The Giver is a novel by Lois Lowry. It is science fiction. Bantam Books published the book in 1993. It won the Newbery Medal for excellence in American literature for children in 1994. The Giver has sold more than 5 million copies.
Many people did not think that it was right for The Giver to win the Newbery Medal. This was because they thought that the book had events and ideas in it that were not good for children. Therefore, the book has also been challenged and banned.
The Giver is the first book in a quartet. Gathering Blue, Messenger, and Son are the books in the quartet. They are also set in the same time. It is about a boy who discovers that the utopian society he thought was his world turns out to be dystopian.