The Giver

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The Giver

By Lois Lowry

Laurel Leaf Library, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780440237686, 192pp.

Publication Date: September 10, 2002

Lois Lowry's "The Giver" is the quintessential dystopian novel, followed by its remarkable companions, "Gathering Blue," "Messenge"r, and "Son."
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.

Praise For The Giver

"A powerful and provacative novel.”
-- The New York Times

Saturday, Aug 16, 2014

Lowry's father didn't have Alzheimer's, but as he began to forget his past, the author says she began to imagine a book about eliminating painful memories. The Giver has just been adapted into a film. More at

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