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Author: Lois Lowry
Reading level: Young Adult
Mass Market Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Laurel Leaf; Later printing edition (September 10, 2002)
Jonas's world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the Community. When Jonas turns twelve, 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. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.
“The Giver” is a profound read that has captured the hearts of many since its first release in 1993. Unfortunately for “The Giver” it has also been one of the most controversial and banned books throughout the years. “The Giver” has been banned by many schools and other institutions because of some of its themes such as euthanasia, infanticide, suicide, and also some of the violent and sexual passages that many thought were inappropriate for young minds. I disagree with the banning of this book because it is one of the more inspiring intellectual reads out there. I believe that many, young people especially, could learn and benefit from the themes that are taught in this book.
Lois Lowry uses the premise of a utopian society to introduce to its readers the lifestyle and cultural differences that could be faced, while still having a subtle undercurrent of deception. This Let the reader know that something was seriously wrong in this seemingly wonderful lifestyle. I really loved learning about this secretive world and discovering along with Jonas that not everything is as it seems and that some rules were meant to be broken. “The Giver” by Lois Lowry is a though provoking and delightful read for readers of all ages and personalities.
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This is one that is on my shelf and I have been wanting to read for so long! Thanks for the great review of this Banned Book!ReplyDelete
I love this book, and I have recommended it to many of my friends. While I agree some of the content is intense, I do not believe it should be banned. All readers are different, and this book could spark discussions that are important.ReplyDelete
Thanks for some insight into this banned book. I'll have to check it out.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the review! This has been on my shelf as well. I'll have to bump it up on the list and experience it myself.ReplyDelete