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I am not exactly sure how old I was the first time I read The Giver, but I believe it was around the age of 12. As a young impressionable preteen, Lois Lowry gave me one of my first illustrations of the importance of personal freedom. Coming from a rather politically minded family I often sat through conversations regarding rights, agency, and the power to choose for oneself. As I was already developing some strong political convictions I somehow knew it was essential that we, as humans, kept our personal freedom to choose, however, until I read this book I never fully understood the reason WHY.
Although found in the “Young Readers” section of the bookstore, The Giver is a must read for everyone! Now more than ever, we are faced with so many leaders who are seeking, at every turn, for ways to take away our personal freedom to choose. Throughout this politically active year let us remember the importance of taking responsibility for our actions and fighting to preserve our right to live freely, as we strive each day to find the happiness we all yearn to experience.