Lowry, L. (1993). The giver. New York: Houghton Mifflin. ISBN: 978-0395645666. Hardcover: $17.99. Also available in paperback, e-book, and audiobook format.
Winner of the Newberry Medal (1994), Regina Medal (1994), and William Allen White Award (1996).
Is there such a thing as a perfect world? It seems like Jonas’s city is a utopia. Children are obedient, everyone has a job they are well-suited for, and breaking the rules is unheard of. Most importantly, everyone is happy. As Jonas approaches the annual Ceremony when 12-year-olds are assigned the job they will hold for their lifetime, he is nervous to find out what his place in society will be. During the ceremony though, something is amiss. They skip Jonas’s name.
After a horrific few minutes of confusion, it’s announced that Jonas’s assignment is special. He has been selected as the new Receiver of Memory. It’s a position of honor. An incredible opportunity. And a heavy burden. As he begins his training, Jonas finds out just how little he knows of the world and how dull his experience has been. Can he keep such wonderful, beautiful experiences to himself? How dangerous is knowledge in a society that runs on blissful ignorance?
In addition to its many awards, frequent challenges, and widespread popularity, the book was also made into a movie in 2014. Here’s the trailer: