The Giver

By Lois Lowry Fyler Created by Emily Duenas

Book Summary

Jonas lives in a community where everything is controlled. Citizens are assigned to jobs and to a family unit. Everything is the same. There is no color, no conflict, and no choice. Jonas lives a regular life just like everyone else. He goes to school and hangs out with his friends Asher and Fiona. Something about Jonas is different though. He is occasionally able to see beyond what his community holds. At the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas is chosen for a very special, rare job. He is chosen to become the new Receiver of Memory. The Giver, who is the previous Receiver of Memory begins to train Jonas. Jonas is now starting to learn and receive memories from the past, when there was choices, pain, sadness, happiness, and etc. This is very challenging because Jonas is beginning to realize the community he lives in is unfair, and that people deserve to have feelings of love and true family. When Jonas figures out someone he loves greatly is in danger, he will begin to put his memory to the test to see of he can save them.

Main Character- Jonas

Jonas is a twelve year old boy, who has a special ability. He is not like the rest of the people in his community. He is able to see color and eventually begins to have feelings. Jonas is very intelligent and caring. Some challenges he faces are waking up every day to an unfair community where no one knows the truth. He also has to face the fact of lying to his parents.

"The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. Its the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared." -Lois Lowry, The Giver


  • What was the worst memory Jonas received form the Giver?
  • What was the morning ritual for Jonas’s family?
  • Why did the citizens of the community have to a take pill ?
  • What was The Givers favorite memory?

Overall Rating

The Giver was a very interesting book. It always had me at the edge of my seat to see what would happen next. My only complaint is that the book was a bit repetitive.

  • I rate this book a 4 out of 5