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The Giver by Lois Lowry

Book Summary

Jonas lives in a neatly predictable world.  Citizens start their community service time when they are eight, get bicycles at nine, and are eventually assigned roles in society according to their aptitudes. When he receives his unusual assignment, he begins to challenge assumptions and policies that have shaped his life.  Can he survive the pain of truths he never wanted to learn? 

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The Giver

Book Review

 The vocabulary in this book is deceptively simple, even when it describes disturbing practices in calm, measured words. An advanced third grader could understand this text, but discretion is advised for the maturity of the content.

Class Structure Recommendation: Small Group Book Club, or Independent Reading

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We relinquished color when we relinquished sunshine and did away with differences . . . We gained control of many things.  But we had to
let go of others." 
p. 95

Topics and Themes for this book:

  • Poverty, Class Systems, Equity
  • Human Rights
  • Dystopian Societies
  • Safety vs. Risk
  • Growing Up; Rites of Passage
  • Challenging Authority
  • The Greater Good

Discussion Questions for this book:

The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.

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