"The Giver" by Lois Lowry

"The Giver" by Lois Lowry
"The Giver" by Lois Lowry | Source

When I taught eighth grade Language Arts at an inner city middle school, one of the most interesting novels I taught was The Giver by Lois Lowry. Before The Hunger Games, before Twilight, came the first original dystopian novel written by Lois Lowry and that was The Giver published in 1993. It is the story of a society and community in the future that at first looks uptopian but by the end of the story the reader realizes it really is a dystopian society.

This society and community has eliminated pain, strife and stress from their lives and in its place has instituted "Sameness" which is a plan to remove emotional depth from their lives.

Who wouldn't want pain, strife and stress eliminated from their lives? But the main character of the book, Jonas, comes to discover that by eliminating these horrible feelings from their lives, there is quite a price to pay.

And Lowry asks our children to contemplate what our lives will be like in the future with drones, yes, Lowry has them in her novel, family units, assigned jobs for life, controlled climate, and seeing the world, literally, only in black and white. (Everyone but those with 'pale eyes' are color blind).

This novel asks children to take a fresh look at authority, rules, regulations and questioning that authority. It is a novel to help students to think critically about themselves and their communities and exactly what type of lives they want to live.

Because it is a novel to challenge students to think critically and to question authority, it has become one of the most challenged books to be removed from school libraries and middle school curriculum's according to the American Library Association.

It think it is a vital book to be taught to middle school children and I am proud to have taught it to my eighth graders. It is quite a popular book and has sold 5.3 million copies since 1993 and it won the 1993 Newbery Medal, the highest American children''s book award to win.

The Giver quartet written by Lois Lowry.
The Giver quartet written by Lois Lowry. | Source
Lois Lowry and her latest novel, "Son." (2012)
Lois Lowry and her latest novel, "Son." (2012) | Source

Lois Lowry 1935 -

Lois Lowry is the author of more than thirty children's books and an autobiography, Looking Back 1998. She is best-known for her Giver quartet, four books which include The Giver and three other books that are prequels and a sequel to The Giver:

  • The Giver 1993
  • Gathering Blue 2000
  • Messenger 2004
  • Son 2012

All four books are written for the middle school level and I have read the first three books. I have not yet read Son. All four of the books were written by Lowry to question authority and to question the type of life young people want in the future.

In all the books Lowry has written, she explores difficult and complex subject matters for children. She has tackled such subject matters as racism, terminal illness, life in the future, and the Holocaust.

Lowry's father was a career Army military dentist so Lowry grew up living all over the world and the United States. She married Donald Grey Lowry. a U.S. Navy officer, in 1956. They have four children together. Today, they are divorced and their oldest son, a fighter jet pilot, was killed in a jet crash in 1995.

The family moved to Portland, Maine when Lowry's husband left the army and Harvard Law School and settled there. At this time, Lowry attended the University of So. Maine and graduated with a BA in English literature. She then pursued graduate studies at the same university.

She began working professionally as a journalist for Redbook magazine writing her own articles and taking her own photographs for the magazine. She had taken some photography courses in her graduate studies. She eventually became a freelance writer and photographer in Portland, Maine.

She began her novel writing career in 1977 with the publication of her first novel, A Summer to
Die. She has been writing children's literature and high school level novels ever since 1977.

She has received the following awards for her novels:

  • Newbery Medal 1989 for Number of Stars
  • Newbery Medal 1993 for The Giver
  • Margaret Edwards Award 2007 for her writing for teens
  • Finalist in 2000 and 2004 for the international Hans Christian Andersen Award the highest recognition to creator's of children's books.
  • Rhode Island Children's Book Award 2002 for Gooney Bird Greene.

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The Giver training Jonas to receive the memories of the entire community.
The Giver training Jonas to receive the memories of the entire community. | Source
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Lois Lowry explains her novel

"The Giver" the novel

The novel is written around the main character, Jonas, a boy who has recently turned twelve years old, and his apprehension of the Ceremony of the Twelve in which all the children twelve years old will be receiving their adult jobs for life.

