The Giver by Lois Lowry
What it is About?
The Giver, the 1994 Newbery Medal winner, has become one of the most influential novels of our time. The haunting story centers on twelve-year-old Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community. This movie tie-in edition features cover art from the movie and exclusive Q&A with members of the cast, including Taylor Swift, Brenton Thwaites and Cameron Monaghan
First Chapter, First Paragraph
“IT WAS ALMOST December, and Jonas was beginning to be frightened. No. Wrong word, Jonas thought. Frightened meant that deep, sickening feeling of something terrible about to happen. Frightened was the way he had felt a year ago when an unidentified aircraft had overflown the community twice. He had seen it both times. Squinting toward the sky, he had seen the sleek jet, almost a blur at its high speed, go past, and a second later heard the blast of sound that followed. Then one more time, a moment later, from the opposite direction, the same plane.”
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Why You Should Check This Out…
The Giver was one of the first dystopian books I read as a kid. It had a huge effect on me.
What a book! I read it with my students for years…great discussions. Lois Lowry is so impressive.
One of my favorites that has stuck with me from childhood. Hoping that people see some of these great first paragraphs and are reminded about these books and pick them up again.