The giver

Author Lowry, Lois.
Language English
Publisher
Boston ; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014




Annotation:

Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community.



Subjects :

  • Books on tape -- Juvenile
  • Cassette tape -- Juvenile
  • Newbery Medal
  • Science fiction

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Best Books :

  • Recommended Literature: Kindergarten through Grade Twelve, 2002 California Department of Education
  • A Few Good Books, 1993 Book Links
  • Adventuring with Books: A Booklist for PreK-Grade 6, 1997 National Council of Teachers of English
  • Best Books, 1993 Parents Magazine
  • Best of the Best Revisited (100 Best Books for Teens), 2001 American Library Association-YALSA
  • Best Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror, 1993 Voice of Youth Advocates
  • Booklist Book Review Stars, Apr. 15, 1993 American Library Association
  • Booklist Editors' Choice: Books for Youth, 1993 American Library Association
  • Books for You: An Annotated Booklist for Senior High, Twelfth Edition, 1995 National Council of Teachers of English
  • Books in the Middle: Outstanding Books, 1993 Voice of Youth Advocates
  • Books to Read Aloud to Children of All Ages, 2003 Bank Street College of Education
  • Children's Catalog, Eighteenth Edition, 2001 H.W. Wilson
  • Children's Catalog, Nineteenth Edition, 2006 H.W. Wilson
  • Children's Choices, 1994 International Reading Association
  • Dealing with Alienation, 2000 Bank Street College of Education
  • English Journal Honor Listing, 1994 English Journal
  • High Interest-Easy Reading, 1996 National Council of Teachers of English
  • Kirkus Book Review Stars, 1993
  • Lasting Connections, 1993 American Library Association
  • Middle And Junior High School Library Catalog, Eighth Edition, 2000 H.W. Wilson
  • Middle and Junior High School Library Catalog, Ninth Edition, 2005 H.W. Wilson
  • Not Just for Children Anymore!, 2001 Children's Book Council
  • Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts, 1994 NCTE Children's Literature Assembly
  • Notable Children's Books, 1994 Association for Library Service to Children
  • Notable Children's Trade Books in the Field of the Social Studies, 1993 National Council for the Social Studies NCSS
  • School Library Journal Best Books, 1993 Cahners
  • School Library Journal: Best Books for Young Adults, 1993 Cahners
  • Senior High Core Collection, Seventeenth Edition, 2007 The H. W. Wilson Co.
  • Senior High School Library Catalog, Sixteenth Edition, 2002 H.W. Wilson
  • Teachers' Choices, 1994 International Reading Association
  • YALSA Best Books for Young Adults, 1994 American Library Association

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Awards, Honors & Prizes :

  • ABC Children's Booksellers Choices Award, 1994 Winner United States
  • Arizona Young Readers' Award, 1995 Winner Arizona
  • Buckeye Children's Book Award, 1997 Winner Ohio
  • Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award, 1997 Winner Indiana
  • Garden State Children's Book Award, 1996 Winner New Jersey
  • Garden State Teen Book Award, 1996 Winner New Jersey
  • Golden Archer Award, 1996 Winner Wisconsin
  • Golden Archer Award, 1996 Winner Wisconsin
  • Golden Duck Award for Excellence in Children's Science Fiction Literature, 1994 Winner United States
  • Golden Sower Award, 1995 Winner Nebraska
  • Great Stone Face Award, 1996 Winner New Hampshire
  • John Newbery Medal, 1994 Winner United States
  • Land of Enchantment Book Award, 1997 Winner New Mexico
  • Maine Student Book Award, 1995 Winner Maine
  • Massachusetts Children's Book Award, 1995 Honor Book Massachusetts
  • Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children's Literature, 1994 Finalist United States
  • Nevada Young Readers' Award, 1995 Winner Nevada
  • Pennsylvania Young Readers' Choice Award, 1995 Winner Pennsylvania
  • Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award, 1996 Winner Illinois
  • Sequoyah Book Award, 1996 Winner Oklahoma
  • Soaring Eagle Book Award, 1996 1st Runner-up Wyoming
  • Virginia Young Readers Program, 1996 Winner Virginia
  • William Allen White Children's Book Award, 1996 Winner Kansas
  • Young Reader's Choice Award, 1996 Winner Pacific Northwest
  • Young Reader's Choice Award, 1996 Winner Pacific Northwest

