What are the 12 main events in The Giver by Lois Lowry?

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Twelve is a very specific number, so there will be more events than the ones I list.  However, here are the top 12.

  1. A plane flies over the Community and frightens Jonas.
  2. Jonas sees the apple “change,” actually seeing the color red for the first time.
  3. Jonas is appointed Receiver of Memory in the Ceremony of Twelve.
  4. Jonas’s father brings Gabe home for extra nurturing.
  5. Jonas receives the memory of love and stops taking the Stirrings pills.
  6. Jonas takes a memory of pain from The Giver.
  7. Jonas pleads with Asher not to play war games, and Asher does not understand.  Their friendship is all but gone.
  8. Gabe is given an extra year of nurturing and is not assigned to a family.
  9. Jonas sees the video of the Release of the newborn twin.
  10. Jonas learns that Rosemary asked for Release and injected herself.
  11. Jonas and The Giver plan Jonas’s escape during the Ceremony of Twelve.  The Giver will stay behind to help the Community deal with the memories.
  12. Jonas and Gabriel escape, and make it to Elsewhere (which possibly means they die).



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