The Giver

by Lois Lowry View All Titles
The Giver

The Giver
Author: Lois Lowry
Adaptation and Direction: Elise Thoron

The Giver

This Newbery-Award winning, best-selling book for young readers has become the gold standard for the genre. Told with deceptive simplicity, this is the provocative story of a boy who experiences something incredible and undertakes something impossible. In the telling, audiences question every value that they have taken for granted and reexamine their most deeply held beliefs.


“Here’s what I’d love to see in a classroom: a bunch of kids… each of them, listening to a book…paying attention to words coming alive, to a story becoming real, becoming theirs. Literature to Life is what can do that…”

– Lois Lowry

The Story

At the age of twelve, Jonas, a young boy from a seemingly utopian, futuristic world, is singled out to receive special training from The Giver, who alone holds the memories of the true joys and pain of life.  In the process, Jonas is forces to question everything in his ideal world: a world without conflict, poverty, unemployment, divorce, injustice, or inequality.

In Performance

This Literature to Life Award winner marked the first young adult novel on the Literature to Life roster.  Adapted by Elise Thoron, this piece features sixty minutes of solo-performance focusing on the relationship between the young Jonas and his mentor, The Giver.  As Jonas trains to become the Receiver of Memories, the buried truth about the world that he was born into becomes hauntingly clear to both Jonas and the audience.

Suggested Ages: 10 and up

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