Jonas is apprehensive because he and the other children turning twelve had taken tests and been observed and evaluated for their strongest skills and they will find out at the ceremony their 'job.' Some will get the job of fish hatcher, agricultural grower, sanitation engineer, birthmothers and etc.

The community Jonas has grown up in is a peaceful and harmonious community but at the same time it is a rigidly controlled and structured society. All the people in the community have gone to "Sameness" and have given up their prior memories of pain and strife over the past generations and all those memories have been given to one person, The Giver.

People live in family units which are not biological families but families constructed by the Board of Elders. Husbands and wives are matched by 'the elders' according to their personalities that balance each other out.

Each family unit is permitted two children, but the parents do not conceive their own children. All children are born to 'birthmothers' and children are taken from the breeders and assigned to a couple This forms the 'perfect' family units not biological family units.

In turn, each family unit raises the children in a stable and harmonious family. After the children are given their adult job roles, the family is then dissolved and 'the parents' proceed to the housing facility for 'childless adults.'

Children eventually forget their 'parents' as they pass through adolescence and young adulthood.

How is the community able to achieve this? They do this by dispensing pills which suppress certain emotional, mostly sexual desires or what the community calls 'the Stirrings.'

If any person in the community breaks the rules three times or an 'inadequate' baby is born or an elderly person becomes 'well-aged' then that person is "released."

The community is under the understanding that these people are "released" to a different community when in fact they are euthanized. The released are injected with a fatal poison and then deposited down the garbage shoot into a dumpster.

Now, back to Jonas as he attends his Ceremony of the Twelve to learn his fate within this community. Jonas, much to his apprehensive delight, is chosen to be "the Receiver of the Memories." This is a special and honored role that he learns he has earned because of his intelligence, sensitivity and pale blue eyes, which are quite rare in this community. Jonas also experiences a rarity in that he sees the world in color, while the rest of the community people are color blind and only see the world in black and white.

Jonas is to 'receive' all the memories the community has given up from 'the Giver' and elderly grandfather figure who holds all the memories of the community's past before "Sameness" took effect.

The Board of Elders have deemed that one person must hold all the past memories in case they are ever needed to aid in a decision the elders must make. Jonas is to be taught and educated in his new role by 'the Giver', the previous 'receiver of the memories.'

In being educated in his new role, Jonas learns he and 'the Giver' are able to break some important rules of the community and their society. They are able to turn off the speaker that listens to the people's conversations in their homes. They are permitted to lie to the people in the community as the rest of the people are not permitted to lie.

Jonas, through his training, discovers the power of knowledge as he receives the memories from 'the Giver.' He receives pleasant memories such as playing in the snow. (The community has climate control and therefore, never has snow), building snow men, having snowball fights, and snow sledding.

He also receives physical and emotional pain when he experiences war, death, and PTSD, but at the same time he receives love, happiness and joy from other experiences.

Jonas learns the people of his community are only happy because they don't know anything different or better. However, the knowledge of what the community is missing could cause chaos in the community.

Now, Jonas faces a dilemma. Should he stay with the community and the safe, consistent and shallow life or should he run away in pursuit of a life full of color, love, choices and knowledge?

I taught this book at an inner city middle school, and while I believe students should be taught 'the classics' I also believe they need to read contemporary literature that they are interested in. This is one book that engages middle school students to read and to discuss these questions the novel produces.

Lowry was inspired to write this novel after visiting her aging father who had lost his long term memory. She realized through her father that without memory there is no pain, physical or emotional, to experience.

She realized one cannot be bothered by regret or grief if one cannot remember the events that cause it.

Through Jonas in this novel, students begin to understand just as Jonas does their unique abilities, dreams and desires. This novel can also be read as an allegory for the maturation process as adolescents grow up and away from their parents and become their own individuals.

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Actor Jeff Bridges who will play 'the Giver.'
Actor Jeff Bridges who will play 'the Giver.' | Source
Australian actor, Brenton Thwaites plays Jonas in the film, "The Giver."
Australian actor, Brenton Thwaites plays Jonas in the film, "The Giver." | Source

"The Giver" the film 2014

It has taken eighteen years but the novel, The Giver, is finally being adapted to film which is projected to be released in August 15, 2014. Actor Jeff Bridges, who will play 'the Giver' has worked hard to get this novel to film and he has finally achieved it.

