The Giver by Lois Lowry
This book is about a boy named Jonas who lives in a different community that does things differently. The people in the community do not have birthdays. The whole community (except the adults) celebrates their “birthday” in December. The newborns are considered a year old at the next December after they were born (even if they were born in November or January). When the newborns reach the age of 8 they can start their volunteer hours. Now that they can go during their free time and volunteer at jobs that suit their interests. The committee of elders, the government that makes all of the decisions, watches closely and pays attention to where they spend their hours. They use this information to pick a job for you when you are twelve. When you turn twelve ages no longer matters and you become an adult. You receive your job and you will train for years before you start working. Each December brings new changes. For example, when you turn 9 you get your bicycle. Some kids are almost certain what the assignment (job) will be but some have no idea. Jonas is one of those people that have no clue because he spent all of his volunteer hours in many different places. Jonas’s father on the other hand was almost certain of what his assignment would be because he spent almost all of his hours in the nurturing center. Jonas was given the job of highest honor. Jonas was given the assignment of receiver of memory.
The author wrote this book in a very easy to read fashion. It is a small book, a quick read and you should try to read the book in one sitting to really understand the book as a whole. I would recommend this book to 11 to 12 year old boys and girls because Jonas, the main character, is 11 and turning 12 so they might understand it better. Joshua P; Teen Reviewer.