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Winner of the Harvey and Eisner Awards!!! Highly Recommended. By Lois Lowry. Art by P. Craig Russell. Brilliantly--and I use that term seriously--brilliantly illustrated by P. Craig Russell. A long, complex graphic novel adapted from Lois Lowry's Newbery-Award winning story. In a strange world of the future, a young man discovers the dark secrets behind his seemingly ideal world where everything is laid out and conformity is the norm. But he is odd man; first he's chosen as The Giver, the one person in charge of village history. But he's questioning why, and when he discovers his little brother is slated to go through a door and never be seen again, he acts. Russell uses b&w, two color, and full color to further each element of this unusual story.

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Brilliantly--and I use that term seriously--brilliantly illustrated by P. Craig Russell. A long, complex graphic novel adapted from Lois Lowry's Newbery-Award winning story. In a strange world of the future, a young man discovers the dark secrets behind his seemingly ideal world where everything is laid out and conformity is the norm. But he is odd man; first he's chosen as The Giver, the one person in charge of village history. But he's questioning why, and when he discovers his little brother is slated to go through a door and never be seen again, he acts. Russell uses b&w, two color, and full color to further each element of this unusual story.

Having written this, I'm going to take this home and read it again. I don't do that on most new books, I don't have the time, but this one is special.

Placed on countless reading lists, translated into more than forty languages, and made into a feature film, The Giver is the first book in the Giver Quartet, which also includes Gathering Blue, Messenger, and Son. Think Hunger Games, but less violence and truly more insidious. Just keep taking your pills, everyone says, and it'll be just fine. Even his own parents have bought into this idyllic, perfect existence. But why do children disappear? Why is there no strife? What's his perfectly rational Dad doing to those babies?

From Wikipedia: The Giver is a 1993 American young adult dystopian novel by Lois Lowry. It is set in a society which at first appears to be utopian but is revealed to be dystopian as the story progresses. The novel follows a 12-year-old boy named Jonas. The society has taken away pain and strife by converting to "Sameness", a plan that has also eradicated emotional depth from their lives.

Jonas is selected to inherit the position of Receiver of Memory, the person who stores all the past memories of the time before Sameness, as there may be times where one must draw upon the wisdom gained from history to aid the community's decision making. Jonas struggles with concepts of all the new emotions and things introduced to him: whether they are inherently good, evil, or in between, and whether it is even possible to have one without the other. The Community lacks any color, memory, climate, or terrain, all in an effort to preserve structure, order, and a true sense of equality beyond personal individuality.

The Giver won the 1994 Newbery Medal and has sold more than 10 million copies worldwide as of 2014. In Australia, Canada, and the United States, it is on many middle school reading lists, but it is also frequently challenged and it ranked number 11 on the American Library Association list of the most challenged books of the 1990s. A 2012 survey based in the U.S. designated it the fourth-best children's novel of all time.

In 2014, a film adaptation was released, starring Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep and Brenton Thwaites.

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Item Code GIVEH
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publish Date 2019
ISBN 9780544157880
Binding Hard Cover
Dimensions 6x9
# Pages 176pg
Color Partial Color
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