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State & Provincial Reading List :

  • Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award , 1996-1997; Nominee Indiana
  • Massachusetts Children's Book Award, 1994-1995; Nominee Massachusetts
  • Lone Star Reading List, 1994-1995; Texas
  • Charlie May Simon Children’s Book Award, 1995-1996; Nominee Arkansas
  • Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award, 1995; Nominee Colorado
  • Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award, 1997-98; Nominee Colorado
  • Golden Sower Award, 1995; Nominee Nebraska
  • Great Stone Face Award, 1995-1996; Nominee New Hampshire
  • Indian Paintbrush Book Award, 1996; Nominee Wyoming
  • Kentucky Bluegrass Award, 1995; Nominee Kentucky
  • Maine Student Book Award, 1994-1995; Nominee Maine
  • MRA Reader's Choice Award, 1996; Nominee Michigan
  • Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award, 1996; Nominee Illinois
  • Virginia State Young Readers' Award, 1996; Nominee Virginia
  • William Allen White Children's Book Award, 1995-1996; Master List Kansas
  • Young Adult Reading Program, 1995; South Dakota

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Reading Measurement Programs:


055347359X, 9780440219071
Bantam Doubleday Dell Books for Young Readers (New York:) 1994.

Lexile, MetaMetrics, Inc.

Lexile Measure 760
Accelerated Reader Points

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level 6-8
Reading Level 6
Accelerated Reader Points 9


9780395645666, 0395645662
Houghton Mifflin (Boston:) 1993.

Accelerated Reader
Interest Level Middle Grade
Book Level 5.7
Accelerated Reader Points 7

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level 6-8
Reading Level 6
Accelerated Reader Points 9

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Reviews :

Robin F. Whitten (Audiofile, June 1995)
Praise and controversy precede this powerful story of a boy confronting the hidden truth about his futuristic society. Winner of the 1994 Newbery Award, Lowry's story sparks emotion and response from adults and children alike. This is a compelling prospect for family listening. Initially Rifkin's voice seems too regional to portray the characters of this utopian/dystopian world, but he convincingly conveys the anticipation of the coming-of-age ceremony of Jonas and his friends. As the meaning of Jonas' selection as "Receiver of Memory" unfolds, Rifkin's characterizations become more powerful. Although the story drives the presentation, Rifkin's juxtaposition of the young boy and the old Giver has tremendous effect. His voice for the Giver becomes increasingly weary and strained while Jonas' gains strength. Sharing this audiobook in a family or a classroom offers a valuable opportunity to respond to and discuss Lowry's moving novel. R.F.W. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine Unabridged. 1995 (orig. 1994), Random House Audio, Four cassettes, 4.5 hrs., Retail pak, $18.99.
(PUBLISHER: Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Pub. (New York:), PUBLISHED: 1995 1993.)

Recorded Books (Recorded Books, LLC.)
Newberry Award winning story of 12-year-old Jonas who is singled out to receive special training from the “Giver”. This modern classic is considered to be the “young person’s 1984’. nd, n/a, Unabridged Cassette - Library Edition; 21642, $24.75.
(PUBLISHER: Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Pub. (New York:), PUBLISHED: 1995 1993.)

Robin F. Whitten (Audiofile, June 1995)
Praise and controversy precede this powerful story of a boy confronting the hidden truth about his futuristic society. Winner of the 1994 Newbery Award, Lowry's story sparks emotion and response from adults and children alike. This is a compelling prospect for family listening. Initially Rifkin's voice seems too regional to portray the characters of this utopian/dystopian world, but he convincingly conveys the anticipation of the coming-of-age ceremony of Jonas and his friends. As the meaning of Jonas' selection as "Receiver of Memory" unfolds, Rifkin's characterizations become more powerful. Although the story drives the presentation, Rifkin's juxtaposition of the young boy and the old Giver has tremendous effect. His voice for the Giver becomes increasingly weary and strained while Jonas' gains strength. Sharing this audiobook in a family or a classroom offers a valuable opportunity to respond to and discuss Lowry's moving novel. R.F.W. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine Unabridged. 1995 (orig. 1994), Random House Audio, Four cassettes, 4.5 hrs., Retail pak, $18.99.
(PUBLISHER: Bantam Doubleday Dell Books for Young Readers (New York:), PUBLISHED: 1994 c1993.)

