Cover image for The giver / based on the novel by Lois Lowry ; adapted by P. Craig Russell ; illustrated by P. Craig Russell, Galen Showman, Scott Hampton.
The giver / based on the novel by Lois Lowry ; adapted by P. Craig Russell ; illustrated by P. Craig Russell, Galen Showman, Scott Hampton.
Title Variants:
Lowry, Lois.

Publication Information:
New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt , 2019.

Physical Description:
176 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm.
General Note:
Based on the novel by Lois Lowry.

Includes interviews with Lowry and Russell.
Jonas' life assignment is as the Receiver of Memory, where he will apprentice the Giver and become a storehouse of all the things humanity left behind when it entered utopia: color, emotion, and even more complicated secrets.


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LOW Graphic Novel Teen Graphic Novels

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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 Lowry's Newbery Medal-winning classic story of a young boy discovering the dark secrets behind his seemingly ideal world is accompanied by renowned artist P. Craig Russell's 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.

Author Notes

Lois Lowry is the author of more than forty books, including the NYT bestselling Giver Quartet. She received Newbery Medals for Number the Stars and The Giver . www. loislowry . com
P. Craig Russell is a renowned artist of comics and graphic novels. He illustrated the graphic novel adaptations of Neil Gaiman's Coraline and The Graveyard Book.

Reviews 1

Publisher's Weekly Review

This graphic novel adaptation of Lowry's Newbery Medal-winning book hews close to the original text, retaining nearly all dialogue and narration in some form while substituting visual depiction for textual description. When Jonas turns 12, his perception of his seemingly utopian community begins to change. His selection as the next Receiver of Memory puts him in a position to see everything that is missing from the world he knows, as well as the hard truths that underlie his heretofore comfortable life. Russell (who also adapted The Graveyard Book) uses a simple, realistic cartoon style in a palette of blue pencil and ink wash that conveys the colorlessness of the world. The blue tone also mirrors the cool, passionless logic that drives the group's decisions, and the vast swathes of white space on the page hint at the essential emptiness of the community members' lives. Color is introduced slowly as Jonas begins to see it himself, helping the reader to identify with the startling changes that Jonas undergoes and creating a striking visual record of the heinous memories the boy receives-a mushroom cloud in a bright red panel, a battlefield and dying soldier in orange. An accessible version of the story for readers who have not yet encountered it. Ages 12-up. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.