At the Ceremony of Twelve

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Jonas is an eleven-year-old that lives in a world without feelings, color, and choice. Citizens can also apply for spouses and children. When their children are grown, family units dissolve and adults live together with Childless Adults until they are too old to function in the society.

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Then they spend their last years being cared for in the House of the Old until they are finally released from the society. Jonas lives with his father, mother, and seven-year-old sister. Jonas will soon graduate from being an Eleven Soon he will be given his official assignment when he goes to the Ceremony of Twelve. Jonas is different from many people in the community. He has pale eyes, while most people have dark eyes, and he has a unique ability to see beyond. Jonas is the only person in his community who is able to see color.

At the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas is given the greatly honored assignment of Receiver of Memory. The Receiver is the keeper of the communityr’s collective memory. When the community got rid of color, feeling, and choice, it abandoned the memories of color, emotion, and pain. These memories go to the receiver so the community can avoid making the mistakes of the past. Jonas receives these memories of the past from the current receiver, a wise old man who tells Jonas to call him the Giver. As Jonas receives the memories from the Giver, he realizes how bland and empty his life in the community is.

Jonasr’s father, a Nurturer of Children, brings home a newborn that isnt growing as fast as he should and isnt sleeping soundly.

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