I cannot wait to see this film as I think Jeff Bridges will make a great 'Giver' in bringing this character to life. Australian actor, Benton Thwaites plays Jonas. Katie Holmes will play his mother and Alexander Skarsgard will play Jonas' father.

Meryl Streep will play the Chief Elder which I think is brilliant casting. Odeya Rush will play Fiona, Jonas' love interest in this story and Taylor Swift will play Rosemary, a small and supporting but important role in the story.

I don't want to discuss the plot of the story because the film is coming out eventually and I don't want to ruin it by giving away too much. There is much moral and physical conflict in this delightful and disturbing story and anyone interested in this story and film has time to read the book first. It will be interesting to see if there are many changes to the story from the novel to the film version.

I also recommend reading the prequels and sequel that Lowry has written. The two prequels are interesting and tell about life before the 'perfect community' that Jonas and his friends now live in. The prequels also take place in the future but depict a more primitive time for this community, but the reader learns how the community came to be what it is in Jonas' generation.

What would each one of us do without our memories?


Update, August 12, 2014: I viewed the film, The Giver, last night at a nearby movie theater. DO NOT MISS THIS MOVIE! This is the first time in my life I have ever seen a movie that was as good as or better than the book. In adapting this book into film certain incidents in the book were changed, but the changes were to make the film more palatable to viewers.

The cast was superb! The three young people who played Jonas, Fiona, and Asher were spot on. I cannot think of better actors to play these three pivotal characters. They do play characters older than twelve which is their age in the novel.

What can I say about Meryl? I don't even have to say her last name and you know who I mean, because she is a legend in her own time. She plays the Chief Elder, the villain of the story, and she plays it with gusto. Her part was enlarged for the film and the situations she played in are not all in the novel, but these parts were certainly in keeping with the novel. She believes the opposite of the Giver and that when given choice, people will always make the wrong choice, so choices must be made for the people of the community by the Elders.

Taylor Swift's performance, as Rosemary, was so brief but so important to the story. She played it with great grace and she and the Giver playing the piano is such a precious scene in the movie. The pain the Giver feels is written all over his face, because Rosemary was the previous Receiver of the Memories and the true daughter of the Giver, who took her life because taking the memories was too painful for her.

What is interesting in the movie is there is a hint that Rosemary might have been the the daughter of the Giver and the Chief Elder together.

Then there is Jeff Bridges who worked hard for eighteen years to get this dystopian novel to film. He IS the Giver. Jeff Bridges disappears into this role and becomes the Giver. The pain and happiness he holds as the Receiver of the Memories is palpable to each one in the audience. He becomes the Giver as he passes the community's memories on to Jonas. No one else could have played this role than Bridges and been convincing in it.

Katie Holmes and Alexander Skaarsgarde are perfect as Jonas' parents who are flummoxed and stunned when they find out Jonas is rebelling against the Elders and the community.

And who and where they cast the baby Gabe from is a wonder. The baby playing Gabe is unbelievable and a real trooper and so beautiful. This baby, Gabe, and Jonas bonded believably and the audience feels the deep connection.

One change from the novel to the movie is Jonas, who in the book has pale blue eyes, does not in the movie. Jonas' eyes are brown. In the book, it is hinted that Jonas and Gabe are true brothers and that those with pale blue eyes will always be chosen as the Receiver of the Memories, so that Gabe's destiny is already decided. I am surprised that the character of Jonas did not wear blue contacts so as to make his eyes blue. That is one of the few differences in the film not following the novel.

I was so engaged in the film that I couldn't believe when the two hours were over. I was so engrossed in the film, it seemed like the film had only started a half hour ago. Therefore, I highly recommend this film and students reading and studying this novel will love to see the film. YOU MUST SEE THIS FILM!

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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

Oddly I have never read this. Thank you for the reminder. I'll order it now and make up for that oversight.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Bill: It is for middle school students; however, it is one of the best novels and literature written for that age group, I think. I can't wait to see the movie. The cast is stellar and I hope they stick to the book. It raises great questions for kids that age. It will be a quick read for you.


