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THE GIVER is, in my opinion, a definite winner. Just read it. I was strongly reminded of the other sci fi winner of years ago A WRINKLE IN TIME in terms of theme and form. Lois Lowry has proved once again that "less is more"! A simple theme--that which is important in life: love and life itself--and a sparse futuristic setting to carry the theme forward. Ah, wouldn't be wonderful to write like that! It is as good as her other winner NUMBER THE STARS. But they are two different books..NUMBER being very realistic in setting. While we are the subject of YA books, I read WHO KILLED MY DAUGHTER? over February vacation and was absolutely taken aback with Lois Duncan's *courage* in pursuing her and her daughter's truth in the face of ridicule for using the "other dimension" and in the face of the evil which took her daughter's life. Her book has had a minimum of 8 students waiting to read it--now at least I have a paperback copy to offer also! Anyone interested in true crime genre and/or the "6th dimension" should not miss this one! email@example.com LM_NET IS A JOY!