Title: The Giver
Author: Lois Lowry
Genre: Young Adult | Science Fiction | Fantasy | Dystopia
Publication Date: 1993
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It was almost December, and Jonas was beginning to be frightened.
Thus opens this haunting novel in which a boy inhabits a seemingly ideal world: a world without conflict, poverty, unemployment, divorce, injustice, or inequality. It is a time in which family values are paramount, teenage rebellion is unheard of, and even good manners are a way of life.
December is the time of the annual Ceremony at which each twelve year old receives a life assignment determined by the Elders. Jonas watches his friend Fiona named Caretaker of the Old and his cheerful pal Asher labeled the Assistant Director of Recreation. But Jonas has been chosen for something special. When his selection leads him to an unnamed man -the man called only the Giver -he begins to sense the dark secrets that underlie the fragile perfection of his world.
Told with deceptive simplicity, this is the provocative story of a boy who experiences something incredible and undertakes something impossible. In the telling it questions every value we have taken for granted and reexamines our most deeply held beliefs. (description from Lois Lowry’s website)
Why I want to Read It:
After all the hoopla surrounding the movie and doing some research about novel, it’s more of a morbid curiosity to find out why folks are up in arms about it and why others sing its praise.
Why banned or challenged?
According to the ALA, The Giver is one of the 25 most banned or challenged books of the last decade. It is most commonly challenged on the grounds that it’s unsuited for age group, violence, religious viewpoint, suicide, drugs, brainwashing, lewdness, and euthanasia. These are tough topics, but they are topics that need to be brought up and talked about. I’m sure I’ll say this over and over again here, but these topics are a real part of our young-adult children’s lives and we, adults, need to have these conversations with our youth. What better way to begin a conversation than by discussing a book?