The Giver by Lois Lowry

“Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.”

Lowry, L. (1993). The Giver. New York, NY: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. ISBN: 978-0-544-43078-5. Hardcover. $17.99.

Jonas, an 11 year-old boy lives in a Utopian society where your fate is decided for you. Things like marriage, your job, you kids, etc. are completely out of your hands. He’s selected to be the “Receiver of Memory” which is the most prestigious role of their society. He receives these memories from “The Giver” who is the current “Receiver of Memories” and will pass on all emotions, memories, feelings and experiences to Jonas. As all of these things start to get passed onto him, he learns that his “Utopian society” he’s been living in is far from perfect. Now he’s left with a moral dilemma; will he go along with these ethical and social issues he is now aware of or will he try and do something about it?

Awards won:

  • Newbery Medal
  • Regina Medal
  • William Allen White Award
  • Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book
  • Booklist Editors’ Choice
  • School Library Journal Best Book of the Year

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