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The Giver (Graphic Novel)
The Giver (Graphic Novel) | Lois Lowry
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The Giver is a modern classic and one of the most influential books of our time. Now in graphic novel format, Lois Lowrys Newbery Medalwinning classic story of a young boy discovering the dark secrets behind his seemingly ideal world is accompanied by renowned artist P. Craig Russells beautifully haunting illustrations. Placed on countless reading lists, translated into more than forty languages, and made into a feature film, The Giver is the first book in The Giver Quartet that also includes Gathering Blue, Messenger, and Son. In this new graphic novel edition, readers experience the haunting story of twelve-year-old Jonas and his seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment, through the brilliant art of P. Craig Russell that truly brings The Giver to life. Witness Jonas's assignment as the Receiver of Memory, watch as he begins to understand the dark secrets behind his fragile community, and follow the explosion of color into his world like never before.
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MaddieBrown3
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Name of Award (if applicable): Newbery Medal
Purpose of Award (if applicable): awarded by American Library Association for most distinguished contribution to American literature for children
Date of Publication: 1993
Genre: Fiction
Summary: Their community is assigned jobs and must do what they are told. This is told that it is a black and white world but Jonas sees color. It influences students to stand up for themselves and break the norms.

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BennettBookworm
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I entered into this with a bias because I felt like, similar to a movie adaptation, “How can you depict The Giver in a visual medium without giving away its brilliant twist?” And I still feel that way. You just can‘t do it. However, this is a total classic, and I enjoyed reliving it.

NikkiM5 Love that cover 😍 4mo
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allycrothers
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1993
- Louis Lowery
-Newberry Medal, distinguished contribution to American literature for children.
-A book that portrays a Utopia is not as great as it seems. One boy is placed to hold all memories of history and decides to do everything to fix it. This is a perfect book for upper middle school students. It shows that is okay to question things and be brave. An AMAZING read!! Perfect for the classroom.

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IndoorDame
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I have mixed feelings about this. I didn‘t get the sense that this added much to the original - though it didn‘t loose anything either, it was very faithful to the book & captured it well. And the art was similarly well done, but didn‘t blow me away or strike me as special. On the other hand, I do really appreciate that these graphic adaptations of classics are coming out. I wasn‘t assigned The Giver in school, and all the nagging in the world⬇️

IndoorDame didn‘t get me to read it as a kid. I didn‘t pick it up till my late 20s when a fellow teacher wanted advice on teaching it. But I was really excited to read this when I saw it was out, and I know there are a lot of kids with the same reaction. #BBRCTeenAngstYourParentTeacherHasNaggedYouToRead @LibrarianRyan 6mo
Kenyazero This looks like a neat adaptation. I too love comic and graphic novel adaptations of classics. It's fun to see what they considered important enough to leave in and how well it might pair with English class coursework. 6mo
LibrarianRyan @IndoorDame Cool. This one has not been high on my list. 6mo
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Eggs Loved this series🤎 1y
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Bibliophile004
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I love dystopian novels, but I somehow have never read this one. It‘s an easy read, but impossible to put down. You find yourself attached to Little Gabe & Jonas. Very thought provoking about the power & importance of individuality, choice & love

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olivia_danko
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The Giver by Lois Lowry is about a boy named Jonas who lives in a utopian society and everybody‘s life has already been perfectly planned, leaving them with no free will. Their society also has no seasons, nature, or any form of entertainment. Everybody within the community must be cautious of their actions or words so as not to offend anybody. When Jonas turned 12, he was chosen to be the receiver of memories.

olivia_danko Later on in the story, Jonas and the giver conspire to change the whole community and decides to run away to Elsewhere.
This science fiction and award-winning Newbery book would be best taught using UDL 3.2 (Highlight patterns, critical features, big ideas,
and relationships) because there is a lot of information in this book, and as a future educator, I think it would be important to highlight the big ideas that happened with Jonas.
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olivia_danko The ELS strategy I'd use is EL 30 (Encourage the use of diagrams and drawings as aids to identify concepts and seeing relationships). A Venn diagram comparing and contrasting all the relationships Jonas encounters would make it easier to understand the story.
With the following lesson plan:
https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/lesson-plans/teaching-content/giver-lesson-p...
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DrSpalding I agree that highlighting the big ideas specifically the dystopian society would be very important to comprehend the story. You have found excellent resources and continue to align your strategies and principles well. This is an excellent example of high-quality science fiction. 2y
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TerriGreen
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Loved how this graphic novel uses color. This world is creepy and unsettling. Book 66 5⭐️

Tracyantoon I loved the novel. I would really like to try this version too. Looks perfect. 3y
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Shay1097
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I thought this was really well done, I did not enjoy the giver book, but I really enjoyed this graphic novel version! I thought it made it much more palatable and and easy to read. Plus the illustrations are beautiful! I love having the classics turned into graphic novels, because it makes theme something I want to read.

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MolliesaurusRex
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Yooooo. Okay this is one of my totally favorite books ever, and this graphic novel adaptation is amazing. Of all the books to choose to do in this format, this one makes probably THE most sense - the story seemed to come even more to life in my mind with the visuals of all of the memories Jonas receives. Definitely recommended for people who enjoy the original text. (Also peep 2 of the #StripeSquad - #catsoflitsy )

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cwarnier
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#wintergames #teamfozziwig @Clwojick @StayCurious @BarkingMadRun #tbrread 16 pts
I had been waiting for this from the library. I just couldn't do a digital copy if it. It finally came, and then I was crazy busy until the last 2 days.
I really enjoyed this version of The Giver.

BarkingMadRead 🎄🎄 3y
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MommyOfTwo
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This was a good adaptation to a graphic novel. #ImpulseRead #WinterGames #TheFilthyAnimals

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Rissa1
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I have been in love with this book since the 5th grade. I bought this graphic version for my son who will be starting the 5th grade in the fall. This book may have been the first book that made me think about the good and the bad, how we need both. Now, the graphic version seems to hurt more. The pictures of the baby being released. The picture at the end. Does it hurt more because this world is a scary place today, because I am a mom?

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Rissa1
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Not a flattering picture but on that describes me perfectly. #mommydaughterpjday

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Krisjericho
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Very faithful adaptation. My favorite part is Russell‘s use of color - the black and white world is more monotone, with a feeling of sameness, and the color shifts are subtle and fitting. If you like the book, you‘ll like this one.

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Meghan1
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I loved the book and I loved this beautiful graphic adaptation! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

KristenDuck Loved The Giver - I‘d be very interested in this! 4y
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EH2018
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So good so far!

rather_be_reading a graphic novel?! 4y
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TieDyeDude
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A beautifully faithful adaptation of one of my all-time favorite novels. P. Craig Russell does an excellent job of presenting a world of Sameness while still providing engaging art. It is certainly a different (somewhat lesser) experience from reading the novel, but I think it can successfully exist along side the book.

Reviewsbylola Oh yes!! Stacking—The Giver is a favorite of mine. 4y
wordzie Omgosh I ❤ this book. I read it twice. 4y
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