Gathering blue /

by Lowry, Lois.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, c2000Description: 215 p. ; 22 cm.ISBN: 0618055819:; 9780618055814.Title notes: $16.00 2/7/2009 (si)Subject(s): Chapter books | Science fiction | Orphans -- Fiction | People with disabilities -- Fiction | Artists -- Fiction | Science fictionOnline resources: Sample text | Publisher's description | Contributor biographical information | Click here to access online Summary: 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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<p>Lois Lowry once again creates a mysterious but plausible future world. It is a society ruled by savagery and deceit that shuns and discards the weak. Left orphaned and physically flawed, young Kira faces a frightening, uncertain future. Blessed with an almost magical talent that keeps her alive, she struggles with ever broadening responsibilities in her quest for truth, discovering things that will change her life forever.</p> <p>As she did in THE GIVER, Lowry challenges readers to imagine what our world could become, how people could evolve, and what could be considered valuable. Every reader will be taken by Kira's plight and will long ponder her haunting world and the hope for the future.</p>

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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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<opt> <anon I1="BLANK" I2="BLANK">"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 the spirit was drifting away. "Mother." She said it again, quietly, to whatever was leaving. She thought that she could feel its leavetaking, the way one could feel a small whisper of breeze at night. Now she was all alone. Kira felt the aloneness, the uncertainty, and a great sadness. This had been her mother, the warm and vital woman whose name had been Katrina. Then after the brief and unexpected sickness, it had become the body of Katrina, still containing the lingering spirit. After four sunsets and sunrises, the spirit too was gone. It was simply a body. Diggers would come and sprinkle a layer of soil over the flesh, but even so it would be eaten by the clawing, hungry creatures that came at night. Then the bones would scatter, rot, and crumble to become part of th earth. Kira wiped briefly at her eyes, which had filled suddenly with tears. She had loved her mother, and would miss her terribly. But it was time for her to go. She wedged her walking stick in the soft ground, leaned on it, and pulled herself up. Copyright (c) 2000 by Lois Lowry</anon> </opt>

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(Intermediate, Middle School) Long rumored to be a sequel to the author's Newbery medal-winning The Giver (rev. 7/93), Lois Lowry's new novel, save for a teasing hint near its end, is instead more of a parallel speculation on the nature of the future of human society. Life in Kira's community is nasty, brutish, and, for the ill or disabled, short: those unable to make their own way are taken to the Field of Leaving to die. For some reason Kira is an exception. Born with a twisted leg, she has always thought her survival was allowed by the fierce protection of her mother, whose death begins the novel, and by the honored position of her late father, killed by beasts during a hunt. But when Kira survives an attempt by the other women to drive her out of the village and instead is given a comfortable position-and an important task-in the Hall of Guardians, readers gradually become aware of the secrets poised at the heart of the community, ones that hide a truth far darker than even the grim surface. Lowry's dispassionate style is all the more telling for its understatement, and the even pace of the narrative provides an effective counterpoint to the seemingly anarchic nature of Kira's world. While the book shares the thematic concerns of The Giver-most prominently, the importance of memory-it adds a layer of questions about the importance of art in creating and, more ominously, controlling community. Kira is a gifted weaver who has been given the task of restoring and extending the tapestry-story told on the ceremonial robe worn by the Singer during the annual presentation of the Song, a ritual enactment of human his-tory from creation through its cycles of prosperity and famine, peace and devastation. In the course of her work she meets Thomas, a young man who has been given the work of restoring and carving anew the staff the Singer holds to guide him through his long performance, and Jo, a little girl being taught the Song in order to follow the elderly Singer in his (as Kira discovers, to her horror) chained footsteps. The thematic threads are not always woven as securely as they might be into the fabric of the story; in particular, Lowry seems not to have completely worked out to what dark purposes the Guardians intend to put Kira (and Thomas). We know they want her to weave their version of history into the robe, but to what end? Still, the novel contains a number of good questions that will reward contemplation, and if the perhaps-sighting of The Giver's Jonas-or Gabriel?-in the end seems gratuitous, the book succeeds quite well in providing a satisfying story, richly imagined. r.s. (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.

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