The Giver (Graphic Novel) – by: Lois Lowry& P. Craig Russell

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The Giver (Graphic Novel) – by: Lois Lowry& P. Craig Russell

Hardcover: 192 pages

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (Feb. 5 2019)

ISBN-13: 978-0544157880

Synopsis: 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.

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The Giver is a staple in most school systems as a mandatory read, making it disliked by many children in Canada; after the release of the movie, the story seemed to gain popularity and become a more highly read recreation book (especially with the growing popularity of dystopian novels).  With the release of this graphic novel, I found that a great classic novel that can sometimes be difficult for children to digest in a novel form has become more easily understandable and comprehendible.

Using realistic style graphics, this graphic novel stays true to the real story of The Giver and follows twelve-year-old Jonas on his journey. The dialogue and accompanying visuals make the story more tangible and easier for young adults to grasp the story and its underlying themes.

Ok: I admit it. I was one of those students that was forced to read The Giver in school and did not enjoy the book. This was a big reason I was so excited to review this graphic novel. The reading experience is so different from novel to graphic novel and I feel that book the author and illustrator did an amazing job at capturing all the key plot points and bringing them to life in picture and dialogue. This is a great companion to a classic tale.

Rating: 8/10

* I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Raincoast books*

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