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

STORY:
410 readers have rated this story.
Average story rating: 7.71/10.0
ILLUSTRATIONS:
410 readers have rated the illustrations.
Average illustration rating: 5.31/10.0

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Story Rating
8.5 out of a possible 10.0
Book review by: Jess Jansma
age: 12

Review submitted on 04/04/2010 at 18:15:46

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Illustrations Rating
10.0 out of a possible 10.0

Jess Jansma writes the following about The Giver :
Jonas lives in a perfect society--no pain, no crime, no unhappiness. But when he receives his life assignment to be the Receiver of Memories, he discovers secrets about the past, and the terrible choices that make this world possible.

In the perfect future world in which Jonas lives, twelve-year-old children are given their life assignments at the Ceremony of Twelve. Jonas is shocked when he is chosen to be the new Receiver of Memories, a mysterious position of honor held by only one person at a time.

He is trained by the previous Receiver, now called the Giver. The training consists of transferring to him memories of a past--before the imposition of Sameness--that the others in the community can't even imagine, in which there was war, hunger, and disease, but also color, weather, and strong emotions. Gradually Jonas comes to understand, and resent, the choices that had to be made to create his world, and the terrible secrets behind its perfection.

Together he and the Giver concoct a plan to change the way his world works, but before they can carry it out Jonas is forced to make a decision that may destroy them all.
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