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Books to Bond Over With Your Tween Reader

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14. 'The Giver,' by Lois Lowry
This PBS Great American Read Top 100 Pick has been an influential novel for over 20 years. Winner of the 1994 Newbery Medal winner, this is the haunting story of twelve-year-old Jonas who lives in a seemingly ideal world of conformity and contentment. But when he receives his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community are revealed.

Lois Lowry has also written three companion novels to The Giver: Gathering Blue, Messenger, and Son.