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The giver
Lois Lowry
Children's Fiction LOWRY

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Lois Lowry was born on March 20, 1937 in Honolulu, Hawaii. She was educated at both Brown University and the University of Southern Maine. Before becoming an author, she worked as a photographer and a freelance journalist. Her first book, A Summer to Die, was published in 1977. Since then she has written over 30 books for young adults including Gathering Blue, Messenger, the Anastasia Krupnik series, and Son. She has received numerous awards including: The New York Times Best Seller,the International Reading Association's Children's Literature Award, the American Library Association Notable Book Award Citation and a Newberry Medal for Number the Stars in 1990 and The Giver in 1993. (Bowker Author Biography)

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main characters Jonas
Age: 12
Lives in a world with no poverty, crime, unemployment, or sickness; mother works for the Department of Justice; father takes care of newborns; has a younger sister; discusses his dreams with his family; assigned his life job of being the Receiver of Memories; receives the emotions and memories of all the people in the community that they gave up to retain the illusion of social order; realizes that his community gave up their freedom and their ability to remember the past in order to have their perfect world.

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