The Newbery Challenge: The Giver

It is always more fun when Colby Sharp and I film a Newbery video together. We had an awesome weekend catching up in San Antonio, Texas. Thanks, Mr. Sharp! 

"I've never liked science fiction so I never thought of it as science fiction, although some people who like to use categories have put it in that category. But what it is is a book set in a future time. And for me it was like writing realistic fiction. I created a place, created a character — he's a boy about to be 12 — and here's where he lives and here's what it's like. " - Lois Lowry 

Lois Lowry knew from a young age that she wanted to be a writer. 

Travis Jonker designed the cover on the right. 

Hannah Spicijaric chats with Lois Lowry.

"Because for me the most important thing is just the amazing satisfaction one gets, somebody like me gets, just by arranging words on a page and then rearranging them so that they flow differently, better or clearer or say better what you want to say and then to go back and look at them and read them and change them again a little bit. I could just do that all day long. " - Lois Lowry

Read Lois Lowry's Newbery acceptance speech for The Giver.

Borrow The Giver from your school or public library. Whenever possible, please support independent bookshops. 


  1. I HAVE to say how much I enjoyed your video in Texas! You guys are just SO much fun and I actually get butterflies and goosebumps sometimes when listening to the two of you passionately talk about BOOKS!!!

    I've read one or two handfuls of the Newberys, the most recent was the BEAUTIFULLY written A SINGLE SHARD by the very talented, down-to-earth author, Linda Sue Park (met her last week, along with Ame).

    Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed THE GIVER when I read it and I have to say, with most of the Newbery winners, it's easy to see why they were awarded the honor. Great stuff, guys! Thanks! :D


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