally enjoyed the book even though many individuals had to read it for school and ended up disliking the book. The novel touches on many of the flaws of the "community" which is the setting and the flaws of the modern world. I found that many people would find the book boring or even uneventful, but I thought that for such a short novel it made me think more than I ever have in my life about the worlds future societies and past ones and how a perfect utopian soceity is an impossible without sacrifices that would affect everyone. The simplicity of the novel ignites the mind to imagine and reach a better understanding of the world and the effect that humans will and have had on this planet. The main characters age was a wise choice on the authors part because it reveals the injustice of the world and in a strange way lightens the very dark plot. I understand that many others who have read the book disliked it or even hated it, afterall the book is difficult to grasp and the concepts overwelming. Many of the events of the book are disterbing and unsettling and I do not recomend the book to children or the emotionaly immature, but i do reccomend that the people who disliked and especially loath or hate the novel to reread it with a open mind and accept it for what it is. The book in my oppinion is a lesson to the people the modern and future world almost like a history lecture but for what to avoid in the future and to understand that individuality is important but is also preventing the utopian society that many crave. The crave for a utopia is dipicted in the real world with conuismthat everything is equal. That would end in disaster due to the fact that certian people require and need more than other leading to inequality and possibly warfare. Once a again i prompt that the readers who disliked the book for what ever reasons negitive or out right trivial to reread it when they feel its right and immersthemselves into the world of The Giver and learn that this book should be read by everyone multiple times if nessisary. The siplicity of the plot and setting reveals a darker plot that i think that people tend to miss and an even darker message to us the reader from the author that something is seriously wrong with the world that we live in and the possible future she has depicted to us in this short novel. It is a wonderful read bound to leave you with questions and an urge for change in our world
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok. My whole english class read this and finished about 2 or 3 months ago. I just haven't forgotten about this book. I absolutely LOVED this book, and tell everybody that asks that this is the best book that i have EVER read! I just appreciate this book so much, that it can't ever be put into words. Also, if you liked this book, i recommend reading the Gone series, by Michael Grant. It is also an amazing dystopian series and has a thrilling, mysterious, and suspenseful plot. It's the kind of book that you read in public and get embarrassed for smiling about.
mikimouse03 More than 1 year ago
Lois did an amazing job with presenting her purpose of entertaining the reader. The theme is unraveled as Jonas discovers the values of freedom and security. I enjoyed this novel because of all the surprises that the reader will uncover. I feel that Lowry wrote with lots of feeling to craft this wonderful work of a novel. The Giver is about a young boy who learns the cold, heartbreaking truth about the world he lives in. Jonas, the main character, is selected to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver is the only person with the knowledge of the life and memories from outside the community. Jonas, The Receiver, obtains more memories each day. The memories were blissful at first, but eventually The Giver had to pass on the more painful ones. Jonas had never experienced pain, for whoever was in charge of the community he lived in had created a medicine to banish the feeling. Whenever he finally experiences the ache of reality, he fears for Gabriel, the newchild Jonas’s family was caring for. Lowry generated a very futuristic novel. Jonas lives in a community with advanced technology. The medicine that was produced had to be taken by everyone in the community with the exception of The Giver and The Receiver of memories. It numbed feeling and made everyone emotionless. This created a sense of lifelessness. Yet, it was very appealing to me and made me feel a sort of sympathy towards the characters whom had no way of knowing the actuality. The novel definitely entertained me. Anyone who enjoys futuristic and adventurous would probably adore this fine piece of literature that Lois Lowry came up with. If you like books based in the past, this book is not for you. It’s a very powerful novel. I recommend that you read it so that you can join Jonas and Gabriel on their final fight for survival.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am not the type to read a science fiction-like book like this. Just because my brother reads a book & says that it is good, doesn't mean that you should read it. But this one I decided to give a try. It was a little confusing at first, (which is why I gave it 4 stars, btw), but once you understood it a little more, I SWEAR, this book is A PIECE OF LITERARY GOLD. If there were a Book Hall of Fame, this book would be in a shiny glass case like the Declaration of Independence. I applaud Lois Lowry for this cleverly written story & I would absolutely read more of her books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book for the first time about 15 years ago in middle school. I come from a home where everything has to be just so, where you aren't allowed to think for yourself. When i started reading it i was overcome with emotion. I could visualize every page, and still can today. I was exstatic to find out the movie was finally made!! I cannot wait until august 15 to go see it!