Lois Lowry’s book, The Giver, introduces us to a seemingly perfect utopia. There is no pain or suffering, but with that, we learn that society has given up their right to make any personal choices for themselves. When Jonas turns 12, he is selected to be trained by The Giver and is forced to see the unpleasant truths that make up his society.
In this edition, host Jeffrey Masters sits down and talks with Lois Lowry about her award-winning novel, The Giver.
“The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It’s the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.” – Lois Lowry
Lois Lowry is known for her versatility and invention as a writer. She was born in Hawaii and grew up in New York, Pennsylvania, and Japan. She is the author of more than thirty books for young adults, including the popular Anastasia Krupnik series. She has received countless honors, among them the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award, the California Young Reader.s Medal, and the Mark Twain Award. She received Newbery Medals for two of her novels, NUMBER THE STARS and THE GIVER. Her first novel, A SUMMER TO DIE, was awarded the International Reading Association’s Children’s Book Award. Ms. Lowry now divides her time between Cambridge and an 1840s farmhouse in Maine.
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