The Giver

The Giver

Audiobook CD - 1993
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Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Random House Audio Pub., p1993
ISBN: 9780807286098
0807286095
9780807262030
080726203X
Branch Call Number: CDB JF LOWRY-L
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Characteristics: 4 sound discs (4 hrs. 47 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Rifkin, Ron

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ArapahoePatrick Jan 05, 2021

I decided to end my 2020 reading by revisiting one of my favorite books from my childhood. Initially I was worried that The Giver wouldn't hold up, but as I read it I was reminded of a lot of special memories from my middle school English class discussions. I think rereading this as an adult gave me a better connection to the characters and a better understanding of the book. I highly recommend any patron read this, especially any children who haven't had this book assigned to them. Revisiting it as an adult was a very special experience that I would encourage others to try as well.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Dec 22, 2020

This book starts off pretty slowly. It doesn’t give you much information at the beginning. But once the book starts to give some explanations, the story becomes very interesting and you begin to understand the reasons behind why certain things are what they are. My favourite part of the book would have to be when I figured out why this book was called “The Giver,” because that was the moment that got me really interested in the plot and made me want to read more. The only thing I found kind of annoying is how the book has an ambiguous ending and it basically leaves us with a cliff-hanger. Regardless, I would totally recommend this book to anyone because of how fascinating the story is. 4.5/5 -@firstname_lastname of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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danielgarcia2002
Dec 10, 2020

A very good book, it shows a great example of how society would be if everything was planned from the very beginning for everyone. Emotions and relationships are nothing in this place, families and jobs are chosen by the “Elders” who watch everything. It also had a good movie adaptation in my opinion and I liked how everything was black and white which represented how the world lacks color and feeling because it is all fabricated. In summary, a boy has come of age to be assigned his job which leads him to a man, The Giver, who reveals everything to him.

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Monarch_47
Dec 07, 2020

This book is amazing!!!! It has a wonderful plot and it is beautifully written. If you have not already, you need to read it! ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ Loved it! The rest of the series is really good too!

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quinteniscool
Dec 03, 2020

i hate how both the main people die it sucks it was getting good to then they just die like that

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The_Zookeeper
Nov 07, 2020

How have I never read this book? It's so well written and really gives you a sense of how a society could end up at this place where everyone just follows rules without question all so they are protected from the harder things in life.

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fred98115
Oct 20, 2020

In a society where feelings and emotions have been squashed to placate the masses, one young lad is chosen to be a living library of memories. He rebels by escaping to a land of color and a full life. Great American Read. Part of a quartet.

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MINECRAFT_RULES
Sep 26, 2020

I have no way to explain how amazing this book is. the meaning in it is interpretable on many levels and the word choice is superb. only the best writers could hope to live up to this books standard.

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naihco3
Sep 22, 2020

The Giver is a fantastic book to read for people that like to analyze a book for its message. I really recommend this book for young readers/adults. Quick summary, The Giver is about a society that’s black and white. In this world there’s no pain or feelings. It’s all set up in a perfect organized way. Marriage, children, jobs, and etc. is given to you based on statistics/details about you. Jonas the main character in this book is different throughout this story. At the age of 12 he soon awaits his life assignment/job. Although, Jonas is selected for something very special. He is chosen to work alongside the man called The Giver. Slowly, he learns the role of the giver and the responsibilities with it. As he learns the truth, Jonas breaks the rules to fight for his loved one with the knowledge he has. Honestly out of all the books I read this book really goes into depth with the concept of society. The author really goes describes this painless society. She uses our world as a comparison to this world. Her language and complexity in this novel is deep enough for you to get intrigued but simple for young readers to comprehend it.

SAPL_Teens Aug 14, 2020

It was really awesome. I loved how he broke up society and made everyone really remember. 5/5 stars - SAPL Teen Read It & Review Contributor

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kyang_91
Jul 15, 2020

kyang_91 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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blue_cat_21973
May 09, 2020

blue_cat_21973 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 12

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Zaynabbokhari
Nov 26, 2019

Zaynabbokhari thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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LUKE CHU
Aug 16, 2019

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anne1212li
Jul 04, 2019

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DhwanilPPatel
May 24, 2019

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ReadingNightOwl
Dec 18, 2018

"Precision of language!"

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DeeDeeBird
Oct 14, 2018

"Do you enjoy me?"

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parnoosh
Jul 15, 2016

"The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It's the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared."

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Makemoney
Jul 06, 2016

“The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It's the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.”