Paula Rohrlick (KLIATT Review, November 1994 (Vol. 28, No. 6))
In Jonas's world, there is no pain. No one goes hungry, and everyone is assigned a valued job to perform in the community. But there are also no colors, no music, no deep emotions--and no choices. When Jonas turns 12, he is given his Assignment. He has been selected to receive special training from an old man, the Giver, who alone holds the feelings and memories for the community. Armed with the painful knowledge the Giver imparts to him, Jonas confronts the negative side of the utopia he had unthinkingly accepted. Finally he realizes that change must come, and that he must leave to make that happen. Jonas's flight to freedom is a memorable climax to this compelling parable. Winner of the 1994 Newbery Medal and chosen as an ALA Best Book for YAs, among many other honors, this moving novel will make readers ponder the dilemma of security versus freedom. The characters, especially Jonas, and the community come alive in Lowry's spare, polished prose. This story will stay with the reader and provoke much classroom discussion. Category: Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror. KLIATT Codes: JS*--Exceptional book, recommended for junior and senior high school students. 1993, Dell/Laurel-Leaf, 180p. 18cm., $4.50. Ages 12 to 18.
(PUBLISHER: Bantam Doubleday Dell Books for Young Readers (New York:), PUBLISHED: 1994 c1993.)

Publishers Weekly (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. (Sept.)
(PUBLISHER: Bantam Doubleday Dell Books for Young Readers (New York:), PUBLISHED: 1994 c1993.)

Recorded Books (Recorded Books, LLC.)
Newberry Award winning story of 12-year-old Jonas who is singled out to receive special training from the “Giver”. This modern classic is considered to be the “young person’s 1984’. nd, n/a, Unabridged Cassette - Library Edition; 21642, $24.75.
(PUBLISHER: Bantam Doubleday Dell Books for Young Readers (New York:), PUBLISHED: 1994 c1993.)

Yvonne Coppard (Carousel 24, Summer 2003)
Imagine a world with no pain, no anger, no fighting or lust or revenge. In the Community, sometime in the future, there is no colour, no emotion, no choice. Everyone is well looked after and days are filled with comfortable routines and small pleasures. The rules and regulations, and the pills each morning, keep people content, and they have no idea that there is a world of chaos and colour, of joy and pain, beyond their boundaries. But when Jonas is selected to be the Receiver, the holder of memories and stored emotions for the Community, he begins to question the value of the Community's life and yearn for something more. 'What if...' resounds in every chapter. A thought-provoking and fascinating read. Category: Fluent. Collins, £5.99.
(PUBLISHER: Collins (London:), PUBLISHED: 2003 c1993.)

Jan Lieberman (Children's Literature)
Jonas lives in a perfect society. There is no pain, poverty, divorce, delinquency, etc. One's life's work is chosen by the Elders. At the Ceremony of 12, Jonas is shocked to learn that he has been awarded the most prestigious honor. His assignment will be that of Receiver of Memories. He studies with "the Giver," a man he comes to love. Within time he learns the horrifying secrets of his community and must make a decision that will test his courage, intelligence, and stamina. This is a stunning, provocative science fiction story that will inspire discussion. 1997 (orig. 1993), Houghton/Dell, $14.95, $5.50 and $2.69. Ages 11 to 14.
(PUBLISHER: Houghton Mifflin $14.95 $5.50 and $2.69., PUBLISHED: 1993)

