The Giver Book Review
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The Giver book review

Lois Lowry
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Title: The Giver

Author: Lois Lowry

Average number of words per page: more than 100

413 readers have rated this story.
Average story rating: 7.72/10.0
413 readers have rated the illustrations.
Average illustration rating: 5.35/10.0

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Book review by: Bri
age: 12

Review submitted on 02/28/2007 at 16:07:02

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Story Rating
10.0 out of a possible 10.0

Bri writes the following about The Giver :
The Giver is a good book because it shows us what the world would be like if you had to be the same as everyone else. You couldn't see in color, you had standard phrases for apologies and standard rituals you had to perform daily. Your day was strictly monitored by a committee of Elders. They determined your spouse, your children, and your job. You don't have memories of animals or war. All those are held by the Receiver of Memories. He is the wisest person in The Community, the place in which the main character, Jonas, lives. The climate is controlled so that it is always good weather for plants to grow in. There are never any snowy days, and there are never any really hot days. In The Community, if you have committed three offenses, you will be released into Elsewhere. Nobody seems to know where Elsewhere is and Jonas is determined to find out. When Jonas is twelve, he is selected from his group to be the new Receiver of Memories, which is very rare, and a great honor. While he is training to be the new Receiver, he receives memories of snow, elephants, and times of war. Then, with the help of the Receiver, who has now become The Giver to Jonas, he finally gets a chance to find out where Elsewhere really is. Jonas decides to break free from The Sameness and The Community. Just when Jonas is about to start his journey, he hears that a 1 year old baby that he knows and loves is about to be released. He takes the baby with him and leaves The Community and The Receiver behind him.
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