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

I can see why it was removed and isn't that just horrible, guess it proves our government wants no free thinkers. I will be right there to watch that movie when it is released. Thanks for bringing it all to my attention suzette!


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Denise Handlon 2 years ago from North Carolina

Once again, Suzette, you have written a thorough and intriguing review-this time about a contemporary novel. I was so interested in the source of the author's inspiration, and that was answered at the end of your hub.

Well written and informative. UP/U/I/A and sharing. I can hardly wait for me and my granddaughter to read it and discuss the story together!


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To Start Again 2 years ago

I read this in seventh grade and I absolutely loved it! It's definitely one I will never forget and I am so excited to hear there is a movie coming out! Can't wait until my little reader is old enough to really enjoy this book :)


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

How fascinating. I want to read all of the books and watch the movie when it is released. I will share the books with my son, who is an avid reader and who I hope will encourage his children one day to read them as well. It is through our very trials and tribulations in life that we learn much and strengthen our character. I could not imagine a world of "Sameness"!!!

Thank you for this great hub about a great writer, Lowry.

Up and more and sharing

Blessings, Faith Reaper


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Jackie: Thanks so much for reading this. Yes, unfortunately, anything that suggests questioning authority is always challenged. I am so glad they are finally making a movie of this novel. I can't wait to see it. Lowry really had insight to the future and the heat seeking planes at the end of the novel are just like our drones are today. Scary stuff! So glad you enjoyed reading this, Jackie and I think you would enjoy the novel. It will be a quick read for you!


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Denise: I'll bet your grandchildren will be reading this soon. At least I hope so; I hope it isn't banned at their school. It is quite an enlightening book and it is a quick read for an adult. I think it is great that you would discuss it with your granddaughter. I think it brings up a lot of good questions for discussion. Thanks for your interest and I think the movie will be good too.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

To Start Again: I am so glad you enjoyed reading this and you enjoyed the book when you read it. I can't wait to see the movie either - I think it will be a good one, considering Jeff Bridges is behind getting this to film. Yes, when you little one is old enough to enjoy it it will also lend itself to some great discussions. Thanks so much for you input. I appreciate your visit.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Faith: Thanks so much for reading this and I am glad you enjoyed it. Your grandchildren also will enjoy these books someday. For adults, these books are a quick read and they are so very interesting. I am not a great science fiction buff, but these books are written in the vein of "Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, who is the only sci-fi writer I ever really liked. This is such a tender book for middle school years and Lowry, I think, is the best children's and teenage writer out there. Any of her books are good ones. Thanks so much for your input, Faith, and for reading this. Most appreciated.


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ocfireflies 2 years ago from North Carolina

Suzette,

As usual, you present a hub so professionally. I, too taught The Giver many times. It was always a big hit with the kids. I did not know that the book is finally going to be adapted to film. How interesting that it took so long when Twilight and Hunger Games seem to be adapted so quickly. Have missed you and hope you have missed me. While currently not able to return to HP on a consistent basis, hopefully that will change in a few weeks.

Many Blessings,

Kim


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Ashok Rao 2 years ago from Mumbai, India

I found it very interesting. I think the way you put it makes it more interesting. Surprisingly, I had never heard about it and I want to read it now. I have already recommended The Book Thief to my students. I think they gonna enjoy this too. Thanks!


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Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

Wow interesting and so well presented Suzette. Here's to voting up and wishing you a great day. Keep them coming my friend and love from Wales.

Eddy.


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tirelesstraveler 2 years ago from California

My eldest read The Giver. The reading list changed 5 years later when his younger brother entered middle school. My eldest began school in 1988, the middle in 1993, and the last in 1998. The education they received was so incredibly different. Excellent books to add to my childrens book review. Excellent hub.


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Ericdierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

A book that is banned is my best friend. I shall read them and share. You do great service to all who think.