Susie Wilde (Children's Literature)
Lowry won the Newbery award for this book, her first science fiction story. Jonas is an adolescent living in a world that has a decidedly futuristic feel. When he turns twelve, he gets the job that will last him the rest of his life. He's the Receiver of Memory, the one who receives from the Giver all the memories of his society. Jonas is given great privileges, new privacy, and information that allow him (and readers) to see through the society's apparent Eden. At first his world seems great, but then, bit by bit, she tears away at the perfection she has built. 1993, Houghton Mifflin, $14.95, $5.50 and $2.69. Ages 12 to 15.
(PUBLISHER: Houghton Mifflin $14.95 $5.50 and $2.69., PUBLISHED: 1993)

(Children's Literature.)
Lois Lowry has expressed fascination with “the general continuity of life, the beginnings and ends, transitions, people’s adjustments to change.” These concerns shape how she begins and ends her books, creating a wonderful sense of organic unity in the characters journeys from innocence to experience. Her stories resonate with affirmation of inner growth stemming from discoveries about self, family, and community. 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.
(PUBLISHER: Houghton Mifflin 179 p Ages 08 to 12., PUBLISHED: 1993)

Susie Wilde (Children's Literature)
Jonas lives in a perfect society. There is no pain, poverty, divorce, delinquency, etc. One’s life’s work is chosen by the Elders. At the Ceremony of 12, Jonas is shocked to learn that he has been awarded the most prestigious honor. His assignment will be that of Receiver of Memories. He studies with “the Giver,” a man he comes to love. Within time he learns the horrifying secrets of his community and must make a decision that will test his courage, intelligence, and stamina. This is a stunning, provocative science fiction story that will inspire discussion. Lowry won the Newbery award for this book. This anniversary edition is augmented with illustrations by renowned artist Ibatoulline. For those coming to the book for the first time, it will not be an issue to see the characters depicted in these gorgeous sepia tone illustrations. For those who have read the book and have their own mental images, the pictures may be less appealing since they have already created their mental images of the characters and the setting. 2011 (orig. 1993), Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $19.99. Ages 11 up.
(PUBLISHER: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children (Boston:), PUBLISHED: 2011.)

Ilene Cooper (Booklist, Apr. 15, 1993 (Vol. 89, No. 16))
Lowry once again turns in a new direction; this time to the future. Jonas lives in a world that many of us have longed for. There is no war, poverty, or family turmoil, and so no fear, no hardship, no everyday discontent, no long-term terror. Jonas lives with his father, who's a Nurturer at the childcare center; his mother, who works at the Department of Justice; and his sister, Lily, who is a Six. Jonas himself is soon to be a Twelve, an important age because each year at the annual Ceremony all the 12-years-olds in the community receive their life assignments from the Elders. Jonas is named to the most prestigious and unusual job in the community--the Receiver of Memory. There is only one Receiver, and when he grows old, he trains his successor. Jonas is both puzzled and frightened by his job, which requires him to receive all the memories of their world and the land that lies beyond their community, Elsewhere. Like the falling of night, the story's mood changes almost imperceptibly. Readers lulled by the warmth and safety of the community will find themselves quite surprised as the darkness enfolds them. What the former Receiver, now the Giver, has to tell Jonas rocks the boy's sense of self and turns inside out the life he has known. At first, the Giver offers benign memories--of snow, sunshine, and color, things that existed before the community went to Sameness--and the boy grieves for what has been lost. But soon Jonas receives memories of pain and death, and then he is torn. Perhaps his community's decision to shelter the citizens from the world's sorrow has been correct. Yet by going to Sameness, the community has also eliminated all possibilities for choice and, finally, for happiness. The simplicity and directness of Lowry's writing force readers to grapple with their own thoughts about this dichotomy; though it is clear what the right answer is (and, at times, the narrative lacks subtlety in insisting upon that answer), the allure of a life without pain will give even the least philosophical of readers something to ponder. Lowry forces the point for Jonas when he learns that baby Gabriel, whom the family had been raising, is to be Released. Jonas had always thought Release simply meant going Elsewhere, but now he knows the term's real meaning: the baby will be killed. So to save Gabriel, and with the Giver's help, Jonas decides to flee to Elsewhere. Lowry heightens the tension as Jonas and Gabriel dodge search parties and airplanes, face starvation, and become weaker seeking a better place. Lowry's ending is the most unsatisfying element of the book. Jonas and Gabriel, freezing, starving, very near death, finally see the lights and hear the music of Elsewhere. But have they arrived? Or, as some (mainly adults, perhaps) will wonder--have the children died? With the book's tension level raised so high, readers will want closure, not ambiguity. Anti-Utopian novels have an enduring appeal. This one makes an especially good introduction to the genre because it doesn't load the dice by presenting the idea of a community structured around safety as totally negative. There's a distinctly appealing comfort in sameness that kids--especially junior high kids--will recognize. Yet the choice is clear. Sameness versus freedom, happiness at the risk of pain. Something to talk about. Category: Older Readers. 1993, Houghton, $13.95. Gr. 6-9. Starred Review.
(PUBLISHER: Houghton Mifflin (Boston:), PUBLISHED: 1993.)

