This is a story about a boy named Jonas who lives in a "Utopian" style community. This community is closed up from the rest of the world. As Jonas grows up to the age of 12 he gets a job. His friends get normal jobs within the community but Jonas is given the job of receiver. The receiver is given memories about the past. The giver delivers the past to Jonas through touch. Jonas experiences things such as color and snow for the first time but he also experiences war and death. Jonas realizes how bad the community is and runs away with a baby named Gabriel before the community kills the baby. They find a house that is decorated with lights.
Color is a big part of this book. I would give each student a colored piece of paper and have them write about why the color means to them. I would also have them write what they think it would be like if we didn't have the color. This book should be used in 6th grade or above as it deals with euthanasia.