The Giver by Lois Lowry

Created by Mohammed Elghoul

Book Summary

Jonas lives in a weird world where there are big-time rules and no one thinks for themselves. Everything is the same – there is no music, no color, no pain. Jonas is assigned the job of Receiver of Memory, which is a big deal. He goes to see the Giver and begins to learn all about the way things used to be, like the way our world is now. Some things are great, some things aren't, but nothing is the same. The more Jonas learns about having choices and the bad things that happen in his world, the more he wants to escape. Finally, with the help of the Giver, Jonas leaves, taking his baby brother, Gabe, with him.

About Jonas

Jonas is a Twelve who is chosen to become the next Receiver of Memory in the community. His Assignment is the most honored and respected one, and Jonas has the intelligence, integrity, and courage needed to become a Receiver. As he begins his training with The Giver and slowly understands the truth about the community, however, Jonas feels that things must change. Planning together with The Giver, Jonas decides to flee the community forever in order to unleash all the memories that have been kept from the citizens for so long.

3 Other Important Characters

"He was free to enjoy the breathless glee that overwhelmed him: the speed, the clear cold air, the total silence, the feeling of balance and excitement and peace."

Questions about The Giver

1. Why are feelings and memories eliminated from Jonas' community?

2.How is Jonas' relationship with The Giver different than the relationships he has with his mother, father, and sister?

3.What does Jonas take with him on his journey at the end of the book, and why does he take it with him?

Rating of The Giver

I give this book a four out of five.

I like that Lois Lowry did a good job on the setting of the community Jonas lives in without giving away too many of the twists right away.
My one complaint is that the ending is a little rushed. It was a great book but the ending seems to wrap just a little too quickly. I also didn't like that the community really knew nothing.