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The giver
1993
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Summary
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.
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Gr 6-9-- In a complete departure from her other novels, Lowry has written an intriguing story set in a society that is uniformly run by a Committee of Elders. Twelve-year-old Jonas's confidence in his comfortable ``normal'' existence as a member of this well-ordered community is shaken when he is assigned his life's work as the Receiver. The Giver, who passes on to Jonas the burden of being the holder for the community of all memory ``back and back and back,'' teaches him the cost of living in an environment that is ``without color, pain, or past.'' The tension leading up to the Ceremony, in which children are promoted not to another grade but to another stage in their life, and the drama and responsibility of the sessions with The Giver are gripping. The final flight for survival is as riveting as it is inevitable. The author makes real abstract concepts, such as the meaning of a life in which there are virtually no choices to be made and no experiences with deep feelings. This tightly plotted story and its believable characters will stay with readers for a long time. --Amy Kellman, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Booklist Review
Gr. 7^-9. Lowry's simple, powerful prose creates an anti-utopian world where the lack of hardship, war, and poverty only covers the citizens' deeper lack of freedom. A Booklist Editors' Choice and Newbery Medal Winner.
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Table of Contents
Contextp. 1
Plot Overviewp. 5
Character Listp. 9
Analysis of Major Charactersp. 11
Jonasp. 11
The Giverp. 12
Jonas's Fatherp. 13
Themes, Motifs & Symbolsp. 15
The Importance of Memoryp. 15
The Relationship Between Pain and Pleasurep. 15
The Importance of the Individualp. 16
Visionp. 16
Nakednessp. 17
Releasep. 17
The Newchild Gabrielp. 18
The Sledp. 18
The Riverp. 18
Summary & Analysisp. 19
Chapters 1-2p. 19
Chapters 3-4p. 22
Chapters 5-6p. 25
Chapters 7-9p. 28
Chapters 10-11p. 32
Chapters 12-13p. 35
Chapters 14-16p. 39
Chapters 17-18p. 42
Chapters 19-20p. 46
Chapters 21-23p. 48
Important Quotations Explainedp. 53
Key Factsp. 59
Study Questions & Essay Topicsp. 62
Study Questionsp. 62
Suggested Essay Topicsp. 66
Review & Resourcesp. 68
Quizp. 68
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 74
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