Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The Giver by Lois Lowry

*Book #15 for my New Year's Resolution to read more!

I am trying to use my D.E.A.R. (drop everything and read) time at school to read with the kids (not aloud...we each read all over the room). Anyway, I am going back and re-reading some of my favorites from when I was younger and loving it. I finished The Giver by Lois Lowry this week. A great book...but not for 3rd graders. Here is the summary from loislowry.com - she has several great books!

"It was almost December, and Jonas was beginning to be frightened."Thus opens this haunting novel in which a boy inhabits a seemingly ideal world: a world without conflict, poverty, unemployment, divorce, injustice, or inequality. It is a time in which family values are paramount, teenage rebellion is unheard of, and even good manners are a way of life.December is the time of the annual Ceremony at which each twelve year old receives a life assignment determined by the Elders. Jonas watches his friend Fiona named Caretaker of the Old and his cheerful pal Asher labeled the Assistant Director of Recreation. But Jonas has been chosen for something special. When his selection leads him to an unnamed man -the man called only the Giver -he begins to sense the dark secrets that underlie the fragile perfection of his world.Told with deceptive simplicity, this is the provocative story of a boy who experiences something incredible and undertakes something impossible. In the telling it questions every value we have taken for granted and reexamines our most deeply held beliefs.

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