The Giver by Lois Lowry
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Company, 1993. Sixth printing. Hardcover. 180 pages ; 23 cm. $13.95 dust jacket with minimal wear. Newberry Medal sticker on front jacket. Pages are clean and unmarked. Binding is firm.
"It was almost December, and Jonas was beginning to be frightened."
Thus opens this haunting novel in which a boy inhabits a seemingly ideal world: a world without conflict, poverty, unemployment, divorce, injustice, or inequality. It is a time in which family values are paramount, teenage rebellion is unheard of, and even good manners are a way of life.
December is the time of the annual Ceremony at which each twelve years old receives a life assignment determined by the Elders. Jonas watches his friend Fiona named Caretaker of the Old and his cheerful pal Asher labeled the Assistant Director of Recreation. But Jonas has been chosen for something special. When his selection leads him to an unnamed man — the man called only the Giver — he begins to sense the dark secrets that underlie the fragile perfection of his world.
Told with deceptive simplicity, this is the provocative story of a boy who experiences something incredible and undertakes something impossible. In the telling, it questions every value we have taken for granted and reexamines our most deeply held beliefs.
LOIS LOWRY is the author of more than twenty books for young adults, including those in the popular Anastasia Krupnik series. She has received countless honors, among them the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award, the California Young Reader's Medal, and the Mark Twain Award. She also received the Newbery Medal for her novel Number the Stars. Ms. Lowry divides her time between an apartment on Boston's Beacon Hill and an 1840's farmhouse in rural New Hampshire.
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