The Giver by Lois Lowry is a classic. It won the 1994 Newbery Medal b/c it is a deep and though provoking book. It isn't a long book, which is fabulous for teachers to use in the classroom. As a school librarian aka teacher librarian, a good book has to be the right length as well as have the good content and excellent writing to be a good book for classroom use. The Giver is used in almost every middle school I know. It's such a fabulous book.
I would give The Giver 5 out of 5 stars. It's clean, deep in meaning, great discussion book, a fast read, great for boys and girls, and I think you could say it was one of the first Dystopian books, but it's not quite a Dystopian book b/c you don't see the chaos that you often see in Dystopian novels. A community attempts to have a Utopian society, but by doing so it doesn't allow people to feel. Therefore, they don't have pain, grief, loss, and war, but they also don't have any of the amazing feelings like love and joy.
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