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Publisher's Note:

Jonas's world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear of pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the community. Jonas lives in a seemingly ideal world. When Jonas turns 12 he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver does Jonas begin to understand the dark secrets behind this fragile community. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.…

The Giver

by Lois Lowry

Overall Book Review:

A very simple read yet with a thought-provoking twist is exactly what Lois Lowry’s book The Giver offers to the reader. Care, trust, unity and happiness dwell in the dystopian town that Jonas lives in. The characters thrive in exactness and everything seems perfect, but is it too perfect? Jonas and the reader become united in understanding as the “giver” unveils the horrible truths within the city and its’ people. Sufficient description is given to catch the attention of the reader yet leaves enough to the imagination to bring the events and characters to life. Sure to leave one pondering about implications in the book, The Giver is a story full of depth, wisdom and strong characters.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Delacorte Books

Content Analysis:

This book contains no profanities.

The violence includes a smacking of a three year old for an offense. Warfare, starvation and killing animals are shown to a character through memories in the story. The moderate instance of violence is a disturbing way of killing an infant through injection of fluids.

Sexual content is very minimal in that a character feels “stirrings,” a mention of a dream, and his body “wanting” something. The Giver mentions the dependance the elderly have on the younger people, needing their help to bathe.

Mature Subject Matter:

This is a very profound read which introduces the reader to situations in the world including warfare, pain, responsibilities and coming-of-age dilemmas which gives it a mild mature theme.

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