The Giver by Ron Rifkin
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On August 15th, Lois Lowry's 1994 Newbery Medal-winning novel will be released as a film. Its stellar cast includes Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes, Taylor Swift, and Brenton Thwaits as Jonas. This movie tie-in edition of the classic contains transcripts of Q and A sessions with key actors. Even without its extra features, this novel qualifies as a bed-stand worthy weekend read.

 

About Ron Rifkin

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Lois Lowry is the author of more than thirty books for young adults, including the popular Anastasia Krupnik series. She has received countless honors, among them the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award, the California Young Reader's Medal, and the Mark Twain Award. She received Newbery Medals for two of her novels, NUMBER THE STARS and THE GIVER. Her first novel, A SUMMER TO DIE, was awarded the International Reading Association's Children's Book Award. Ms. Lowry now divides her time between Cambridge and an 1840s farmhouse in Maine. To learn more about Lois Lowry, see her website at www.loislowry.com.
 
Published April 26, 1993 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 204 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Action & Adventure, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Fiction

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Lowry could have taken the ideas and pushed each to the extreme, beating the readers over the head with her point, but instead she took a much gentler approach.

May 06 2010 | Read Full Review of The Giver: Library Edition

Examiner

The movie, to its credit, portrays this gaping hole so subtly that at first you don’t realize it is missing.

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Examiner

After years of anticipation, fans of Lois Lowry finally have their conclusion to 'The Giver' series, a post-apocalyptic saga which includes 'The Giver,' 'Gathering Blue,' 'Messenger' and now 'Son.' 'Son' brings the series full circle.

Mar 28 2013 | Read Full Review of The Giver: Library Edition

Examiner

I find it rather surprising that I never read Lois Lowry's beloved children's novel The Giver until now.

May 20 2011 | Read Full Review of The Giver: Library Edition

Teen Ink

This was a beautiful written book with descriptive writing.

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The Washington Post

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Slate

(In the movie they volunteer at the nurturing center, where the babies live before their naming ceremony.) Fiona’s red hair is one of the first things Jonas sees “beyond,” that is, in color, and he does feel “stirrings” for her, but he never acts on them in the book as he does in the movie.

Sep 30 2014 | Read Full Review of The Giver: Library Edition

Common Sense Media

Book shows that a "perfect" world is not really perfect though it may appear to be at first the giver is an amazing book with surprises around every corner but some surprises are a bit disturbing for children.

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Common Sense Media

For all of you saying "AH IT'S SUCH A MESSED UP BOOK LIKE THEY KILL THE BABY AND THAT MAKES KIDS WANT TO KILL BABIES!", try reading the book.

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Salon

We had the pleasure of hosting authors Leslie Jamison, Zadie Smith, and Matthew Thomas, artist Edwina White, and musician Emily Wells.

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Kidz World

The Giver, a very old man who was once the Receiver of Memory, passes all the memories of the past onto Jonas—memories of sunshine and sunburns, snow and cold…and colors.

Jan 28 2009 | Read Full Review of The Giver: Library Edition

Dominion of New York

The marketing people are clearly on board with Taylor Swift’s name recognition — check out the book jacket for the movie tie-in-edition with a big fat shiny seal: “Includes exclusive Q&A with Taylor Swift (and others)!” It’s practically the biggest thing on the cover, you guys.

Jun 19 2014 | Read Full Review of The Giver: Library Edition

Dominion of New York

I’m sure if I’d read it at that age it would have been one of my favorite books.

Feb 13 2015 | Read Full Review of The Giver: Library Edition

Me, My Shelf and I

The GiverThe Giver #1Author: Lois LowryRelease Date: April 26th, 1993Publisher: HMC Books For Young ReadersRating: 5 Birds.

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Psych Central

Psych Central does not provide medical, mental illness, or psychological .

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http://katiesbookblog.com

Go buy it now!4 Shoes: Pretty good book with a few flaws.3 Shoes: Okay but not a book for me.2 Shoes: Really bad.

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Flickfilosopher

(Never before has the fact that a teenager is making decisions that will bring down his entire world, on his actions and judgment alone, been quite so accidentally disturbing.) It makes no sense at all within the context of the story, because it’s kind of like if the people in the past who set up...

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