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The Giver

by Lois Lowry

Published by Houghton Mifflin, 1993
180 pages
ISBN: 0-395-64566-2

Ages 10 - 14

In Jonas' world, there is no pain, no conflict, no poverty or injustice. Everything, including the work you will do for the rest of your life, is carefully planned out and controlled. On his twelfth birthday, Jonas, along with all the other twelve-year-olds, is assigned his life role in the community by the Elders: apprentice to the Giver. It's not what he expected. He's never even heard of the Giver, but as he learns under this mysterious man who keeps the history, he begins to receive memories of another place and time, and his perceptions of his perfect world start to radically alter. This gripping tale, set in a not-so-distant-future time, raises provocative issues for discussion and has a dramatic ending that will leave readers clamoring to offer their own interpretations of events.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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