The Giver

by Lois Lowry

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Book Information

Publication Date: 1993

Reading Level: Lexile Measure 760L, Scholastic Guided Reading Level Y

Interest Level: Grades 6 - 8

Major Awards: 1994 Newbery Winner

Number of Pages: 240 pages

Approximate Word Count: 42,195 words -- The average reader will spend 2 hours and 48 minutes reading The Giver at 250 words per minute.*

Audible Book Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins

Book Themes: Memory, Being an Individual, Rules and Order, Choices, Isolation, Old Age

Genre: Dystopian Literature, Science Fiction

Setting: An Isolated Community Sometime in the Future

Important Quote: The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It's the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.

First Line: It was almost December, and Jonas was beginning to be frightened.

Point of View: Third Person (Limited Omniscient) from Jonas's Perspective

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