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Imagine a world where everyone has the same experience. Free of emotions, colors, and lies, the society in, “The Giver” is one of perfect structure and order. However, even in a society free of these things, the leaders are aware that it is important to keep a history of it all. “The Giver” is a thrilling story that follows the life of the boy who is chosen to be the new keeper of all history and given the ability to see reality from a new perspective. What would it be like to be the only person to see color? To feel emotion? To know the truth about the past? Read “The Giver”, and find out. It is an excellent allegory for our times.

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Lois Lowry's "The Giver" is the quintessential dystopian novel, followed by its remarkable companions, "Gathering Blue," "Messenge"r, and "Son."
Jonas's world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear of pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the community. When Jonas turns 12 he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.

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"A powerful and provacative novel.”
-- The New York Times

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Product Details
ISBN: 9780440237686
ISBN-10: 0440237688
Publisher: Laurel Leaf Library
Publication Date: September 10th, 2002
Pages: 192
Language: English
Series: Readers Circle (Laurel-Leaf)

The Giver (Mass Market Paperbound)