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Gathering blue by Lois Lowry

Gathering blue (original 2000; edition 2012)

by Lois Lowry

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Title:Gathering blue
Authors:Lois Lowry
Info:Boston : Houghton Mifflin, [2012].
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Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry (2000)

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This is not really a sequel in the way I was expecting, but it still creates a vision of a frightening world - a world where we mock the ones in pain and abandon those who are hurt. I can relate. I think the further two books in this quartet will tie up the loose ends from the first book and bring all the characters together. ( )
  Soulmuser | May 30, 2017 |
I liked this one better than The Giver. It has more emotional depth without being as dark. I think it would also speak more clearly to children, and the child in all of us. ( )
  bness2 | May 23, 2017 |
In this second book of The Giver series, we fall in love with a teenage orphan girl who finds her gifting is more powerful and meaningful than she ever imagined. Kira, although crippled with one non-functioning leg, fights for her right to life. This is an excellent book to talk about disabilities alongside gifting. Everyone has something in which they can contribute, everyone has value. Kindness is a key word to the message of this book, a great follow up to The Giver. ( )
  AnnaBailey | Mar 9, 2017 |
It was my hope that this book would tell me what happened after the escape in The Giver. It was a completely different scenario.

Gathering Blue is the story of a young weaver named Kira who lives in a community. The community is somewhat primitive and does not have running water and people live in cotts made out of brambles and sticks. Kira's mother dies and Kira has to sit with her at the field which is the custom way they mourn. When she returns to rebuild her cott on her mother's space, another woman with a scar across her face challenges her for the land area.

Kira has a foot that drags and has much pain from it. She has to walk with a cane. She would have been put in the field except her mother's father had some degree of power among the elders. Her father was killed by the beasts while on a hunt.

Kira is brought before the elders and council is appointed for her. She has remarkable abilities as a weaver so she spared. Her land is given to the other woman. Kira moves into a large nice room where she is assigned the task of repairing the singer's robe. The task is very important.

Kira learns that there is another boy at the place named Thomas who is a gifted Carver. Kira has a friend named Matt, a tyke and his dog, who are from the Fen. The Fen is an area where the poorest live. Unlike others in the community, Matt is kind and friendly and nurtures an injured dog.

During the night Kira and Thomas hear a child's cry. They learn that a little tyke is locked up in a room. She is a singer with a lot of talent. The two sneak into her room and offer little Jo comfort. Thomas and Kira begin to become suspicious of what is occuring in their lives.

The day of the gathering when the singer is to sing Kira hears a scraping sound and so does Thomas. They do not know what it is. Matt comes back from a secret trip. He has brought her the secret to making blue thread. He also sneaks in a blind man who is wearing a blue shirt.

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Kira learns that the blind man is her father. He tells her there never were any beasts only cruel men in the community. It turns out that Jamison had clubbed and cut up her father to prevent him from getting a position as a council member. Her father was left to die in the burial field. People form a far away village had rescued him just as they had done for many others.

Matt is happy for Kira and tells her many people are broken in the far away village and she could find a husband there. Kira's father wants her to go with him, but she suddenly begins to put everything together. She realizes that the singer had his legs shackled and they had been bleeding. The shackles scraping was the noise she had heard.

Kira decides to stay and write a better future through her weaving of the ceremonial robe that she is expected to decorate. She is going to take a stand that she hopes will alter and create a better future for the community and the people. ( )
  jothebookgirl | Jan 3, 2017 |
It showed that you don't need to have perfect people in order to have a perfect society. The more you try and inforce the people to do something the more they rebel and the community will be more imperfect. ( )
  Brinlie.Jill.Searle | Nov 22, 2016 |
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''The Giver'' was an unforgettable, one-of-a-kind book that spoke as much to adults, myself included, as to children. The future world it depicted was rich and seductive and -- frightening thought -- completely plausible. The brute, survivalist world of ''Gathering Blue'' is much less convincing, with neither the dimension nor the subtlety of ''The Giver.'' Many of the characters in ''Gathering Blue'' are presented as either good or bad, and lack the complexity of real people.

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"Mother?" There was no reply. She hadn't expected one. Her mother had been dead now for four days, and Kira could tell that the last of her spirit was drifting away.
She knew something else as well, and with the realization, she rose from the damp grass to go indoors, to find her father and tell him that she could not be his eyes. That she must stay.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0385732562, Paperback)

Lois Lowry's magnificent novel of the distant future, The Giver, is set in a highly technical and emotionally repressed society. This eagerly awaited companion volume, by contrast, takes place in a village with only the most rudimentary technology, where anger, greed, envy, and casual cruelty make ordinary people's lives short and brutish. This society, like the one portrayed in The Giver, is controlled by merciless authorities with their own complex agendas and secrets. And at the center of both stories there is a young person who is given the responsibility of preserving the memory of the culture--and who finds the vision to transform it.

Kira, newly orphaned and lame from birth, is taken from the turmoil of the village to live in the grand Council Edifice because of her skill at embroidery. There she is given the task of restoring the historical pictures sewn on the robe worn at the annual Ruin Song Gathering, a solemn day-long performance of the story of their world's past. Down the hall lives Thomas the Carver, a young boy who works on the intricate symbols carved on the Singer's staff, and a tiny girl who is being trained as the next Singer. Over the three artists hovers the menace of authority, seemingly kind but suffocating to their creativity, and the dark secret at the heart of the Ruin Song.

With the help of a cheerful waif called Matt and his little dog, Kira at last finds the way to the plant that will allow her to create the missing color--blue--and, symbolically, to find the courage to shape the future by following her art wherever it may lead. With astonishing originality, Lowry has again created a vivid and unforgettable setting for this thrilling story that raises profound questions about the mystery of art, the importance of memory, and the centrality of love. (Ages 10 and older) --Patty Campbell

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Lame and suddenly orphaned, Kira is mysteriously removed from her squalid village to live in the palatial Council Edifice, where she is expected to use her gifts as a weaver to do the bidding of the all-powerful Guardians.

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