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The Giver: The Graphic Novel

By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Dazzling graphic adaptation captures power of original.

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age 14+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 12+

You’re in the future where citizens are given a job and partner. This is the premise of The Giver.

The Giver by Lois Lowry and is part of a 4 way book series. is a book about a boy named Jonas who lives in the future with his sister lily and his parents, his father is a Nurturer and his mother works in the Department of Justice.and the city wants to make the citizens feel equal and safe. The giver gives memories to Jonas to help him escape. The elders are a small group like the government that wants everyone to be the same and not see color. I liked the plot and action in this book. I also like the characters optimism and ability to think through problems. I don't like how it was kind of slow at the start. It also left some questions. I recommend this book to 6th-10th grade readers who like sci-fi and fiction.
age 14+

An interesting introduction to dystopian literature

I first read that this book was banned, and, as a class teacher, had some reservations about introducing this to my class. However, after reading the book myself first, I felt if handled appropriately, as there are sensitive themes contained within, it would be fine for my class. Each week 2 chapters were covered with analysis questions that connected with the books major themes. This helped Ss to digest the information and synthesis them with greater ease. Reading this alongside made a huge difference to each class.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

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Some science fiction classics seem destined for adaptation to comics, and this dazzlingly illustrated graphic version captures the elements of the novel that make it so relevant and admired. P. Craig Russell uses a blue/silver palette for the opening chapters, and it's a wonderful choice, more lively than plain black-and-white, hinting at the hues waiting to be unveiled. Even though they look and act very much alike, the individual characters pop off the pages. Russell composes that pages with a sharp and sensitive eye, always clear on the flow of the narrative.

Lois Lowry's classic novel smoothly makes its transition to comics, and fans of and newcomers to the book will be captivated by the visual storytelling.

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