September 16, 2010

BBAW 2010: Forgotten Treasure


We can't all be like elephants! Today's BBAW post is about digging up a forgotten treasure or dusting off an under marketed contemporary fiction.

I feel like a broken record but I cannot ever think of another book that has influenced my reading more than The Giver by Lois Lowry. I had a very influential English teacher in middle school that read this book to us and I have read it over several times since then. I actually own two copies just incase one disappears (weird! I know!). This story opened my eyes as a young child and the ideas even resonate now when I am an adult. I think this book needs more recognition nowadays and I will forever recommend it.

"It was almost December, and Jonas was beginning to be frightened."

Thus opens this haunting novel in which a boy inhabits a seemingly ideal world: a world without conflict, poverty, unemployment, divorce, injustice, or inequality. It is a time in which family values are paramount, teenage rebellion is unheard of, and even good manners are a way of life.

December is the time of the annual Ceremony at which each twelve year old receives a life assignment determined by the Elders. Jonas watches his friend Fiona named Caretaker of the Old and his cheerful pal Asher labeled the Assistant Director of Recreation. But Jonas has been chosen for something special. When his selection leads him to an unnamed man -the man called only the Giver -he begins to sense the dark secrets that underlie the fragile perfection of his world. (Source)

What is your forgotten treasure? 

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