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The Giver (Paperback)

Author:  Lois Lowry
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0553571338
ISBN-13: 9780553571332
Sku: 30471709
Publish Date: 6/1/1999
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 6.75H x 4.25L x 0.75T
Pages:  192
Age Range:  12 to 16
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It was almost December, and Jonas was beginning to be frightened. (from the first line)
A modern-day tale for readers of all ages! Jonas's world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices. Now, Jonas is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now it's time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back. "The Giver" received the Newbery Medal in 1994.
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A modern-day tale for readers of all ages! Jonas's world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices. Now, Jonas is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now it's time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back. "The Giver" received the Newbery Medal in 1994.
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Jonas lives in a perfect world where there is neither fear nor pain, and every person is given a specific role in society. When Jonas turns 12, he is selected to be the new "Giver"--the only person to hold the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Will he be able to live with the truth of these memories? Winner of the 1994 Newbery Medal.Set in a completely controlled, soothingly pleasant society, THE GIVER takes readers into a world free of such things as conflict, hate, and disappointment. At age 12 all residents are given their Assignment, or their adult role in the community--some are Nurturers who care for the young children, others are Laborers, still others are Doctors, and so on. Jonas, however, is given a very special Assignment; he is the new Receiver, which means that he will hold all the memories of life. The retiring Receiver, who will now be known as The Giver, will literally place these memories into Jonas' mind. As Jonas receives memories from The Giver, he begins to understand more about the community in which he lives, and starts to question if a society without a true understanding of the complexities and realities of life is really so perfect after all. A reflection on individualism and freedom of choice, THE GIVER acknowledges and celebrates the importance of both the positive and negative experiences of a fully lived life. Winner of the 1994 Newbery Medal.
Author Bio
Lois Lowry
Lois Lowry has tremendous range as a writer. She is well known for her humorous series of books about Anastasia Krupnik and her younger brother, Sam, but has also written about more serious topics, such as the Holocaust. As a result of her father's career as a U.S. Army dentist, Lois was born in Hawaii and attended junior high school in Japan. She attended Brown University but left school to get married and have children and, as a matter of fact, she had four before her 25th birthday. She eventually returned to school and graduated from the University of Maine. Her first book, A SUMMER TO DIE, was published in 1977. She won the Newbery Medal in 1990 for NUMBER THE STARS and again in 1994 for THE GIVER. A woman of many talents, Lowry's work as a photographer has appeared on the cover of some of her books. She also appeared on the television quiz show Jeopardy!

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Product attributeBook Format:   Pocketbook
Product attributeMinimum Age:   08
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0192
Product attributePublisher:   Starfire
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