The Giver: The Graphic Novel

Book review by Michael Berry, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 12+

Dazzling graphic adaptation captures power of original.

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 48 reviews

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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

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For kids who love science fiction and graphic novels

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