Jonas's Friend
Age 11/12 (book) 16 (movie)
Gender Male
Hair Brown (Movie)
Allies Jonas, Fiona
Portrayed by Cameron Monaghan

Asher is a character in The Giver. He is known to be silly but good-natured and playful, never intending to hurt anybody. He is Jonas' best friend, having a great sense of humor. 


Asher is very energetic, clumsy, careless, and imprecise with words, but cheerful and good-humored, but this results in him being hard to work with. He is a bit excitable sometimes which results in him speaking too fast and imprecisely, like when he was a three, and mixed up snack with the word "smack", recieving many blows of the "discipline wand" on his hand and legs. This resulted in a silent Asher for a while, but after a while he learned and began to talk with greater precision. Asher is usually late for school, and uses multiple excuses to explain this. On the other hand he is described by most as fun to be around.

Job Assignment

Asher was assigned the job of Assistant Recreational Director in the book, and assigned Pilot in the movie. (He was the fourth one to receive his job assignment as his birth number is #4, meaning that he was the fourth child born in his year out of 50 children.


Asher has a father, a mother and a baby sister called Phillipa, who Asher's family gained when Asher became an Eleven. Phillipa is a one in the book, although not much is said about her.

Film Adaptation

  • In the movie adaption of "The Giver", Asher is portrayed by Cameron Monaghan.
  • Asher's age is changed from 12 to 16.
  • Asher's assignment is Drone Pilot instead of recreation director, which was never mentioned in the book.
  • Asher helps Jonas with his escape, though in the book Jonas did everything on his own.
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