Age 7 (Book), 9 (Movie)
Gender Female
Hair Brown
Appearances The Giver
Mentioned Son
Portrayed by Emma Tremblay

Lily, also known as Lily-billy (a pet-name given to her by her parents), is Jonas's younger sister. It is unknown what her assignment will be, but is speculated to be Nurturer. At the beginning of "The Giver", Lily is a Seven, but in Chapter 6 she becomes an Eight when Jonas becomes a Twelve.


Early Life

Lily was born Newchild #23. When Jonas was 5, his parents registered for a daughter, and got Lily. It is said that Lily once visited another child-care center, in which Lily felt strange and stupid because they had learned more things than Lily and her class had.

The Giver

Lily shares that a class of 7s from a different community have come to her child-care center. She explains that a boy had cut to the front of the line all day that day. Her parents quickly tell her that the boy probably didn't know the rules and that he felt strange and stupid. Lily is then asked to leave the room because her parents begin speaking about Jonas's Ceremony of 12s.

When she comes back, she asks for her Comfort Object, which is an elephant. Her father notes that in December, she won't have it anymore, as it will be recycled to the Newchildren. Lily mentions that she hopes that she gets the assignment of Birthmother, to which her mother scolds her and calls the job not honorable. Lily decides that she would rather have the job of Nurturer, like her father. Jonas remarks that Lily might get the job of Speaker because she is very loud. Lily later says that she would enjoy flying with a Pilot.

Later in the story, Lily is shown talking with her father about the correct feeding procedure. In Chapter 5, it is mentioned that Lily has lengthy dreams that she shares, like everyone, in the morning. In Chapter 6, it is mentioned that Lily does not like hair ribbons, and is glad that she only must wear them for 1 more year. In the same chapter, Lily gets her new coat, one that has small buttons and pockets, which she did not have before. Lily wants to own a bike, as shown in Chapter 6.

Lily is never seen after The Given.


Lily is mentioned briefly by Jonas when he mentions that he had a sister.

Movie Portrayal

In the movie adaptation of "The Giver", Lily is portrayed by Emma Tremblay.

Lily is 9 in the movie instead of 8.

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