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CasadyGirl
Apr 21, 2016

"There could be love." Jonas from The Giver

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ashley_ahadjitse
Mar 12, 2016

“We gained control of many things. But we had to let go of others.”

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ashley_ahadjitse
Mar 12, 2016

“We gained control of many things. But we had to let go of others.”

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ashley_ahadjitse
Mar 12, 2016

“We gained control of many things. But we had to let go of others.”

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blue_dog_8329
Jan 25, 2016

" Bye-bye little guy"

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derekhl
Dec 12, 2015

"The world is filled with color, the color that we have on hands, on our body. Before, there was darkness, there was a wall blocking the path of those who wanted to cross it."

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gemmag12
Mar 08, 2019

The book “The Giver” is a really interesting book I believe everyone should read. It’s about this boy named Jonas how lives in a place where a lot of older people lived throughout the novel he start remembering all these memories from the past soon then he was given the job to be The Receiver and in which later is known as The Giver. Throughout the story it shows how he feels from being able to remember stuff from the past.

I would rate this is a 10/10 it is really interesting it shows a lot of emotional appeal and the author makes the reader think about because once you think about what the author is say your mind is just blow her writing is so phenomenal.

I would recommend this book to most 6-8 graders because it is a challenging book but very fun to interpret because it is more like a scientific mystery book fun to read but you have to understand what the book is about.

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rsagarin
Jun 12, 2017

Jonas lives in a community that revolves around the concept of "sameness". From a lack of opportunity to form his own opinions, Jonas has come to believe that this is the ideal way of life. When he is assigned the role of receiver at the Ceremony of Twelve, everything changes. He has access to memories of a time before sameness. He begins to question what really is ideal and distances himself from those around him to a point where he can no longer function in the community and believes he needs to find a far away place not often talked about known as elsewhere.

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cindyzhang1
Aug 30, 2016

Jonas struggles against the Sameness that everyone in his community adheres to.

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LandJ
Jun 04, 2016

This book is about a young boy named Jonas who lives in a society strictly controlled by the elders. Every one follows rules and nobody knows about their past. Eventually, kids will be given jobs were they will stick with for their whole life. Jonas is special and gets a job where he is given memories of the past.
-LandJ

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xzhang17
Aug 22, 2015

This novel takes place in a futuristic dystopian society that is characterized by Sameness. Although hunger and conflict are inexistent, so are emotions and freedom. When Jonas becomes the Receiver of Memory, the Giver (the previous Receiver of Memory) transmits memories of life prior to Sameness to him. As his experiences allow him to see all his friends and family are missing, Jonas becomes increasingly isolated when he is no longer satisfied with his life in the community.

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Cade2016
Jul 14, 2015

This book has a sad ending because he dies no matter what. How could they make 3 more books off of this series?

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Kulsum_0
Jul 03, 2015

This book is about a world where there is no color but when Jonas realizes something different by throwing a apple a new adventure begins.

janellejordan Jun 02, 2015

When Jonas takes a trip to the giver he finds out that there is much more to there world than everyone knows there is.

PImaLib_EvaO May 06, 2015

This is a story of a young man named Jonas who is selected for a special assignment, replacing the Receiver. The Receiver is the person in the community that holds all the memories of the past. He is called upon when the council needs his advise on what to do in certain situations. The story is of how Jonas reacts to receiving these memories.

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yiyiyaya99
Jul 31, 2014

Jonas lives in a perfect and controlled community where are there are no choices. Everybody is assigned a fitting role at the age of twelve. Jonas is singled out to become the next Receiver, and trains with the past Receiver, who is now the Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the world, and it is time for those memories to be passed on. Jonas is shocked upon receiving the truth about the world before him.

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Dragonrat703
Jul 03, 2017

Frightening or Intense Scenes: A baby is murdered by a needle injection and is then dumped down to an incinerator

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YewandeO
Nov 29, 2015

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Emotional, violent, or frightening memories.

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bafanabafana
Jul 29, 2014

Violence: lots

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bafanabafana
Jul 29, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: lots

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zunairaf
Jul 04, 2014

Violence: This title contains violence.

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mpbarua
Mar 29, 2014

Sexual Content: There is a scene where Jonas shares a dream he had about Fiona where he wanted to bathe her.

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mpbarua
Mar 29, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: There is a scene where Jonas' dad injects a baby with a poison.

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timbronitskiy
Jan 16, 2014

Other: Totally MaryBar74!! I'm with you!

MaryBar74 Aug 07, 2012

Other: Dark and frightening at times

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phuong_nguyen00
Jul 09, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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