The Giver

The Giver by Lois Lowry. Oup, Houghton Mifflin, 1993.

One of the best novels ever written for children of ages 11-14.

Jonas inhabits a seemingly ideal world that has none of the social evils that confront todays society.  However there is a price for this, and Jonas soon discovers what it is, and has to make a strong moral decision.

The drama all starts on the annual Ceremony Day when the elders decide what all the 12 year olds will do for the rest of their lives to suit the needs of the community. Jonas is assigned as apprentice to the Giver who holds all the community knowledge and experience.

What does Jonas find out? How will the community react? Is there life outside the community? Can the community change?
A stunning novel that all children should know about which addresses the debate over the needs of the community against the needs of the individual.

Lois lowry has always refused to explain the ending of this book but she has written two other books Gathering Blue and The Messenger that can give a clue to what happens.

Read this to your year 7/8 students and the discussion will flow like water.

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