Recommended audience: 10+
Category: Fantasy, YA fiction
Set sometime in the distant future, this book takes place in a community in which all diversity has been eliminated. Everyone is given an assignment at the age of 12 in which they will serve until they are considered too old and then are placed in the "Home of the Old". The book is about a boy named Jonas and his unusual assignment. It is fascinating, thought provoking, infuriating, and just an excellent read. My only problem with it was that I didn't want it to end. Many people don't realize that Lowry also wrote companion books called Gathering Blue (2000) and Messenger (2004) that connect the characters of all three books. I haven't read them yet but I'm anxious to.