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Gathering Blue was written by Lois Lowry and published in 2000.
Left orphaned and physically flawed in a civilization that shuns and discards the weak, Kira faces a frighteningly uncertain future. Her neighbors are hostile and no one but a small boy offers to help. When summoned to judgement by the Council of Guardians, Kira prepares to fight for her life. But the Council, to her surprise, has plans for her. Blessed with an almost magical talent that keeps her alive, the young girl faces new responsibilities and a set of mysteries deep within the only world she has ever known. On her quest for truth, Kira discovers things that will change her life and world forever.
Plot Summary Edit
Kira is a very brave young girl, having lost her father before she was born and her mother just as the story opens. She was born with a twisted leg which would normally mean exile from her village, if her mother had not stood up for her all her life. But now that her mother has died, her neighbors begin to ask that she be taken to The Field to be given to the beasts that are said to live in the forest. But just as it seems that she is going to be sent away, the Council of Guardians asks her to do a task for them, a task that is extremely important for the community. Kira's talent for weaving and sewing is put to the test, but is there more going on than what it seems?
Main Characters Edit
- Kira - A loving girl, born with a twisted leg. She has an unatural gift when it comes to weaving.
- Matt - A wild young boy who is friends with Kira. He knows how to sneak and steal very well.
- Thomas - A very gifted wood-carver who befriends Kira.
- Jamison - One member of the Council of Guardians who watches over Kira.
- Christopher - Kira's father who was "killed by beasts" before she was born.
- Katrina - Kira's mother who dies at the beginning of the story.
== Memorable Quotes == "I wish, i wish with all my heart, to fly with dragons, in a land apart.." Pg 77
Teacher Evaluation Edit
Though advertised as a sequel to The Giver, this book is much, much different. I love this book in the fact that the author presents a very different view of the future than in her first book. This society is very believable in my opinion and seems like it could become a reality, if society continues the way it is headed. Differences are shunned in this book, and in our world, the same thing occurs. People are always shunning abnormalities and would rather be “perfect.” I love the fact that diversity is celebrated in these books and how having the gift of art is almost worshiped in the society. I really think that you will love this book.
Additional Information Edit
This is the second book in The Trilogy by Lois Lowry. It is a very different story than The Giver, but gives readers a different look into the future. The last book in the trilogy, Messenger, brings characters from The Giver and Gathering Blue together for one last story. For more information on Lois Lowry and her other books, visit Lois Lowry's Website