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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

Hi Suzette, I have never heard of ths book or series. This was a very good review of the book and it's author. It is the type of story I enjoy reading, even if it s aimed at a younger audience, and I need to look for it. Also the movie should be good. I love Jeff Bridges as an actor, and if he has pushed to get this movie made, i'm sure he will be wonderful in the role of 'The Giver'.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Hi Kim; So good to hear from you. My presence on HP lately has been spotty also - this is a busy time for me too. So glad to hear you taught this novel also. It was always a hit with my students and I wonder sometimes why it takes so long for some novels to become movies and others right away. Thanks to Jeff Bridges for being so persistent in trying to get this novel to film. I think he will be a great Giver. The rest of the cast sounds good too. Thanks for the visit and for your comments as always! Most appreciated.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Ashok: So good to hear from you. This is another really good novel I recommend for your students. I am so pleased you have recommended 'The Book Thief' to them. I hope they read and enjoy both of these books. I would also show the movies to them and discuss how the book and movie differ and why this happens. Thanks so much for stopping by to read and comment. Most appreciated. My presence is a bit spotty now as I am going through a very busy time in my life, but thanks for always checking out my hubs.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Oh Eddy, thank you so much for always stopping by to read my hubs. I so appreciate hearing your response. You have a wonderful day also, and take care!


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

tirelesstraveler: Isn't it amazing how education here in the U.S. changes in just a few years? U.S. education can be so trendy. If your other sons didn't get the opportunity to read this in school, reading it on their own would be interesting for them. Thanks so much for stopping by to check this out and I appreciate your comments.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Eric: LOL! Yes, just tell a student a book is banned and they will read it too. Thanks for stopping by to read and I enjoy your comments.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Jodah: Thanks so much for stopping by to read this and I appreciate your comments. Yes, I recommend this book for both middle school students and for adults for that matter. It is a quick read for adults since it is on a middle school level. The boy playing Jonas in the movie is from Australia, too, so I imagine the movie will be popular in your country also. Good to hear from you!


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

When I read the introduction to this excellent review, I immediately thought of those famous words in a song: “Every form of refuge has its price.” How very true. To be assigned a job for life at the age of twelve in a world of “sameness” is disconcerting, and we immediately question the methods by which this utopian world has been achieved.

I’m curious like to read this middle school book because it sounds interesting for all the reasons you have mentioned, and since it has been “challenged” due to a rationale that seems to border baseless fear and inferred censorship. I’ll look forward to the film. Excellent hub, Suzette.


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midget38 2 years ago from Singapore

I've always had a fondness for dystopian novels and this is one of them. Thanks for sharing, Suzette!


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Genna: You will like this book. It is a quick read because it is written on a middle school level, but the story I think is interesting to both children and adults. It is the first of the dystopic novels I can remember and I consider Lowry the pioneer in writing of dystopic societies. She is so interesting and has written many interesting books for young people. Her topics for her novels require critical thinking on the part of students and that is why I love her novels so much. I am glad they are finally making a film of her novel. It is unusual and perhaps that is why it has taken so long to get to film. Thanks so much for your visit and your insightful comments.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

midget: Thanks so much for your visit and your comments. I think you would like this book a lot. Thanks for visiting.


anndango 2 years ago

One of my favourites! I was lucky to hear Louis Lowry speak at a conference. Wonderful talk. She also took the photo of the bearded man on the front cover of the book. Talented person. It will be interesting to see how the book is adapted for the movie.


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DreamerMeg 2 years ago from Northern Ireland

Never heard of this book before. It sounds like an important one to add to my list for reading after completing my studies.


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

Thanks Suzette, this is just my type of reading! and now I can't wait for the film. I have read a book similar to this recently, it was the called the Midnight Charter, same sort of thing, walled in city, told what to do, no money, but bartering, and everybody watching each other. no feelings etc, so this is definitely on my book list now! thanks! great review!


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LupitaRonquillo 2 years ago from Colorado

One of the best books I've read! Lowry wrote a very thought provoking book with The Giver, look forward to reading more... and thank you for writing a very interesting in depth look at the author!


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

anndango: How interesting to hear Lois Lowry speak. I would love to hear her in person. I agree, she is very talented and it shines through in all her books she has written. I am looking forward to the movie too and I am also interested to see how it is adapted to film also. Thanks for much for reading this and your insightful comments.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

DreamerMeg: Do read this book as I think you will enjoy it. What are your studying? I wish you the best in your studies!


