If you've read The Giver by Lois Lowry (and had your mind totally blown), chances are you're on the lookout for something equally awesome to read next. But where do you start?! Have no fear, fellow fans! If you're craving more mystery and adventure in a world full of secrets, check out this super-rad list ofThe Giver readalikes for ages 10 and up!
Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry
The author ofThe Giver takes us on a journey to a future very different from the one created inThe Giver. After The Ruin, the world is now a bleak place with no technology. Kira, a young weaver, is taken to live in the Council Edifice after her mother dies. There, she is responsible for restoring the Singer's robe worn at the Ruin Song Gathering, an annual ceremony for retelling the world's past. In the process, she uncovers more and more about the truth of the Ruin and what she can do to change the future. See also Messenger and Son by Lois Lowry.
Running Out of Time by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Jessie Keyser, age 13, lives with her family in the village of Clifton, Indiana in the year 1840. When the children of the village fall ill with a deadly disease, it's up to Jessie to find a cure -- and that means discovering that her whole life until now has been a lie. The year is actually 1996, and the world outside of her hometown is radically different from everything she's known. But even if she's never seen a car, or television, or telephone, she's still on a mission to save the children . . . and find out why this enormous secret was kept from her in the first place.
Holes by Louis Sachar
Stanley Yelnats has been unfairly sent to Camp Green Lake, but it's not the kind of camp you're expecting -- it's a boys' detention center. At Camp Green Lake, there's no lake in sight, just a dried-up lake bed. The boys spend all day digging holes 5-feet wide and 5 -feet deep. It's supposed to "build character," but it seems suspiciously like there is something else going on. What are the boys really digging for? What's the warden looking for? Stanley's hunt for the truth lands him in a whole lot of trouble, but he's about to unearth the secret of a lifetime!
The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
Humankind has survived the end of the world in the city of Ember, protected by a dome overhead and surrounded by darkness. For 241 years, humans have lived in this city that is lit for 12 hours a day by lamps. There used to be a way to get out, but the instructions have been long lost . . . or have they? With blackouts happening more often and storerooms getting dangerously empty, it's up to 12-year-olds Doon and Lina to find a way to save humanity.
The Finisher by David Baldacci
Vega Jane, age 14, has always believed there is no life outside of her village of Wormwood -- just deadly and mysterious creatures that roam the surrounding forest, called the Quag. That all changes when she spots her mentor Quentin fleeing into the unknown and finds a note he's left behind for her. What was Quentin running from, and what was he running towards? Vega is about to be tossed into a thrilling and terrifying adventure where each answer just brings more and more questions.
The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm by Nancy Farmer
Welcome to Harare, Zimbabwe in the year 2194. The 3 children of military leader General Amadeus Matsika have just been kidnapped and spirited away from their robotically protected and controlled home, and are about to learn a whole lot about the world outside their front door. Sent on a mission to rescue the kids are 3 mutant detectives from an agency called The Ear, the Eye and the Arm. The past, present, and future collide in this rollicking adventure that will take you deep into a fantastical world of mile-high skyscrapers, slums, plastic mines, witchcraft, strange traditions, street gangs, bizarre technology, and more!
The Last Book in the Universe by Rodman Philbrick
When the world more or less ended in the "Big Shake" a select group of people sealed themselves off in the land of Eden and rebuilt a more perfect civilization inside its walls. Spaz, an epileptic teenager, lives in the Urb -- the land outside of Eden -- and in constant fear of the gangs that freely roam there. When a gang sends him to rob an old man named Ryter, Spaz stumbles across something truly sacred: the pages of the last book in the universe, which Ryter has been writing. In this toxic wasteland, Ryter may hold the key to finding a way to save the rest of the "normals" left out of Eden.
The List by Siobhan Vivian (for ages 12 and up)
An anonymous list hanging at school names the prettiest and the ugliest girls in each grade. Imagine how your life would change if your name were on this list!
Have you read any of these readalikes? What book would YOU recommend for fans of The Giver? Share your thoughts and picks in the Comments section below!
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