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The Giver (Giver Quartet) [Kindle Edition]

Lois Lowry
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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.

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In a world with no poverty, no crime, no sickness and no unemployment, and where every family is happy, 12-year-old Jonas is chosen to be the community's Receiver of Memories. Under the tutelage of the Elders and an old man known as the Giver, he discovers the disturbing truth about his utopian world and struggles against the weight of its hypocrisy. With echoes of Brave New World, in this 1994 Newbery Medal winner, Lowry examines the idea that people might freely choose to give up their humanity in order to create a more stable society. Gradually Jonas learns just how costly this ordered and pain-free society can be, and boldly decides he cannot pay the price.

From Publishers Weekly

Winner of the 1994 Newbery Medal, this thought-provoking novel centers on a 12-year-old boy's gradual disillusionment with an outwardly utopian futuristic society; in a starred review, PW said, "Lowry is once again in top form... unwinding a tale fit for the most adventurous readers." Ages 10-up.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • File Size: 668 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Reissue edition (April 26, 1993)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003MC5N28
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #424 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars But Just Imagine If ... September 8, 2012
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Imagine that you are in your late seventies, and - although you had a rich career as an English teacher - you have only a superficial concept of what the Newbery Medal is, probably because most of your teaching experience has involved senior high school students.

Your son, himself a teacher of sixth graders, is discussing THE GIVER with you, sharing the enthusiasm of both him and his students for the novel. In order to introduce you to his world of children's literature, he orders a copy for you. Your daughter reinforces his sentiments, going so far as to lay claim that she and her family (all discriminating readers) thoroughly enjoyed the novel.

Amazon downloads your Kindle copy. You are intrigued by the countless memories of a lifetime carved in the face of the old bearded man on the cover. You begin to read.

Having recently joined an audio book club, you realize instantly that this is a book better appreciated through a visual absorption. Some common words are capitalized, for example, and this distinction would be lost in a narrator's presentation. Also, as language itself is extremely important in the book's community - the children always being corrected if they do not use the most accurate words possible - the typography (ellipses and italics come to mind) is crucial, and a case can be made for the value of visual as opposed to aural.

It's a slow start. The unidentified aircraft seems out of place in the December sky, and it quickly loses significance as part of the necessary exposition. As the characters, and environmental, sociological, cultural, and governmental functions are revealed, you wonder when the action begins.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful story about the true meaning of life June 5, 2010
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I absolutely adore this story. I read it for the first time when I was 12 and I just read it again as I am about to give it to a group of girls I tutor. This book has some wonderful things to say about the beauty of life and the dangers of conformity. I would recommend it to anyone 11 or above because there are some things in it that may be a little too emotionally taxing for younger readers.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent September 26, 2013
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Slow to start, but an incredible climax that keeps you turning the pages. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read September 29, 2013
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Wish I had read this book as a Young Adult. Even as an adult reader, I couldn't put it down.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick good read September 28, 2013
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I was surprised by the depth of this book as it is labeled YA. The underlying themes were heart-felt and the characters moving. I am looking forward to the rest of this series!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic July 24, 2012
By Jenny
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This book is in a word fantastic. The story is gripping and really keeps you reading. This is one of my favorite books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic That Keeps Giving March 22, 2012
By Gina
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Some YA books don't age well when you get older, but this one is phenomenal. A delicate, thoughtful book that is even more meaningful today. Far better than the current dystopian fantasies, because it has soul.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars clean with a few disturbing murders March 1, 2012
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Book contains no profanity. There are scenes of murder that a child might find disturbing because of who does it and how it is done. In this society people (and children) are killed but it is not considered murder. As far as sexual situations, Jonas describes stirrings for another girl, but I think it is quite tame. The book would be good for middle schoolers to adult.
Like Gathering Blue in that Lois Lowry reveals things without making any comparison to present day reality. She takes us through typical days-in-the-life of her characters and we see how foreign this world is based upon the words and actions. (The old adage of show it don't tell it)
Another thing I love is how the story starts and ends in the middle so to speak. Almost like a rolling start in auto racing, on page one the story is already in full swing and we are filled in on past details as we roll along. Some might find the ending disappointing that it also ends in like manner but I quite enjoy that. Although the ending in Gathering Blue leaves more to chance. In the Giver, for the most part, we can guess at what will happen to Jonas yet I still like that it is not spelled out and resolved for us.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots to think about
Thought provoking story of supposedly ideal community. Had excellent discussions with friends and family about the issues raised in the book.
Published 20 hours ago by JudyP
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
It was recommended by a friend, but once I began, it captured my attention from beginning to end ...I definitely would recommend my students read it!
Published 22 hours ago by sharonda West
1.0 out of 5 stars Lots of inappropriate items for what is supposed to be a child's book
Written poorly. This book is much more appropriate for adults. It is written as if the author has taken parts from other books written in the same genre.
Published 1 day ago by Theodore B. Robinson
3.0 out of 5 stars Seems overrated to me
I decided to read The Giver because it was on Amazon’s list of “100 Books to Read in a Lifetime,” and was a Newbery winner. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Jim Hall
4.0 out of 5 stars Misleading product title. Excellent book.
First of all let me say I love this book.
My issue is that this is listed as The Giver (Giver Quartet), and I incorrectly assumed that it was the series. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Faulty Logic
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but slow
Not as much action in this book, but thought provoking and a good story line is integral to the plot.
Published 2 days ago by Ann Horn
1.0 out of 5 stars Peculiar
Very short story and a little peculiar. The ending confused me. Needs more background information and character development. Where did this society begin?
Published 2 days ago by Doris J Long
4.0 out of 5 stars Really good read
Mixed feelings on ending. I felt like I needed more and that too many questions were not answered. Overall glad I purchased it.
Published 3 days ago by Wendy Hejab
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Unique Book
Such an interesting and unique story ... really enjoyed reading it and am in awe of Lois Lowry's imagination. Just wish the ending wasn't quite so abrupt, but that's just me. :-)
Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
Amazing book, I cried a few times. But the ending was so painful. I request it to anyone interested. I loved it!
Published 4 days ago by Hannah
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Is The Giver appropriate for a class of 10-year-olds?
I have to say, as a 38.5 year old (with a 7 y child), that images from this book are still haunting me - suicide, killing a newborn, the intent to kill an infant, an adult deliberately, repeatedly, hurting a 3 year old, and the final struggle for survival that is left unresolved. I can't imagine... Read more
Jan 21, 2009 by Nirit |  See all 65 posts
Does Jonas die?
He lives! It seems that Jonas does actually live and finds a traditional community. As Jonas approaches the houses with Christmas lights he hears music and singing. He must really be hearing it since it was stated the Giver had never transferred any music memories:

'The Giver said, smiling.... Read more
Jul 11, 2007 by Earthling |  See all 25 posts
For teachers: What is attractive about this book for adolescents?
from a K-12 librarian......defying authority and supporting what is right attracts kids, the discussions on MANY subjects that this book has sparked......these themes never age....the sacrifices that Jonas made are a lot to ask of a kid....
ps- parents had this excellent book pulled from my... Read more
Mar 22, 2010 by M. Fuka |  See all 3 posts
Jonas and Gabriel? (probably Messenger spoilers)
Read the rest of the trilogy ("The Messenger" and "Gathering Blue") to find your answer. Be prepared to inference.
Sep 26, 2010 by Rosie |  See all 3 posts
Need something besides The Giver
"Brave New World" has enough differences and similarities to 'The Giver' to be an interesting contrast.
Sep 6, 2010 by wiredweird |  See all 5 posts
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