Join us for preview clips and conversation with Oscar winning actor Jeff Bridges and legendary author Lois Lowry as they discuss the transformation of The Giver from a book to a major motion picture.
The haunting story of The Giver centers on Jonas (Brenton Thwaites), a young man who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Yet as he begins to spend time with The Giver (Jeff Bridges), who is the sole keeper of all the community’s memories, Jonas quickly begins to discover the dark and deadly truths of his community’s secret past. With this newfound power of knowledge, he realizes that the stakes are higher than imagined—a matter of life and death for himself and those he loves most. At extreme odds, Jonas knows that he must escape their world to protect them all—a challenge that no one has ever succeeded at before. The Giver is based on Lois Lowry’s beloved young adult novel of the same name, which was the winner the 1994 Newbery Medal and has sold over 10 million copies worldwide.
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Jon Scieszka has been writing books for kids for 25 years. He is the author of The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!, The Stinky Cheese Man and a whole mess of other transgressive texts. His most recent Battle Bunny and new Frank Einstein series are just crazy. Mr. Scieszka is also the founder of the web-based literacy initiative for boys called Guys Read. In 2009 he was named our nation's first National Ambassador of Young People's Literature by the Library of Congress. And he still has the medal and sash to prove it.
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