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Nell: I am so glad you enjoyed this hub and I could suggest a good book for all to read. I hope you do read this because I know you will enjoy it. It is not a long or difficult read - in fact, it will be a quick read for you. Thanks so much for your insightful comments and I will check out the book 'Midnight Charter.' Sounds interesting to me. Thanks for the share.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Lupita: So glad you enjoyed reading the book as I did as well as teaching it. It is quite good, I think also. Thanks for your visit and your insightful comments. Most appreciated.


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DreamerMeg 2 years ago from Northern Ireland

I am studying engineering at present, but once I have finished, I will have time (I hope) to go back to reading fiction.


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teaches12345 2 years ago

I appreciate your review of this book. I have not heard of it and am going to reserve it at the library prior to watching the movie. The trailer is intense and pulls your interest to the coming film.


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello suzettenaples. 'The Giver' sounds interesting; a dash of 'Logan's Run', a pinch of 'Brave New World', a cup of '1984' and sprinkle of 'One Flew Over The Cukoos Nest'. Kudos to you for taking this to the inner city.


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phdast7 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Another wonderful book review. I was not familiar with this book or the author. It is now on my to buy"real soon" list. :) Hope all is well there. Getting back in the teaching groove. Today was the second week of the spring semester. Blessigs. Theresa


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

DreamerMeg: Wow! Engineering! That is tough course work and I wish you the best in your studies. I understand why you don't have time for other things right now. Good Luck, too!


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

teaches12345: Thanks so much for reading this and for your comments. Most appreciated. Do read this book as I do think you will like it. Actually the trailer was made by students, but I included it because I felt it was so well done. I do believe this book will become a classic one day.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

mckbirdbks: Yes, you are so right. It is a bit of all those books and I'm sure they also inspired her to write this. I can't claim credit for taking this to the inner city school I taught at. This was already on the 8th grade Language Arts curriculum when I arrived there, but I loved teaching this book and discussing all these ideas with the kids. They were very receptive to this book, even the ones who were not great readers were interested in this one. Thanks so much for your comments - always appreciated.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Theresa: Well, I can excuse you for not knowing about a middle school level book! LOL! I think you would like it anyway and it will be a quick read for you. Good luck this semester and I hope you enjoy your students. You are teaching at a different level but teaching is never easy no matter what level. Have a great semester. Blessings to you!


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

A great hub about a book I think everyone should read!


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Audrey: So glad you read this and enjoyed it. I think it is just as important for adults to read as it is for young people. Thanks so much for your comments - most appreciated.


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Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

So very interesting and well informed as always Suzette. A great hub and voted up.

Eddy.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Eiddwen: This is quite an interesting book and look at the future. She is the first of the dystopic novels for young people. I am looking forward to seeing the movie in the future and seeing how they adapt the book to film. Thanks so much and I am glad you enjoyed reading this.


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tammyswallow 2 years ago from North Carolina

This is such an excellent book. I am excited that it will be made into a movie. Great hub!


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

tammyswallow: Thanks so much for reading this. I love this novel and I can't wait to see the movie. I can't believe it has taken so long to adapt this novel to film. Thanks so much for your visit and for your comments.


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grand old lady 2 years ago from Philippines

Sounds like Lowry has written some really challenging books for young teens that get them to look at a single circumstance from so many different angles. Good to know her book The Giver is also in a movie. I must have been living under a rock.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

grand old lady: Yes, Lois Lowry, I think, is one of the best writers of children's and young adult literature. I am so glad to see they are making a movie of The Giver. Her novels really do give young students some interesting themes to consider and discuss. I found students always loved this novel also. Thanks for reading and for your interest.


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

Still one of my favorite books!


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suziecat7 2 years ago from Asheville, NC

I have also never read this but will be ordering the book soon. Thanks for this wonderful Hub.


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Kara Skinner 2 years ago from Maine

Thanks for this amazing Hub! I loved the Giver after I read it a couple of times and I'm glad the movie has your seal of approval. Thanks!


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teaches12345 2 years ago

I will have to look up this book and movie. Your review has brought out many strengths the author has to offer readers.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

AudreyHowitt: I know what you mean. It is still a favorite of mine. I read and taught this novel eight times to eighth graders in an inner city school. They loved the novel and we had great discussions on communities of the future. Now, the movie has come out. I have viewed it and I give it 5 stars. It was intelligently done, and is a rare example of the movie being as good as the novel. I am so glad you enjoyed reading this!


