The Giver

By: Lois Lowry, Flyer By: Archana Thekkepat

Book Summary

Jonas lives in a community where everything is controlled by a committee of elders. These elders assign jobs, choose who you marry, where you live, who your children are, etc. Jonas never questioned how the community runs or any of the elder's decisions until his life makes a turning point. During the ceremony of the 12, he gets assigned the job of the Receiver of Memories. As the Receiver of the Memories Jonas was sent to train with the past Receiver of Memories who is also known as the Giver. From then on truths are revealed and he learns of the time before sameness was implemented to life. As the Giver gives Jonas more memories of the past the more he wanted to escape the community to elsewhere and release these memories to the community so that they can learn of the time before sameness.

Main Characters


Jonas is the main character of the story. Jonas is a 11 year old boy who became the Receiver of Memories at age 12 in the Ceremony of the 12. Jonas trains with the Giver and receives memories from the Giver. Jonas is very curious, thoughtful, and caring for family/friends. He is different, smart, brave, nice, unusual, and emotional. Jonas is easily amazed by the world, colors, and memories that are around him and that he holds. Jonas faces many challenges throughout the book. He faces the challenge of maturity as well as the challenge of receiving painful memories. Jonas also faces a conflict in which deciding to leave the community. Also at the end of the book he faces the challenge of survival.

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Great Quotes From the Book

Favorite Quote:

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

Other Great Quotes:

"Things could change, Gabe. Things could be different. I don't know how, but there must be some way for things to be different. There could be colors. And grandparents. And everybody would have memories. You know about memories." Lois Lowry, The Giver

“If you were to be lost in the river, Jonas, your memories would not be lost with you. Memories are forever.” Lois Lowry, The Giver

“If everything's the same, then there aren't any choices! I want to wake up in the morning and decide things!” Lois Lowry, The Giver

“Of course they needed to care. It was the meaning of everything.” Lois Lowry, The Giver

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  • What are the roles that the Giver plays in the story?
  • In what ways is the "community" not safe?
  • What are the points and reasons that led Jonas to the decision of escaping the "community" to "elsewhere"?
  • What is "sameness" and what are some examples of "sameness" that are seen in everyday life?
  • If you were Jonas would you have made the same decision that he had or would you do something else? If so what would you do?

Overall Rating


The futuristic and imaginative plot of the story was very interesting. I like the overall plot of the story as well as how the author developed the plot. I also liked how the author developed the setting of the story and how he brought out and described the characters. The drama and plot twists of the story also added to the interest of the story. All in all the story was great and interesting.


I would have liked the ending to be more concise and juicy. I also didn't like how the author didn't use the point of view of the Giver. If the author had, then the readers would be able to know the Giver's thoughts and the way he sees everything that happened in the story.

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