The Giver - Lois Lowry

The Giver is a beautiful story, gracefully told by Lois Lowry. After having trudged through so many of the teen dystopian sagas of late, it was really nice to read this book - not that it paints a cheery picture for us, but because it is told in a much different way than the others. With them, we get large scale governmental conspiracies intermixed with lusty teen subplots, but this is an intimate story, much better suited to a rendering on the stage as a play than as an August popcorn movie. Perfect for use in the classroom - grades 7-9 would be ideal - it could spawn some terrific discussions among children.