|From The Publisher*||The Giver, the 1994 Newbery Medal winner, has become one of the most influential novels of our time. The haunting story centers on twelve-year-old Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community. Lois Lowry has written three companion novels to The Giver, including Gathering Blue, Messenger, and Son.|
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In Lois Lowry's Newbery Medal–winning classic, twelve-year-old Jonas lives in a seemingly ideal world. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver does he begin to understand the dark secrets behind his fragile community.
|Review Quote*||A powerful and provocative novel'- The New York Times 'Wrought with admirable skill - the emptiness and menace underlying this Utopia emerge step by inexorable step: a richly provocative novel.'- Kirkus , starred review 'Lowry is once again in top form raising many questions while answering few, and unwinding a tale fit for the most adventurous readers.'- Publishers Weekly , starred review'The simplicity and directness of Lowry's writing force readers to grapple with their own thoughts.'- Booklist , starred review'The theme of balancing the values of freedom and security is beautifully presented.'- The Horn Book Magazine , starred review|
|Biographical Note||Lois Lowry is the author of more than thirty books for young adults, including 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 received Newbery Medals for two of her novels, NUMBER THE STARS and THE GIVER. Her first novel, A SUMMER TO DIE, was awarded the International Reading Association's Children's Book Award. Ms. Lowrynow divides her time between Cambridge and an 1840s farmhouse in Maine. To learn more about Lois Lowry, see her website at www.loislowry.com . "|