Jan Lieberman (Children's Literature)
Jonas lives in a perfect society. There is no pain, poverty, divorce, delinquency, etc. One's life's work is chosen by the Elders. At the Ceremony of 12, Jonas is shocked to learn that he has been awarded the most prestigious honor. His assignment will be that of Receiver of Memories. He studies with "the Giver," a man he comes to love. Within time he learns the horrifying secrets of his community and must make a decision that will test his courage, intelligence, and stamina. This is a stunning, provocative science fiction story that will inspire discussion. 1997 (orig. 1993), Houghton/Dell, $14.95, $5.50 and $2.69. Ages 11 to 14.
(PUBLISHER: Houghton Mifflin (Boston:), PUBLISHED: 1993.)

Susie Wilde (Children's Literature)
Lowry won the Newbery award for this book, her first science fiction story. Jonas is an adolescent living in a world that has a decidedly futuristic feel. When he turns twelve, he gets the job that will last him the rest of his life. He's the Receiver of Memory, the one who receives from the Giver all the memories of his society. Jonas is given great privileges, new privacy, and information that allow him (and readers) to see through the society's apparent Eden. At first his world seems great, but then, bit by bit, she tears away at the perfection she has built. 1993, Houghton Mifflin, $14.95, $5.50 and $2.69. Ages 12 to 15.
(PUBLISHER: Houghton Mifflin (Boston:), PUBLISHED: 1993.)

CCBC (Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices, 1993)
In Jonas' world, there is no pain, no conflict, no poverty or injustice. Everything, including the work you will do for the rest of your life, is carefully planned out and controlled. On his twelfth birthday, Jonas, along with all the other twelve-year-olds, is assigned his life role in the community by the Elders: apprentice to the Giver. It's not what he expected. He's never even heard of the Giver, but as he learns under this mysterious man who keeps the history, he begins to receive memories of another place and time, and his perceptions of his perfect world start to radically alter. This gripping tale, set in a not-so-distant-future time, raises provactive issues for discussion and has a dramatic ending that will leave readers clamoring to offer their own interpretations of events. CCBC categories: Fiction For Children; Fiction For Teenagers. 1993, Houghton Mifflin, 180 pages, $13.95. Ages 10-14.
(PUBLISHER: Houghton Mifflin (Boston:), PUBLISHED: 1993.)

Kirkus (Kirkus Reviews, 1993)
In a radical departure from her realistic fiction and comic chronicles of Anastasia, Lowry creates a chilling, tightly controlled future society where all controversy, pain, and choice have been expunged, each childhood year has its privileges and responsibilities, and family members are selected for compatibility. As Jonas approaches the "Ceremony of Twelve," he wonders what his adult "Assignment" will be. Father, a "Nurturer," cares for "newchildren"; Mother works in the "Department of Justice"; but Jonas's admitted talents suggest no particular calling. In the event, he is named "Receiver," to replace an Elder with a unique function: holding the community's memories--painful, troubling, or prone to lead (like love) to disorder; the Elder ("The Giver") now begins to transfer these memories to Jonas. The process is deeply disturbing; for the first time, Jonas learns about ordinary things like color, the sun, snow, and mountains, as well as love, war, and death: the ceremony known as "release" is revealed to be murder. Horrified, Jonas plots escape to "Elsewhere," a step he believes will return the memories to all the people, but his timing is upset by a decision to release a newchild he has come to love. Ill-equipped, Jonas sets out with the baby on a desperate journey whose enigmatic conclusion resonates with allegory: Jonas may be a Christ figure, but the contrasts here with Christian symbols are also intriguing. Wrought with admirable skill--the emptiness and menace underlying this Utopia emerge step by inexorable step: a richly provocative novel. 1993, Houghton Mifflin, $13.95. Starred Review. © 1993 Kirkus Reviews/VNU eMedia, Inc. All rights reserved.
(PUBLISHER: Houghton Mifflin (Boston:), PUBLISHED: 1993.)

