The Giver Connections and Further Reading
by Lois Lowry

The Giver book cover
Start Your Free Trial

Download The Giver Study Guide

Subscribe Now

Bibliography and Further Reading

(Novels for Students)

Sources

Patty Campbell, review in The Horn Book Magazine, Vol. LXIX, No. 6, November-December, 1993, pp. 717-21.

Jane Inglis, review in The School Librarian, Vol. 43, No. 1, February, 1995, pp. 31-32.

Lois Lowry, Newbery Medal Acceptance speech, delivered at the American Library Association's annual meeting June, 1994, printed in The Horn Magazine, Vol. LXX, No. 4, July-August 1994, pp. 414-22.

Gary D. Schmidt, review in The Five Owls, Vol. VIII, No. 1, September-October, 1993, pp. 14-15.

For Further Studv

Michael Betzold, Appointment with Doctor Death, Momentum Books, 1993.

A journalist gathers together the evidence and background relating to cases involving Dr. Kevorkian.

Joel D. Chaston, "The Giver," in Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults, Volume 6, edited by Kirk H. Beetz, Beacham Publishing, Inc., 1994, pp. 3255-63.

This excerpt from a reference book surveys Lowry's life and work, suggests ideas for reports, papers, and discussions related to The Giver, and summarizes the novel's plot, setting, themes, characters, and literary qualities.

Joel D Chaston, Lois Lowry, Twayne's United States Author Series, edited by Ruth K. MacDonald, Prentice Hall, Intl., 1997.

Chaston tracks Lowry's development as a writer, beginning with her childhood and her sense of story and values, and progressing through her literary career and reputation.

Ilene Cooper, "Giving and Receiving," in Booklist, Vol. 89, April 15, 1993, p. 1506.

An early review that finds the conflict between sameness and freedom in the novel to be thought-provoking, but finds Lowry's message "forced," and her ending too ambiguous.

Mary Ellen Hannery, "Parents Want The Giver Off Shelves," in The Palm Beach Post, June 19, 1996.

Flannery reports on the ongoing controversy between Northport Middle School and concerned parent, Anna Cerbasi, who objects to use of The Giver in a public school setting.

Louise Kaplan, "Images of Absence, Voices of Silence," in No Voice Is Ever Wholly Lost, Simon & Schuster, 1995, pp. 216-37.

Psychologist Kaplan discusses the difficulties, yet importance, of bearing witness to traumatic events, and suggests that, since survivors of the Holocaust had to psychically absent themselves in order to survive trauma and abuse, their children must "testify as to what happened" to their parents.

Seymour R. Kester, Utopian Episodes: Daily Life in Experimental Colonies Dedicated to Changing the World, Syracuse University Press, 1996.

An extremely detailed and critical look at the way of life endured by participants in the three principal American Utopias of the nineteenth century.

Walter Lorraine, "Lois Lowry," in The Horn Book Magazine, Vol. 70, July-August, 1994, pp. 423-26.

Lowry's editor reminisces about her fiction, which he praises for being immediately accessible to "very broad" audiences.

Lois Lowry, "Calling It Quits," in The Writer, Vol. 102, April, 1989, pp. 13-14, 47.

Lowry discusses the importance of ending a story in the right place, so that readers will want to continue writing the story in their own minds.

Lois Lowry, "Remembering How it Was," in The Writer, Vol. 100, July, 1987, pp. 16-19.

In this exploration of the importance of memory to storytellers, Lowry says that, while the details in a story need not be truthful, the emotions that are connected to the details must be true. She also says that using painful memories in writing is a way to get over them.

Lois Markham, Lois Lowry (Learning Works Meet the Author Series), Learning Works, 1995.

Published for Lowry's young readers, this book shows how the author incorporates significant autobiographical experiences into her fiction.

Donald E Pitzer, editor, America's Communal Utopias, University of North Carolina Press, 1997.

A collection of essays on the full range of American communities, including the Shakers, George Rapp's Harmony Society and the Oneida Perfectionists.

Karen Ray, "The Giver," in The New York Times Book Review, October 31, 1993, p. 26.

An early review that finds the novel's themes "provocative," despite the novel's...

(The entire section is 1,436 words.)