1994 Newbery Medal
1996 William Allen White Award
American Library Association listings for "Best Book for Young Adults"
ALA Notable Children's Book
A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
Annotation: It is the Ceremony of Twelve and Jonas has received his lifetime assignment; he is the receiver of memories, a position shared by only one other in his community, and he quickly learns the horrible truth about the society in which he lives.
Book talk: Have you ever wanted to live in a perfect world, one where there is no sickness, no war, no lying, no poverty, just peace and harmony?
Are you sure this is a world in which you want to live?
This is where Jonas lives, and Jonas has just learned a terrible secret, one that shatters his understanding of everything he has ever known. He is the new keeper of memories and is only just beginning to recognize the terrible price that he and everyone else in the community has paid in order to live in this perfect world.
Subject Headings: Science fiction, dystopia