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Gathering Blue (Hardcover)

Author:  Lois Lowry
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0618055819
ISBN-13: 9780618055814
Sku: 30605292
Publish Date: 9/1/2000
Pages:  224
Age Range:  16 to UP
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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. (from the first line)
In a future world reminiscent of that in The Giver, disadvantaged orphan Kira utilizes a seemingly magical talent to keep herself alive in a savage society that shuns and discards the weak, while she struggles to find truth. 100,000 first printing. *Author: Lowry, Lois *Publication Date: 2000/09/25 *Number of Pages: 215 *Binding Type: Hardbound *Grade Level: 7-9 *Language: English *Depth: 1.00 *Width: 5.75 *Height: 8.50
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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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In a savage society that shuns the weak, a lame orphan named Kira is allowed to live only because she is an amazingly talented weaver. Given the responsibility of restoring the historic robe that is worn during the village's annual Ruin Song Gathering (an event that retells the history of their society), Kira is taken from her rundown hut and sent to live at the elegant Council Edifice. There she meets two other young artists, both of whom are also orphans and who, like her, have gifts more powerful than any of them fully understand. As Kira settles into her new role, she discovers a long-held secret about her society and begins to realize that she might have the power to change her entire world. This is a loose companion to the story begun in THE GIVER and continued in MESSENGER.
Author Bio
Lois Lowry
Lois Lowry has tremendous range as a writer. She is well known for her humorous series of books about Anastasia Krupnik and her younger brother, Sam, but has also written about more serious topics, such as the Holocaust. As a result of her father's career as a U.S. Army dentist, Lois was born in Hawaii and attended junior high school in Japan. She attended Brown University but left school to get married and have children and, as a matter of fact, she had four before her 25th birthday. She eventually returned to school and graduated from the University of Maine. Her first book, A SUMMER TO DIE, was published in 1977. She won the Newbery Medal in 1990 for NUMBER THE STARS and again in 1994 for THE GIVER. A woman of many talents, Lowry's work as a photographer has appeared on the cover of some of her books. She also appeared on the television quiz show Jeopardy!

Praise

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"...Kira is a resolute, doughty character whose struggle to take control of her artistic destiny may inspire young readers seeking to take control of their own futures." - Janice M. Del Negro November 2000

Kirkus Reviews
"Readers will find plenty of material for thought and discussion here....A top writer, in top form." June 15, 2000

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Product attributeeBooks:   Kobo
Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeMinimum Age:   12
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0224
Product attributePublisher:   Walter Lorraine Books
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