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Amazing Book Reviews: The Giver

By Lois Lowry
Reviewed by Tristan K., age 10, California
Published by Houghton Mifflin
For ages 10 and older


The Giver is written from the point of view of Jonas, an 11-year-old boy living in a society in the future that has eliminated all pain, fear, war, and hatred. At age 12, every member of the community is assigned a job based on his or her abilities and interests. At the beginning of the novel, Jonas is “apprehensive” about the upcoming Ceremony of Twelve, when he will be given his official Assignment as a new adult member of the community. He does not have a distinct career preference although he enjoys volunteering at a variety of different jobs.

At the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas is given the most important assignment of Receiver of Memory. The Receiver is the sole keeper of the community’s collective memory. The old receiver, or The Giver, transmits memories by placing his hands on Jonas’s bare back. The first memory he receives is of an exhilarating sled ride. Jonas is helping his family take care of a problem newborn child, Gabriel, who has trouble growing right. Jonas helps the child to sleep by transmitting soothing memories to him every night, and he begins to develop a relationship with Gabe. When Gabe is in danger of being released, the Giver reveals to Jonas that release is the same as death. Jonas’s reaction to this horror gave the Giver an idea to help Jonas devise a plan to change things in the community forever.

The Giver and Jonas plan for Jonas to escape the community and to enter Elsewhere. Once he has done that, his large supply of memories will be transported to the community, and the Giver will help the community to come to terms with the new feelings and thoughts, changing the society forever. However, Jonas is forced to leave earlier than planned when his father tells him that Gabe will be released the next day. Desperate to save Gabe, Jonas steals his father’s bicycle and a supply of food and sets off for Elsewhere.

I enjoyed this book because it really explained how everything happened really well. This book was very interesting and action-packed from the start. I recommend this book to people who love action-packed love stories. This was a very good book.