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The Giver. By: Lois Lowry. Characters. Jonas - an eleven year old boy about to be given a very interesting job Jonas’ father -he works at the Nurturing Center for small children Jonas’ mother -she works for the Department of Justice Lily -Jonas’ 7 year old sister

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the giver

The Giver


Lois Lowry

  • Jonas- an eleven year old boy about to be given a very interesting job
  • Jonas’ father-he works at the Nurturing Center for small children
  • Jonas’ mother-she works for the Department of Justice
  • Lily-Jonas’ 7 year old sister
  • Gabriel-a baby from the nurturing center that Jonas’ dad brings home
  • Fiona and Asher-Jonas’ friends
  • “The Giver”- a man from whom Jonas learns many things
  • The community where Jonas lives.
  • Everything is in black and white there, there are no colors.
  • Everyone’s houses are the same, the number of children is the same, everything is the same.
  • Every child goes to school and at the age of age 12 they start training for their job.
  • No one picks their job, it is picked for them.
chapters 1 3
Chapters 1-3
  • We are introduced to Jonas and his family.
  • They share their feelings every night after dinner.
  • We hear a lot about “releasing” people from the community but no mention of what it means.
  • There are certain rules in the community that must be followed.
  • Jonas is worried about the Ceremony of 12 when the elders pick the future jobs of the children.
  • Jonas’ dad talks about a child he works with and is concerned about.
  • Jonas’ dad brings home a child, Gabriel,from the nurturing center.
chapters 4 8
Chapters 4-8
  • Every morning the family shares their dreams from the previous night.
  • Jonas is given medicine so he doesn’t get “distracted” by girls.
  • At the ceremony of 12 the elders skip Jonas.
  • Jonas is then told that he will be the next Receiver of Memory, a very important job.
  • Jonas is a little afraid of his new assignment.
chapters 9 13
Chapters 9-13
  • Jonas reads the list of rules specific to his new “job”.
  • He is surprised by some of the rules.
  • Jonas meets The Giver of Memories and learns what his job will be.
  • The Giver transmits memories to Jonas, some nice and one painful.
  • Jonas is starting to see colors.
  • Jonas learns that he can have a spouse and children but the Giver says it is difficult to have them.
chapters 14 18
Chapters 14-18
  • The Giver gives Jonas a more painful memory and Jonas experiences pain for the first time.
  • Jonas’ dad has to chose a twin to release.
  • Jonas is given the memory of war.
  • He does not want to go back to see the Giver.
  • The Giver gives Jonas some happier memories.
  • Jonas tries to play with his friends but it is different now, not as fun.
  • Jonas learns what happened to the receiver chosen ten years ago.
chapters 19 24
Chapters 19-24
  • Jonas learns what “release” from the community really means.
  • Jonas and the Giver make a plan for Jonas to run away from the community.
  • Jonas wants the Giver to go with him.
  • Jonas learns that Gabriel is to be released so he leaves earlier than planned.
  • Jonas and Gabriel get away from the community and start a new life.