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Giver

by Lois Lowry |  Grades: 7+  |  Ages: 12+  |  Lexile Level: 760

The Giver by Lois Lowry Lesson Plans, Teacher Guide, Novel UnitAbout 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.

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.

Reviews

"A powerful and provocative novel"--The New York Times 

"Wrought with admirable skill -- the emptiness and menace underlying this Utopia emerge step by inexorable step: a richly provocative novel."--Kirkus, starred review

"Lowry is once again in top form raising many questions while answering few, and unwinding a tale fit for the most adventurous readers."--Publishers Weekly, starred review

"The simplicity and directness of Lowry's writing force readers to grapple with their own thoughts."-- Booklist, starred review

"The theme of balancing the values of freedom and security is beautifully presented." -- The Horn Book Magazine, starred review

 A Biographical Note About Lois Lowry

Lois Lowry (1937 -   ) is the author of more than forty 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 lives in Maine.

www.loislowry.com  |  Twitter @LoisLowryWriter

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