The Giver

The Giver

eBook - 1993
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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.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1993
ISBN: 9780547345901
0547345909
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource (180 p.)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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IndyPL_MelindaM Mar 08, 2019

I read the Giver not because I had to, but because a group of adults on tv said it should be banned. I wanted to know why and I wanted to make my own judgement of it. It's basically a story about what happens to Jonas after he turns 12 years old and how he deals with life, and death. I wasn't ... Read More »


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MustardReader
Jun 05, 2019

Awesome book! Definitely recommend reading it!!

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MarcusStroman6
May 07, 2019

Great book. Very emotional and keeps you in suspense. You may or may not like the cliffhanger at the end. However, there are more books in the series

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the_acce
May 04, 2019

this book is one of the best ones out there! 📖

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Witchesbrew
Apr 12, 2019

I read this book with my 10 year old, and it was a great way to open up a conversation about choice, free will and ethics. Some of the subject matter is challenging (thinking specifically of the "release" of the twin) but if you're up to the challenge it can be a great way to introduce a reader to dystopian fiction.

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carokana_cm3
Mar 06, 2019

This book was a very emotional, and wonderful book! The word choices that Louis Lowry chose were powerful. Each word had thoughtful meaning to it!

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Sobbingfangirl
Dec 23, 2018

Made me cry...beautiful story and so so sad

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ReadingNightOwl
Dec 18, 2018

READ THIS! This book is so good! AND after you read this book, there are 3 more for you to read. All of the books are so good, you won't want to put them down. (I didn't want to) Read this one though and see if you like it. If you don't, well too bad for you. But personally, I think this is a great book and series.

If you are a fan of the Hunger Games, this is a great book to read next! In this book, the author gives the reader a look into what our world would look like if our paths were chosen for us. I read it in high school and recently read it again and enjoyed it even more the second time. (submitted by KP)

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DeeDeeBird
Oct 14, 2018

I absolutely loved this book. It really makes you think and figure things out for yourself.
Even though it leaves you with a BIG FRUSTRATING CLIFFHANGER, it is definetly one of my favorites. 10/10

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vividlyye
Sep 05, 2018

A very interesting read. I picked it up during my free time and immediately got immersed in it. The world was quite an interesting place, an ideal place but unable to make your own choices. The beginning was a great hook for me and the middle chapters exciting as he learned from The Giver. What really got me was the ending. It felt rushed and left you hanging. But it did leave you to think what happened afterwards but I would have liked more complete ending rather than loose ends. But overall this book is amazing and would recommend to others.8.5/10

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DhwanilPPatel
May 24, 2019

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May 15, 2019

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Apr 12, 2019

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Feb 04, 2019

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Jan 10, 2019

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blue_dog_8171
Jan 08, 2019

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ReadingNightOwl
Dec 18, 2018

ReadingNightOwl thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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Nov 25, 2018

red_tiger_2265 thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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Oct 15, 2018

mx2048 thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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Sep 16, 2018

Rubilil thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

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ReadingNightOwl
Dec 18, 2018

"Precision of language!"

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DeeDeeBird
Oct 14, 2018

"Do you enjoy me?"

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parnoosh
Jul 15, 2016

"The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It's the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared."

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Makemoney
Jul 06, 2016

“The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It's the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.”

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CasadyGirl
Apr 21, 2016

"There could be love." Jonas from The Giver

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ashley_ahadjitse
Mar 12, 2016

“We gained control of many things. But we had to let go of others.”

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ashley_ahadjitse
Mar 12, 2016

“We gained control of many things. But we had to let go of others.”

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ashley_ahadjitse
Mar 12, 2016

“We gained control of many things. But we had to let go of others.”

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blue_dog_8329
Jan 25, 2016

" Bye-bye little guy"

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derekhl
Dec 12, 2015

"The world is filled with color, the color that we have on hands, on our body. Before, there was darkness, there was a wall blocking the path of those who wanted to cross it."

