The Giver - Lois Lowry
Author: Lois Lowry
Published: 1994 (first published 1993)
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia, Fiction
Description: In a world with no poverty, no crime, no sickness and no unemployment, and where every family is happy, 12-year-old Jonas is chosen to be the community's Receiver of Memories. Under the tutelage of the Elders and an old man known as the Giver, he discovers the disturbing truth about his utopian world and struggles against the weight of its hypocrisy. (via Goodreads.com)
Thoughts: I really liked this particular book club read. It sparked a lot of discussion during out group meeting on a variety of topics that are presented throughout the book. While I was reading the book, I realized that actually I had only read about a quarter of the book shortly after the book came out. Maybe it was the disjointy nature of the book that put me off to the book in general at the time when it had first came out and maybe it was also the fact that I wasn't that used to dystopic literature in general. But whatever the reason I gave up on the book the first time around, I found it to be a book that was quite enjoyable but also a book that could provide English high school classes with plenty of discussion. Highly recommended.
Bottom line: While this book is geared to grade 5 students, I would probably wait in giving this to grade 5 students, unless they can handle the more adult-like material that is explored in the book and probably would like to see students pick up the book around grade 6 or 7.
Pages for 2013: 3315