By Lois Lowry
Published by Random House Children’s Books, 2002
192 pages (paperback)
December is the time of the annual Ceremony at which each twelve-year-old receives a life assignment determined by the Elders. Jonas watches his friend Fiona named Caretaker of the Old and his cheerful pal Asher labeled the Assistant Director of Recreation. But Jonas has been chosen for something special. When his selection leads him to an unnamed man-the man called only the Giver-he begins to sense the dark secrets that underlie the fragile perfection of his world. (from barnesandnoble.com)
[I liked that] someone could pass on memories to someone else by touching them. They could have told what happened to the boy and baby at the end*. Yes [I would recommend this to a middle schooler] if they love books that are science fiction.