Thorndike Press

The Giver

  • Lois Lowry
  • Offered By: Thorndike Striving Reader
  • ISBN-10: 0786271531
  • ISBN-13: 9780786271535
  • DDC: FIC
  • Shipping Weight: .60 lbs ( .27 kgs)
  • 226 Pages | Paperback
  • Published/Released December 2004



A Newbery Medal Winner
An ALA Notable Children's Book
An ALA Best Book for Young Adults

It was almost December, and Jonas was beginning to be frightened. Thus opens this haunting novel in which a boy inhabits a seemingly ideal world: a world without conflict, poverty, unemployment, divorce, injustice, or inequality. December is the time of the annual Ceremony at which each twelve year old receives a life assignment from the Elders. Jonas's friend Fiona is named Caretaker of the Old. His cheerful pal Asher becomes the Assistant Director of Recreation. But Jonas has been chosen for something special. When his selection leads him to an unnamed man known only as the Giver, Jonas begins to sense the dark secrets that underlie the fragile perfection of his world.


Customer Reviews

"Winner of the 1994 Newbery Medal, this thought-provoking novel centers on a 12-year-old boy's gradual disillusionment with an outwardly utopian futuristic society. Lowry is once again in top form . . . unwinding a tale fit for the most adventurous readers."-- starred, Publishers Weekly

— Publishers Weekly

". . . a richly provocative novel . . ." -- Kirkus Review

— Kirkus Review

"The author makes real abstract concepts, such as the meaning of a life in which there are virtually no choices to be made and no experiences with deep feelings. This tightly plotted story and its believable characters will stay with readers for a long time." -- School Library Journal

— School Library Journal