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The Giver (illustrated; gift edition) [Hardcover]

Lois Lowry
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Oct. 25 2011

A Newbery Medal–winning classic is reinvented in a gift edition format with illustrations from the acclaimed artist Bagram Ibatoulline.

Since winning the Newbery Medal in 1994, Lois Lowry’s The Giver has become one of the most influential novels of our time. This illustrated edition, a celebration of the book’s standard of excellence and of Lowry’s illustrious writing, makes a perfect gift. The text is complemented by thirteen new illustrations from the acclaimed artist Bagram Ibatoulline. Also included are an introduction by the author and her inspiring Newbery Medal acceptance speech. The additional content and gift packaging now make it easier than ever to introduce young readers to this riveting modern classic, and provide a fresh edition for its legions of fans.
   The story centers on twelve-year-old Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal world. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver does he begin to understand the dark secrets behind his fragile community.
   The Giver is the first in a quartet of books that includes Gathering Blue, Messenger, and Son.

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“A powerful and provocative novel”—The New York Times

“Wrought with admirable skill -- the emptiness and menace underlying this Utopia emerge step by inexorable step: a richly provocative novel.”—Kirkus, starred review

“Lowry is once again in top form raising many questions while answering few, and unwinding a tale fit for the most adventurous readers.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

“The simplicity and directness of Lowry's writing force readers to grapple with their own thoughts.”— Booklist, starred review

“The theme of balancing the values of freedom and security is beautifully presented.”— The Horn Book Magazine, starred review

About the Author

Lois Lowry is the author of more than thirty books for young adults, including the popular Anastasia Krupnik series. She has received countless honors, among them the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award, the California Young Reader’s Medal, and the Mark Twain Award. She received Newbery Medals for two of her novels, NUMBER THE STARS and THE GIVER. Her first novel, A SUMMER TO DIE, was awarded the International Reading Association’s Children’s Book Award. Ms. Lowry now divides her time between Cambridge and an 1840s farmhouse in Maine. To learn more about Lois Lowry, see her website at

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Giver Feb. 18 2014
By Mia
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It was an amazing book about love and differences. It is so descriptive an warming to the heart. I would recommend this book to any age rating. I think this book should become a movie.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Being generous with 4 stars Aug. 2 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Review after reading full series:

I enjoyed the basic story but it left many questions that I foolishly thought might be answered in the following book (it IS supposed to be a series, right??). Unfortunately, I have more questions now. If I could go back a week and give myself advice, it would be "Read The Giver but don't bother with the next two, and do not expect any answers to your questions". It's a quick read - I did it in 5 hours, so it is a good "rainy Sunday, nothing on TV" book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining and thought provoking Sept. 27 2013
By Rose - Published on
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My daughter who is a junior high student was reading this book with her class and suggested that I read it. I love to read and I was curious about the book that had my daughter's attention. The movie Jonas's world was introduced I wanted to know more. This is a great story to make you awaken your senses. I love the ending!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written Sept. 27 2013
By Adam Starks - Published on
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Lois Lowry expresses the awakening of a boy who discovers the beauty and burdens of human choices. I appreciated the ease of the read and couldn't put the book down. Lowry is a very talented author, and the book flowed seemingly without effort.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to the wonderfully terrifying world of sameness... March 15 2012
By G. Torres - Published on
This story presents a world that is so wonderful it's terrifying. The book is well-written, short, easy to read and understand, but, in my opinion, that does not make it a kid's book. I think children lack the past-present-future perspective necessary to successfully experience this story. Even adults can get lost in its depth and miss the true meaning of the circumstances and choices made by the characters and the consequences of these choices. In any case, if you enjoy dystopian fiction, you should not miss this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars not the same as when I was younger April 17 2014
By wildabeast - Published on
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So this is one of the books I re read as an adult and I have to say it didn't have the same feeling the second time. I wish I hadn't read it again and ruined the memory. :(
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2.0 out of 5 stars the giver Feb. 13 2014
By kathy - Published on
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this book is a story of a comunity of people making the decision to have a seemingly utopia. where there is no pain no gain and no decisions ever. i could'nt help but think this must be what obama's administration would like have in america. with income equal total dependence on your governing people. it is something to think about but i did'nt realy care for the book even though it is well writen for a fantasy.
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