By Lois Lowry
(Bantam Books for Young Readers, Mass Market Paperback, 9780553571332, 192pp.)
Publication Date: May 11, 1999
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Lois Lowry’s The Giver is the quintessential dystopian novel, followed by its remarkable companions, Gathering Blue, Messenger, 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.
Lois Lowry is a multi-award-winning author who has written many popular books. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is the author of the popular Anastasia Krupnik books and was the recipient of the Newbery Medal for Number the Stars and for The Giver.
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 NPR.org
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"A powerful and provacative novel.”
-- The New York Times