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

suziecat7: I am so pleased you enjoyed reading this and if this hub has inspired you to read the book, than I am so grateful I wrote it. Read the book first, and then see the movie that has just come out. The movie is one of the rare times that it is just as good as the book which doesn't happen very much in Hollywood. The cast is incredible with Jeff Bridges as the Giver and Meryl Streep as the Chief Elder. The young adults that play Jonas, Fiona and Asher are spot on and a delight to watch. So enjoy!


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Kara, thanks so much for reading this. Yes, I know it is rare, but this film adaption of the novel is as good as the book. Any changes they made to make the movie more palatable are intelligently done and in keeping with the book. They had Lois Lowery (the author) on the set as a consultant, so they were able to keep with the atmosphere and theme of the book. I can't speak highly enough of the novel and the film. I am glad the novel was finally made into the movie and it was worth the 18 year wait.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Dianne: You will certainly enjoy reading the book and seeing the movie. Read the book first if you can, but don't miss the movie. Jeff Bridges did an outstanding job as the part of the Giver and Meryl Streep is so good as the Chief Elder. The young adults that play Jonas Fiona, and Asher (I can't remember their names) are wonderful and understand their characters so well and so portray them with emotion and empathy. I am so glad you enjoyed reading this and thanks for your insightful comments.


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teaches12345 2 years ago

I am back to let you know that I did see the movie. My hubby wanted to see it so I actually am now prejudiced because I didn't read the book first. I thought it was well done and the acting was excellent, especially the baby Gabriel. What would our world be like without the pain and suffering to help us understand joy? Your review was incredibly accurate on this movie.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Dianna: I am so glad you saw the movie and enjoyed it. In this particular case, the movie is as good as, if not better than the book. I can't imagine a life without feelings and emotions and even "stirriings." LOL! We would not understand the joy of life without knowing pain and suffering. I think Lowery's concept for this book was amazingly astute. I am glad you found my review accurate. Thanks so much for your visit and comments.


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

The Giver is on my list of "must see" movies. I did see the trailers and it looked good. I haven't read the books. I'm excited to see Taylor Swift in her role. Great review!!


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Hi Sunshine: yes, this is a movie you do not want to miss. Taylor Swift has a brief but important role in this movie. She is only on screen for a few minutes but her role is pivotal to the story. I think you will enjoy the movie and the message inherent in it.


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Paula Atwell 2 years ago from Cleveland, OH

When the movie came out, I thought it sounded familiar. Thanks for this because I have been wavering about the movie.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Paula: I think you will enjoy the movie. It does differ from the book a little but doesn't take away from the story or the theme Lowery was writing. I highly recommend the movie as Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep are wonderful in the film version. Thanks so much for visiting and reading this.


Ibidii 2 years ago

I read the Giver and I may have read the Messinger. I have not read the other two. I did read Number of Stars and I loved all three books. I am going to re read the Giver and the other four again. I am excited to see the movie! Lois has so many books, I had no idea. I just looked and there are 25 of her books for us at the Blind Library. I downloaded all four of the Giver books to re-read. Great review! I will look at her other books as well. I missed so much as I could not read books after I was about 13 when I could not read 12 font. I need 28 font now so I just listen to books and read online with a screen reader and listen or download the text and listen to it on the screen reader. I have so much to catch up on! I have been using the blind library since 1994. Great hubs Suz and thank you for following me!


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Hi Ibidii: I am glad to hear you have read "The Giver" and in braille yet. I have read all four of the Giver books and each story is just as good as the original. You will enjoy them. I had a student years back who was legally blind and we had the Spanish book made in braille for her. She was a terrific student and I was amazed at how independent she was. When I had handouts I enlarged them as much as I could for her and she did really well. She kept up with everything and of course, speaking it was her forte. She learned to speak it very well. Today, because of technology we are able to help those who are legally blind. I am always amazed at how well all of you do. Thanks so much for your visit and comments. Most appreciated.

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