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The Giver by Lois Lowry
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May 23, 2015

really liked it
bookshelves: 2008, young-adult, children-s-books-i-missed
Read in August, 2008

It's easy to see why "The Giver" by Lois Lowry became an instant classic. First, it's easy to read. I read it in about 2 hours. I can see that this would be a benefit in a classroom where some of the students might not be adept readers. Despite the easy reading level, this book has a lot of big ideas. And, it doesn't just hand them to you. It's an ideal book for discussing with others. I found myself identifying so closely with Jonas that I didn't even notice just how different his world was from ours. If I were a kid, I'd probably have been very surprised by the ending. However, I grew up with "Logan's Run" and "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson. I knew what releasing was right at the beginning.

I wish this book had been around when I was a child.

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