The Giver (Giver Quartet)

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.
A Sneak Peek of THE GIVER, in theaters August 15. Katie Holmes and Alexander Skarsgard star as Jonas’ mother and father in THE GIVER.
View larger The Giver (Jeff Bridges) and Rosemary (Taylor Swift) reflect on the memory of music in THE GIVER.
View larger Jonas (Brenton Thwaites) shares his new-found knowledge with Fiona (Odeya Rush) in THE GIVER.
View larger THE GIVERThe Giver (Jeff Bridges) describes the world beyond their community to Jonas (Brenton Thwaites).
View larger Jonas (Brenton Thwaites) and baby Gabriel escape their community in THE GIVER.
View larger THE GIVERThe Giver (Jeff Bridges) prepares Jonas (Brenton Thwaites) to receive memories of the past.
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  1. A wonderful, thoughtful read Jonas lives in a “perfect” world where war, disease, and suffering have all been eradicated. Everything is in order; everything is under control. The people have no worries or cares. The Community strives for “sameness,” in which everyone and everything are the same and equal. To help the Community function as a cohesive unit, each member is assigned a position in society. When Jonas turns twelve, the Community selects him to be the new “Receiver of Memories.”…

  2. What Will We Give? Jonas, an Eleven when THE GIVER opens, lives in a Community where everything is meticulously ordered: houses look alike, people dress alike, each family unit includes a father and a mother (who can apply for one male and one female child). Children begin their volunteer hours when they are Eights, and the Committee of Elders assigns them their roles in the Community at the Ceremony of Twelves. Because the people have chosen Sameness, nothing in their Community is unexpected, inconvenient, or…

  3. Suspensful Plot and Awesome Theme In a community that is all the same lives Jonas, who discovers he is very different. Jonas is the main character in the book The Giver, my favorite book. I loved The Giver because the plot was very creative, the theme was magnificent, and the setting was vivid. I think you should read this book for many reasons. The theme of this book is clearly represented: freedom, the right to make your own choices, uniqueness, and individuality are worth dying for. In Jonas’s community, a commitee…

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