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

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A lot of important events happen during the course of the novel, and I would say that there are more than twelve important events; therefore, my list of twelve is likely to differ from another reader's list of twelve important events.  

  1. Jonas has dinner with his family.  This is the earliest stand out event in my opinion because it's so familiar and odd at the same time.  They are having a family dinner and conversation, and that's totally normal; however, the forced discussion about feelings is strikingly odd.  
  2. Jonas's father brings home a baby named Gabriel.  Readers are told that the baby is not developing fast enough, so he is given extra nurturing time with Jonas's father and family. 
  3. Jonas sees the color red for the first time on an apple. 
  4. Jonas visits the House of Old and listens to Larissa describe the release ceremony of Roberto. 
  5. Jonas feels the "Stirrings" for the first time and begins...

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