The Giver by Lois Lowry

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Jonas lives in a world with no color, no pain, no freedom, and no differences. When Jonas is a 12,  he will be given the job of Receiver, the receiver of all the memories of all time and nothing will ever be the same for him again.

Lowry, Lois. The Giver. Delacorte Press, 1993. 179 pages. paperback. $8.95, ISBN 0-385-73255-4

Would you give up love if there was never any pain? What if you couldn’t see color but never had to make the wrong decision? What if you lived in a world of total order but never made a decision that wasn’t dictated by a rule? Jonas lived in this world. When Jonas turned twelve, he was assigned the job of Receiver. He would receive all of the memories of the past, both good and bad, from the Giver and keep them for the people. But once Jonas knew what everyone had been missing, would he be able to live with it? Would he be able to take over the job of the Giver?  Read and find out for yourself.

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A Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book

An ALA Best Book for Young Adults

An ALA Notable Book for Children

Winner of the Regina Medal

A Booklist Editors’ Choice

A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year

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“I enjoy books about dystopian societies as well as other somewhat science fiction books that attempt to incorporate science.” Elizabeth F. Age 19

“I like good fantasy or dystopian books, but they are really easy to get wrong.” Megan C. Age 15

“I like fantasy and sci-fi best, and post-apocalyptic novels.” Rebecca S. Age 15

“I really like reading Fantasy and Science Fiction and sometimes Historical Fiction.” Leila V. Age 15

“In addition to realistic fiction, I like fantasy, science fiction, historical and non-fiction.” Aly P. Age 15

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