Bulldog Library

The Giver

on April 10, 2013

YA F Lowry    •    AR Reading Level: 5.7    •    AR Points: 7.0    •    Quiz #8568

Jacket.aspxImagine living in a world without choices.  Every decision made for you: the clothes you wear, the way you style your hair, and even the person you will marry.  This is Jonas’ world.

Jonas is eleven.  He is about to turn twelve.  He is about to receive his job assignment.  This will be the job that Jonas will have for the rest of his life.  He is excited and nervous.  What will his job be?  Will he like his new job?  Jonas has no way of knowing that the job he will be assigned will change his life forever and literally reshape the way he sees the world.

The Giver by Lois Lowry is a dystopian novel; however, compared to other dystopian novels like The Hunger Games or City of Ember which are filled with action, The Giver presents a much more subdued and contemplative story.  There is very little action until the very end of the book.  The ideas presented and the exchanges between Jonas and the Giver are the focal point and brilliance of this simple story.  This is a book that makes you think.  What is better: freedom or equality?  Should people be allowed to choose how they wish to live even if they may choose poorly?  What if their poor choices lead to negative consequences?  Or is it better to take away choice and freedom to gain sameness, equality, and safety?  If you give up freedom will you be safe?  The Giver is a page-turner and every bit as compelling as The Hunger Games. 

Genre: Dystopian Novel  •  Interest Level: grades 4-8

1994 Newbery Medal Winner

Lowry, L. (1993). The Giver. New York, NY: Delacorte Press.

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