The Giver

Author:Lois Lowry By: Zach Wright


Jonas lives in a seemingly idyllic world of conformity and contentment. When he begins to spend time with The Giver , an old man who is the sole keeper of the community's memories, Jonas discovers the dangerous truths of his community's secret past. Armed with the power of knowledge, Jonas realizes that he must escape from their world to protect himself and those he loves a challenge no one has ever completed successfully.


Jonas, our main character and hero, is pretty dang impressive for a twelve-year-old guy. He's contemplative, careful, pensive, mature, compassionate, and composed. He can take care of an infant. He's selfless. He seems to have no qualms about volunteering to bathe super-old people. He treats The Giver with respect and bears pain without complaining

Teacher Like Questions

1. What is a rule about family units?

2. What rule does Jonas's father break?

3. Who is the receiver?

Quote: "We gained control of many things. But we had to let go of others."

Rating: 5.5 out of 10. I liked the suspense and drama but did not like the ending of the story.