The Giver by Lois Lowry
Created by Mohammed Elghoul
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.
3 Other Important Characters
The old man known in the community as the Receiver of Memory. The Giver has held the community’s collective memory for many years and uses his wisdom to help the Committee of Elders make important decisions, even though he is racked by the pain his memories give him and believes that perhaps those memories belong in the minds of everyone in the community.
The new child that Jonas’s family cares for at night. He is sweet and adorable during the day, but has trouble sleeping at night unless Jonas puts him to sleep with some memories. He and Jonas become very close.
Jonas’s best friend. Asher is a fun-loving, hurried boy who usually speaks too fast, mixing up his words often. He is assigned the position of Assistant Director of Recreation.
"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
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 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.