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Item #: 003189
ISBN: 9780544336261
Grades: 5-9

Product Description:

Another Newbery Award (1994) winner from the author of Number the Stars. Aremarkable coming-of-age story about a young man who overcomes his society. Setin a "utopian" or "dystopian" (depending on your point of view!) society whichis extremely regulated and controlled, Jonas is selected for the very specialjob of becoming the Receiver of Memory in this story about a community of thefuture. When Jonas realizes, however, what has been lost and what the price ofconformity is, he makes a daring decision that will forever change his life.Our whole family read and discussed this book, finding it an excellent startingpoint for frank discussion of individuality and responsibility vs. security andhomogeneity. Jonas is chosen to be the Receiver of Memory for his community. Ashe becomes aware of the choices his world has made, he is faced with adifficult decision.

Publisher Description:

In Lois Lowry’s Newbery Medal–winning classic, twelve-year-old Jonas lives in a seemingly ideal world. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver does he begin to understand the dark secrets behind his fragile community.

Life in the community where Jonas lives is idyllic. Designated birthmothers produce new children, who are assigned to appropriate family units. Citizens are assigned their partners and their jobs. No one thinks to ask questions. Everyone obeys. Everyone is the same. Except Jonas.

Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community. Gradually Jonas learns that power lies in feelings. But when his own power is put to the test—when he must try to save someone he loves—he may not be ready. Is it too soon? Or too late?

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.

The Giver has become one of the most influential novels of our time. Don't miss the powerful companion novels in Lois Lowry's Giver Quartet: Gathering Blue, Messenger, and Son.

Category Description for Progeny Press Study Guides & Books:

Among the many companies that offer a literature guide or study guide to use with a novel, Progeny Press does a beautiful job incorporating scripture into their literary analysis. I like how their guides begin with more basic comprehension questions and evolve into more challenging questions that encourage deeper thinking. Think of it as moving from who, what and where into the how and why’s. With Progeny Press, students are asked to draw comparisons between the literature they are reading and the Bible. Your student will use their own Bible in their preferred version.

New to literature study guides? They are an independent and flexible option for adding a literature component to your language arts. As your student reads a novel, the guide provides a framework, something like a workbook. The guide might suggest each learner read chapters 1 and 2, then answer some questions. Students answer directly in the guide. From a parent’s viewpoint, this is a time saver! You can set a schedule if you like, or just open their guide and ask them a question! Students love talking about what they are reading, whether they like it or not. Parent educators get a sense of the investment in the book each child has based on their remarks. In addition, parents could easily develop and add some deeper questions into an essay too.

Progeny Press has many titles to choose from. The age groups overlap in places because, well, that is not an exact science, is it? One student may read a book at age 10 and another at age 14. The age groups help a parent determine if the novel’s content is likely appropriate for a child’s age. Reading comprehension and literary analysis are an important component of any ELA year. A typical number of novels with guides is 4-6 a year, or 2-3 per semester. Some novels may take only a couple weeks to complete, while others take up to 8 weeks. Guides are currently available as softcover books, PDF format on CD-ROM, or PDF downloads available directly from the publisher at ( The guides are reproducible within one classroom or family.

Each guide includes:

  • a concise synopsis of the book
  • information about the book’s author
  • background information pertinent to the story
  • suggestions for activities relating to the subject matter
  • introduction of literary terms
  • vocabulary exercises for each section of reading
  • comprehension, analysis, and application questions for each section of reading with discussion of related Biblical themes
  • a complete answer key and suggestions for further reading

Category Description for STUDY GUIDES & BOOKS:

Please note that a brief synopsis of many of the books included here are provided in our Library Builders section. Study guides for the same book are often available from several publishers, so we found it more efficient to give a description of the book only once.

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Michele L on Jul 12, 2023
It was recommended by a friend.
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Theresa K on Jul 3, 2023
It was recommended by a friend.
Jennifer G on Aug 15, 2022
Required reading
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Notgrass history curriculum "Exploring America"
Genna B on Apr 19, 2022
Great movie to follow our study afterwards
Michelle B on Mar 7, 2021
This is an excellent story!
Paul M on Nov 16, 2020
Excellent book! The same concept applies in today's society.
Barbara M on Jul 6, 2020
For my daughter to read.
Marla B on Apr 12, 2020
Great book for grade 5 and above
Rita S on Mar 29, 2020
need it
Rina N on Aug 6, 2019
Part of Notgrass Exploring America's recommended reading.
Eva D on Jun 29, 2019
Required course reading
Kelly B on Jun 25, 2019
Using in a co-op in the fall.
Christi L on May 27, 2019
My 7th grader was interested in reading this novel
Anita R on Nov 1, 2018
Excellent book
Terri S on Nov 2, 2017
My daughter began reading this book in Barnes and Nobles while we were waiting for our ride to pick us up. It quickly grabbed her attention. She did not want to purchase it, so I am surprising her with it.
JANEEN K on Nov 28, 2016
On reading list
Raymond C on Jul 17, 2016
I bought the book to go with the study guide.
Paula H on Jan 11, 2016
Theresa K on Jul 3, 2023
Required reading
Vickie P on Jul 26, 2022
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WE really enjoyed this book although I do not think the subject matter is easily handled by anyone less than middle school age This is a book to spark serious discussion
September 16, 2005

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