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Lowry, Lois.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2000.
IL 5-8, RL 6.3
ISBN 0618055819
Kira, young crippled orphan, struggles to survive in a cruel, brutish, futuristic society. If you like The Giver, you will love Mrs. Lowry's latest book. Like The Giver, it shows us an alternative future with its own mysterious, even horrible secrets. This time, we are in a primitive society, surviving some great destruction called only "the Ruin." Now that Kira's mother has died, she is in great peril. If Kira's lameness keeps her from actively contributing to her society, then she will be killed. But she DOES have a contribution to make: she is almost magically skillful at embroidery, and the Ruin Singer's robe is in need of re-embroidering. First she must learn  how to make the dyes needed for embroidery thread, especially how to make the missing color blue. The story raises deep questions about art, memory, love and the ability of youth to change even the most authoritarian of cultures. Gathering Blue is a richly imagined story of great originality.  (Jeannie Bellavance for Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards)
SUBJECTS:     Orphans -- Fiction.
                        Science fiction.


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