Publishers Weekly (Publishers Weekly)
In the ``ideal'' world into which Jonas was born, everybody has sensibly agreed that well-matched married couples will raise exactly two offspring, one boy and one girl. These children's adolescent sexual impulses will be stifled with specially prescribed drugs; at age 12 they will receive an appropriate career assignment, sensibly chosen by the community's Elders. This is a world in which the old live in group homes and are ``released''--to great celebration--at the proper time; the few infants who do not develop according to schedule are also ``released,'' but with no fanfare. Lowry's development of this civilization is so deft that her readers, like the community's citizens, will be easily seduced by the chimera of this ordered, pain-free society. Until the time that Jonah begins training for his job assignment--the rigorous and prestigious position of Receiver of Memory--he, too, is a complacent model citizen. But as his near-mystical training progresses, and he is weighed down and enriched with society's collective memories of a world as stimulating as it was flawed, Jonas grows increasingly aware of the hypocrisy that rules his world. With a storyline that hints at Christian allegory and an eerie futuristic setting, this intriguing novel calls to mind John Christopher's Tripods trilogy and Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Match Girl. Lowry is once again in top form--raising many questions while answering few, and unwinding a tale fit for the most adventurous readers. Ages 12-14. (Apr.)
(PUBLISHER: Houghton Mifflin (Boston:), PUBLISHED: 1993.)

Laura M. Zaidman (The ALAN Review, Fall 1994 (Vol. 22, No. 1))
Winner of the 1994 Newbery Medal, Lowry's thought-provoking fantasy challenges adolescents to explore important social and political issues. The Giver trains twelve-year-old Jonas as the next Receiver of Memory, the community's receptacle of past memories. This seemingly utopian society (without pain, poverty, unemployment, or disorder) is actually a body- and mind-controlling dystopia (without love, colors, sexual feelings, or memories of the past). In an exciting plot twist, Jonas courageously resolves his moral dilemma and affirms the human spirit's power to prevail, to celebrate love, and to transmit memories. From the book jacket's evocative photographic images--The Giver in black and white; trees in blazing color--to the suspenseful conclusion, this book is first-rate. Just as Lowry's Number the Stars (which received the 1990 Newbery Medal) portrays the Danish people's triumph over Nazi persecution, The Giver engages the reader in an equally inspiring victory over totalitarian inhumanity. 1993, Houghton Mifflin, 180 pp., $13.95. Ages 11 up.
(PUBLISHER: Houghton Mifflin (Boston:), PUBLISHED: 1993.)

