Mrs. Archer is my alter ego who spends her weekdays in an elementary school library. For the blog I share with my students, I’m starting a new weekly post: Mrs. Archer Recommends.
Mrs. Archer Recommends
The Giver by Lois Lowry
“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. (re-printed from Lois Lowry’s website – http://www.loislowry.com/index.php?option=com_djcatalog2&view=item&id=17:the-giver&cid=4:the-quartet&Itemid=185 – November 29, 2012.)
This 1994 winner of the Newbery Award is one of Mrs. Archers’ favorite young adult books. The story continues with Gathering Blue, The Messenger, and Son.