Boston : Houghton Mifflin,
IL 5-8, RL 6.3
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.
Young Reader's Choice Awards)
Orphans -- Fiction.
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