The Giver

by Lois Lowry created by Daniella M.

Book Summary

Jonas lives in a supposedly perfect world where there are big-time rules and no one thinks for themselves. Everything is the same there is no music, no love, no color, no pain. Jonas is assigned the job of Receiver of Memory, a big deal. When he begins to spend time with The Giver, an old man who maintains and protects the communities memories, Jonas begins to learn all about the way things used to be. The more Jonas learns about having choices and the bad things that happen in his world, the more he wants to escape. He is challenged to release his memories to the people of his community which is a mission no one has ever succeeded.

Jonas (main character)

The main character Jonas is a polite, compassionate, and thoughtful boy. At the Ceremony of twelve, Jonas is selected to become the new Receiver of Memory, the most important job in the community. After he spends time with the Giver Jonas realizes that people gave up their freedom for Sameness. Jonas soon becomes angry and annoyed because he believes that everyone should have love and be able to decide and make choices. In the end he risks his life to give the people of his community there memories back.

"The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It is the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared."

Teacher-like Questions

1. How do you think Jonas felt she he first meet the Giver?

2. What is the plot of the book?

3. What do you predict might happen next after Jonas hears an echo?

4. What do you think might have happened if Rosemary stayed Receiver of Memory and hand't died?

5. I f Jonas hadn't ran away who do you think would become the next Receiver of Memory?

Overall Rating

I liked the fact that Jonas saved Gabe from dying and shares his memories with him. I disliked the ending because it leaves the story with a cliff hanger and it leaves you wondering if Jonas and Gabe make it and all is right with the world again or if they die of starvation and exposure to the snow.