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gemmag12
Mar 08, 2019

The book “The Giver” is a really interesting book I believe everyone should read. It’s about this boy named Jonas how lives in a place where a lot of older people lived throughout the novel he start remembering all these memories from the past soon then he was given the job to be The Receiver and in which later is known as The Giver. Throughout the story it shows how he feels from being able to remember stuff from the past.

I would rate this is a 10/10 it is really interesting it shows a lot of emotional appeal and the author makes the reader think about because once you think about what the author is say your mind is just blow her writing is so phenomenal.

I would recommend this book to most 6-8 graders because it is a challenging book but very fun to interpret because it is more like a scientific mystery book fun to read but you have to understand what the book is about.

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rsagarin
Jun 12, 2017

Jonas lives in a community that revolves around the concept of "sameness". From a lack of opportunity to form his own opinions, Jonas has come to believe that this is the ideal way of life. When he is assigned the role of receiver at the Ceremony of Twelve, everything changes. He has access to memories of a time before sameness. He begins to question what really is ideal and distances himself from those around him to a point where he can no longer function in the community and believes he needs to find a far away place not often talked about known as elsewhere.

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cindyzhang1
Aug 30, 2016

Jonas struggles against the Sameness that everyone in his community adheres to.

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LandJ
Jun 04, 2016

This book is about a young boy named Jonas who lives in a society strictly controlled by the elders. Every one follows rules and nobody knows about their past. Eventually, kids will be given jobs were they will stick with for their whole life. Jonas is special and gets a job where he is given memories of the past.
-LandJ

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xzhang17
Aug 22, 2015

This novel takes place in a futuristic dystopian society that is characterized by Sameness. Although hunger and conflict are inexistent, so are emotions and freedom. When Jonas becomes the Receiver of Memory, the Giver (the previous Receiver of Memory) transmits memories of life prior to Sameness to him. As his experiences allow him to see all his friends and family are missing, Jonas becomes increasingly isolated when he is no longer satisfied with his life in the community.

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Cade2016
Jul 14, 2015

This book has a sad ending because he dies no matter what. How could they make 3 more books off of this series?

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Kulsum_0
Jul 03, 2015

This book is about a world where there is no color but when Jonas realizes something different by throwing a apple a new adventure begins.

janellejordan Jun 02, 2015

When Jonas takes a trip to the giver he finds out that there is much more to there world than everyone knows there is.

PImaLib_EvaO May 06, 2015

This is a story of a young man named Jonas who is selected for a special assignment, replacing the Receiver. The Receiver is the person in the community that holds all the memories of the past. He is called upon when the council needs his advise on what to do in certain situations. The story is of how Jonas reacts to receiving these memories.

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yiyiyaya99
Jul 31, 2014

Jonas lives in a perfect and controlled community where are there are no choices. Everybody is assigned a fitting role at the age of twelve. Jonas is singled out to become the next Receiver, and trains with the past Receiver, who is now the Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the world, and it is time for those memories to be passed on. Jonas is shocked upon receiving the truth about the world before him.

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Dragonrat703
Jul 03, 2017

Frightening or Intense Scenes: A baby is murdered by a needle injection and is then dumped down to an incinerator

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YewandeO
Nov 29, 2015

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Emotional, violent, or frightening memories.

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bafanabafana
Jul 29, 2014

Violence: lots

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bafanabafana
Jul 29, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: lots

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zunairaf
Jul 04, 2014

Violence: This title contains violence.

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mpbarua
Mar 29, 2014

Sexual Content: There is a scene where Jonas shares a dream he had about Fiona where he wanted to bathe her.

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mpbarua
Mar 29, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: There is a scene where Jonas' dad injects a baby with a poison.

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timbronitskiy
Jan 16, 2014

Other: Totally MaryBar74!! I'm with you!

MaryBar74 Aug 07, 2012

Other: Dark and frightening at times

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phuong_nguyen00
Jul 09, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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