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The Giver : The Giver Quartet : Book 1 - Lois Lowry

The Giver

The Giver Quartet : Book 1

Paperback Published: 5th May 2008
ISBN: 9780007263516
Number Of Pages: 240
For Ages: 12+ years old

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It's a perfect world, where everything looks right. But ugly truths lie beneath the surface! It is the future. There is no war, no hunger, no pain. No one in The Community wants for anything. Everyone is provided for. Each Family Unit is entitled to one female and male child. Each member of The Community has their profession carefully chosen for them by the Committee of Elders, and they never make a mistake.

Jonas, a sensitive twelve-year-old boy, had never thought there was anything wrong with his Community, until one day. From the moment Jonas is selected as the Receiver of Memory at The Ceremony, his life is never the same. Jonas discovers that The Community is not as perfect as it seems. Although they appear to have everything, they are missing something of great importance. It is up to Jonas, with the help of the Giver, to find what long ago had been lost. And so Jonas embarks on an adventure to save the world as he knows it.

Simply and beautifully written, The Giver is sure to touch the heart of every reader. Lois Lowry deals with issues of everyday life that are so often taken for granted.Through the noble character of Jonas, she presents a glimpse of what could be the future. As the tension in the novel mounts, so does the number of questions that Lowry confronts the reader with.

The Giver is a book of courage and adventure, and most importantly, one of deep thought. Once readers make contact with Lowry's treasure, they may never see things exactly quite the same. Lowry presents a forceful novel that demands to be heard and philosophically dealt with.

About the Author

Lois Lowry, author of over thirty novels and twice winner of the Newbury Medal (for The Giver and Number the Stars), was born on the 20th March 1937 in Hawaii. Her father was an Army dentist and the family lived all over the world. She went to Brown University but left to get married and raise a family of four children. She settled in Maine, where she returned to college and received her degree from the University of Southern Maine.

She fulfilled a childhood dream when she started writing in the 1970s. In her books, Lois throws her characters and readers into many thought-provoking situations. She explains that she measures her success as an author by her ability to "help adolescents answer their own questions about life, identity and human relationships."

Long divorced, and now a grandmother of four, today she lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with her partner, Martin Small, and their Tibetan terrier, Alfie, and spends weekends in their nineteenth-century farmhouse in Maine.

Industry Reviews

"Lowry is once again in top form -- raising many questions while answering few, and unwinding a tale fit for the most adventurous readers." - Publishers Weekly,15 February. 1993: 240

"The Giver, a powerful and provocative novel, is sure to keep older children reading and thinking." - New York Times, 31 Oct. 1993: 26.

OMG so good


Loved this book. So good. I don't usually like books if i see the movie first but not with this one. The premise is really interesting and I, although not much of reader of philosophical books, loved the concept of The Giver and how it questions whether we should really desire security and protection over freedom. Really good for when I need to sit down with a short book and just sink into it.

Launceston, TAS


Great read!


Recommended by a student in my Year 6 class.



Great Read


I really enjoyed this book, the author did a great job of fitting a great storyline into a small book.

Victoria, AU


for older teens


This book came up in searches for children's books. Definitely older teens only. The story line makes the reader think. I enjoyed it!


The Giver

4.5 4


ISBN: 9780007263516
ISBN-10: 0007263511
Series: Essential Modern Classics
Audience: Primary / High School
For Ages: 12+ years old
For Grades: 7+
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 5th May 2008
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.2  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.233

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