Roger Sutton (The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, April 1993 (Vol. 46, No. 8))
The future society in which Jonas lives is benevolently, but totally, controlled. Babies are birthed by anonymous Birthmothers, then adopted by couples who each raise no more than two children. Sex is repressed, thanks to a pill each citizen of the Community is given upon reaching puberty. Vocations are assigned by the Committee of Elders when each child reaches the age of twelve. While all these strictures are staples of science fiction, author Lowry, new to the genre, must be credited for the calm simplicity with which she describes Jonas' community. Like B. F. Skinner's Walden Two, it seems a peaceful place, where its people have been so seduced into its protections that they don't think to question the alternatives. But Jonas, who much to his surprise has been assigned the important job of Receiver, the one who holds all the memories of the past for the community, learns that security may mean less than total fulfillment. The novel takes a didactic turn when Jonas, through the elderly Giver, begins to receive memories of colors, Christmas, family warmth and deep unhappiness. All these losses have already been implicitly rendered, and spelling them out turns story into sermon. When Jonas learns that his tiny foster brother Gabriel is to be Released (killed) for his failure to thrive, he runs away with the baby-a tense escape, the first real action in the story, but unfortunately it's the conclusion, and a closing ecstatic vision leaves readers thinking that Jonas and Gabe have either died of exposure, or have headed into a new life, one that might be detailed in a sequel. Lowry could go a lot further with the intriguingly cool world she has created, but the present novel feels too much like a scene-setting introduction. Ad--Additional book of acceptable quality for collections needing more material in the area. Reviewed from galleys (c) Copyright 1993, The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 1993, Houghton, [208p], $13.95. Grades 5-8.
(PUBLISHER: Houghton Mifflin (Boston:), PUBLISHED: 1993.)

Midwest Book Review (Children's Bookwatch, January 2013)
Lois Lowry's 'The Giver' series appears in newly repackaged hardcovers and provides a fine keepsake collection of the trilogy plus its companion for any who would obtain lasting copies of this Newbery-winning classic. Start with the companion to The Giver, GATHERING BLUE, which tells of a gifted crippled girl who is orphaned and must fight against a brutal society that sees her as worthless. Spared from certain death by a Council who wants to use her mystical talent, Kira begins to realize her strengths and self-worth. THE GIVER tells of Jonas, who lives in a supposedly idyllic community where life is rigidly arranged for the benefit of all and nobody asks questions about the organization. Everyone obeys - so there is no conflict - until Jonas begins to question his world and is received a special assignment to study under a mysterious old man known only as the Giver. His evolution will not only take a different course but will change humanity in this warm, moving and unique tale. MESSENGER provides another companion story centering around one Matty, who is guided by a blind Seer's visions and carries messages through a Forest that he alone can pass through. His desire is to earn the title Messenger - but when danger seeps into the village, Matty must journey to the forest to find Seer's daughter Kira in the fine story. SON tells of a young girl who washes up on a shore: nobody knows she was a Vessel whose son was stolen from her. She was supposed to forget him; but she can't. A gripping saga involves a young girl's search for a lost child in this fine story. The Fiction Shelf ...., Clarion Books, $17.99. n/a
(PUBLISHER: Houghton Mifflin (Boston:), PUBLISHED: [2012])

Val Randall (Books for Keeps No. 89, November 1994)
Jonas lives in an apparently perfect world, where order and conformity generate happiness. When he's assigned to the Giver in order to receive the memories of the community, he discovers his life has been a careful facade, denying emotions and choices. His decision to return these memories to the community and his subsequent flight lead to a thought-provoking ending which matches the remainder of the narrative in linguistic inventiveness and subtlety. Category: Middle/Secondary. . ...., Lions, £3.50. Ages 10 to 14.
(PUBLISHER: Lions (London:), PUBLISHED: 1993.)

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Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2012

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viii 197 p.:
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Formerly CIP.
London: Collins, 2003

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Saint Paul Minn.: EMC/Paradigm Pub., 2002

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Media Type: Language Material
180 p. ;
([Fic])
0440219078
9780440219071
055347359X
9780553473599
"Laurel-leaf books."
Houghton Mifflin 179 p Ages 08 to 12., 1993

Media Type:

9780440237686
0440237688
Houghton Mifflin $14.95 $5.50 and $2.69., 1993

Media Type:

0440227275
9780440227274
London: Lions, 1993

Media Type: Language Material
180p.
(813.54)
0006748287
9780006748281
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1993

Media Type: Language Material
180 p. ;
PZ7.L9673 ([Fic])
0395645662
9780395645666
Thorndike Me.: Thorndike Press, 1993

Media Type: Language Material
226 p. (large print) ;
PZ7.L9673 ([Fic])
0786200553
9780786200559
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Trade & Reference Publishers, 93

Media Type: Language Material
192
(Fic)
9780547345901
0547345909
9780544458444
0544458443

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