The Giver by Lois Lowry. Published by Bantam Doubleday Dell Books for Young Readers
I.L. 8th grade+
I. Synopsis- Jonas's community is the picture perfect place. Everyone knows their place. Daily activities are sorted out and even the children know what is expected of them. Every December, all the children go through certain Ceremonies according to their ages. Jonas's littler sister will be turning Eight and thus she gets to wear a different jacket that has smaller buttons and pockets. Jonas will be turning Twelve which was the most important Ceremony for that is when the children are given their Assignments. Jonas wsan't sure what Assignment he was to be given. As his name draws closer and closer, Jonas grows more and more nervous. Yet, when it comes to his name, he is skipped. Everyone is greatly shocked, but no one says antying as not to interrupt the Ceremony. The Chief Elder comes back to Jonas and informs him, as well as everyone else, that he is to be the next Receiver of Memory. No one really knows anything about the Receiver so this is big news indeed.
II. Evaluation of the Work as Literature- The setting is a vital part of the story for everthing is so rigid in the community that when Jonas becomes the Receiver-in-Training, he is given permission to berak many of the rules that are set in place. Also, as one finds out later in the book, no one can see colour which, after finding this out, changes the mood, the way one looks at the community and it makes something that happens a very dramatic change.
III. Personal Comments- I absolutely love this book. You know, at the beginning, just what the community is about and what some of the rules are. As Jonas goes through his day, you find out more and more about the community. At first, it seems to be the perfect placce but as you get nearer and nearer to the end and begin to realize more and more through Jonas's training, it appears to be not so perfect.