Annotation: Jonas learns what it means to be the Receiver and with that new knowledge begins to understand that the world is more complicated and interesting than he was lead to believe.
Book talk: How important is your individuality? Does individuality prevent perfection? Imagine a world where you move through it without the stress of choices or emotions. Your job is chosen for you at the age of twelve…
Young Jonas lives in an ideal (Utopian) society where everything is managed and everything is safe . It is a world without color, without music, without real emotions or pain. The year Jonas turns twelve, he is selected to become the Receiver of Memory and the old Receiver now becomes the Giver. As Jonas’ training progresses, his perspective on life and purpose changes forever.
This was an intriguing read, ages 12+
MY RATING: 4
(1 is poor and 5 amazing! )
Lowry won many awards for her work on The Giver, including the following.
- The 1994 Newbery Medal (The John Newbery award (Medal) is given by the Association for Library Service to Children.The award is given for the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.
- The 1994 Regina Medal
- The 1996 William Allen White Award
- American Library Association listings for “Best Book for Young Adults“, “ALA Notable Children’s Book“, and “100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990–2000.”
- A Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book
- Booklist Editors’ Choice
- A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNf_pwgBeOQ (the conclusion to The Giver )
- The Giver (papercuts56.wordpress.com)
- Family Reading- The Giver (thehomebookclub.com)
- The Importance of Motivation: Why the Giver sent Jonas to his doom (thebookwars.wordpress.com)