Monday, March 17, 2014

Middle School Monday: The Giver by Lois Lowry

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The Giver is a classic dystopian novel by Lois Lowry, that will be in theaters this summer.  According to IMDB, it opens on August 15th.  To see the cast of the movie, click HERE.  An interview with Lois Lowry on the Scholastic website summarizes why she became a writer, and what she thinks is important about her books.

"From the time I was eight or nine, I wanted to be a writer. Writing was what I liked best in school; it was what I did best in school.

I was a solitary child, born the middle of three, who lived in the world of books and my own imagination. There are some children, and I was this kind of child, who are introverts and love to read — who prefer to curl up with a book than to hang out with friends or play at the ball field. Children like that begin to develop a feeling for language and for story. And that was true for me — that's how I became a writer.

My books have varied in content and in style. Yet it seems to me that all of them deal, essentially, with the same general theme: the importance of human connections."

In case you have not read The Giver, here is a brief summary:

The Giver, the 1994 Newbery Medal winner, has become one of the most influential novels of our time. The haunting story centers on twelve-year-old Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community. Lowry has written three companion novels to The Giver, including Gathering Blue, Messenger, and now Son, published in October 2012.

I really enjoyed The Giver, and definitely promote reading the book before you see the movie!

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