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Feb. 20, 2010 at 8:05 pm

The book of the month for February is The Giver by Lois Lowry. The Giver won the 1994 Newbery Medal and has sold more than 5.3 million copies.



The book is set in a futuristic utopian society where we follow a 12 year old boy named Jonas. We learn that the society has become "utopian" by eliminating pain through a plan they call "sameness" but this plan has also elimitaed all emotional depth from their lives.



This book is on many middle school reading lists so many of you may have already read it. If this is the case we can dive right into discussing it.



Here is your first challenge from me: There is an plot error in the book. Can you find what it is?



Hint: Pay special attention to the society "sameness" rules, one character is not following a rule although it is never pointed out!



Let's hear your thoughts on The Giver by Lois Lowry.

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sunnyhunny replied...
Feb. 21, 2010 at 9:01 pm

I LOVE this book. I admire Lois Lowry so much. I don't know where she comes up with the topics she does. They are incredibly original and ingenious. I like how while everyone only goes as far as portraying the future as high-tech, she went further. I'll have to take a further look at the challenges. I have one question for everyone. How do you interpert the ending?

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Aidan_Hershberger replied...
Feb. 22, 2010 at 5:39 am

My teacher asked me too interpret the ending to the class. The bright lights that he sees are christmas lights, and the music, carols. He's finally made it to where he was headed. That's how I interpreted it.

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sunnyhunny replied...
Feb. 23, 2010 at 10:39 am

Yeah I guess that I just didn't know what to think about the sled and everything. It just seemed too perfect and set up. I initially thought that he had died and that the ending was metphorical, but I don't think so anymore. I hear that there is another book that helps the ending to make more sense.

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TabbyIsland replied...
Feb. 24, 2010 at 8:16 pm

I honestly wasn't the biggest fan of the Giver. I mean the story idea was so different and brilliant, but I guess it was just a little too out there for my taste

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magic-esi replied...
Feb. 27, 2010 at 8:03 am

The Giver is an AWESOME book. It was really sad but I loved it.

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bookworm95 replied...
Mar. 4, 2010 at 12:10 pm

I read the Giver a while back and I really liked it. I don't remember everything about it but I remember thinking "Wow this book is really good". She's a great author and I think I want to read the book over:).

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rheana0795 replied...
Mar. 4, 2010 at 3:17 pm

I really enjoyed this book, I first read with one one of my English classes, I was amazed at how creative the plot was! My favorite character was Lily. She was just so different from the rest of the characters. I really love how the ending means different thing to different people. This book is absolutley on my list of recommendations!

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babyraye replied...
Mar. 12, 2010 at 1:05 pm

The Giver is an amazing book. Anyone that can read that and not re-evaluate their whole life is not getting the full impact of the story! That being said, Lois Lowry lost a ton of browniepoints with me when she tried to create companion books, like Gathering Blue. Ick factor! =/. The stories don't even compare to the depth and beauty of the Giver, which makes me feel like it may have been a hit-0r-miss thing... so i still love the book, but have grown to doubt the author, which makes me sad. <3.

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theblazingstar101 replied...
Mar. 24, 2010 at 2:21 pm

There is a sequal...actually two for The Giver. One is Gathering Blue, and the other is The Messenger (although Gathering Blue is more of a side-story).

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mrsabbyjonas13 replied...
Jun. 27, 2010 at 6:47 pm

In my opinion, The Giver was outstanding. I like Lois Lowry in general, but this is, hands down, my favorite of her work. I love the mystery behind everything that happens. I love the fact that the book doesn't take place in a particular time period--at least not one that we know of. I think you need to get a ways into the book before liking it, but once you do, the story is great! The only fault I thought this book had was the ending. I almost cried because it was so open-ended!

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Alisan K. replied...
Jul. 10, 2010 at 3:20 pm

GREAT BOOK!!!! loved the mysterious ending. It can lead you to believe he had a happy ending or even a sad one.

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GodsDancer replied...
Dec. 23, 2010 at 8:02 pm

The Giver definately wasn't one of my favorites. I probably would have been all over it, but it was a school assignment so, naturally, the teacher had to ruin the book by interpreting every tiny detail in it. We probably attempted to understand connection Lois Lowry just meant to be for humor.

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writingrocksThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Jan. 1, 2011 at 8:35 am

The Giver is an outstanding book within and outside of the classroom. Lois Lowry has presented such controversial morals and topics in a community where things are different from our own world. I applaud Lois Lowry for writing this amazing book. All teenagers should read this book, and understand that they have what they need, and that there are people in the world who don't have the necessary things to survive, and want to give to them after reading The Giver. There should be more books like The Giver. 

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htrae22 replied...
Jan. 15, 2011 at 12:42 pm

i loved the Giver

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KristyLynn_TM replied...
Feb. 6, 2011 at 7:47 pm

Currently my class is reading 1984 which is an anti-utopian novel which reminds me a lot of The Giver. 

 

As to what the focus would be on... I'll reread it and try to figure it out, but as of right now, no one sticks out besides the last receiver. 

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Osvaldo_CThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Mar. 1, 2011 at 3:04 pm

This was a good book. And it is true..... no such thing as perfection.

 

I remember writing a song based on this book for my sister a few days ago. It was a class project for her that she had to sing a song based on the book. She liked the song.The annoying part is that she still doesn't treat me with respect; she never does for no good reason; yet I still try to get her respect. I even wrote a haiku about her, how she really is in real life, and she liked it.

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Lalii replied...
Mar. 11, 2011 at 5:00 pm

Okay, let me just say that I totally LOVE this book.

First of all, this book is given in my current school in 12th grade, but i read it in 8th grade.

Everything in this story, from the beggining 'till the end is incredibly amazing. Its meanning to the real world is a stunning discovery to make. Completely love it, and recommend it to everyone!

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Mroper38 replied...
Aug. 20, 2011 at 10:12 am

I LOVE THIS BOOK. MYSTERY around every corner>>

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Basile replied...
Dec. 24, 2011 at 1:15 pm

This book is brilliant and one of my favorites :) It was the first book to make me cry over a character, and one of the first to make me contemplate goodness in society. I can't recommend it more

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