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Gathering Blue | [Lois Lowry]

Gathering Blue

Kira, an orphan with a twisted leg, lives in a world where the weak are cast aside. She fears for her future until she is spared by the all-powerful Council of Guardians. Kira is a gifted weaver and is given a task that no other community member can do. While her talent keeps her alive and brings certain privileges, Kira soon realizes she is surrounded by many mysteries and secrets. No one must know of her plans to uncover the truth about her world and see what places exist beyond.
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Publisher's Summary

Kira, an orphan with a twisted leg, lives in a world where the weak are cast aside. She fears for her future, until she is spared by the all-powerful Council of Guardians. Kira is a gifted weaver and is given a task that no other community member can do. While her talent keeps her alive and brings certain privileges, Kira soon realizes she is surrounded by many mysteries and secrets. No one must know of her plans to uncover the truth about her world and see what places exist beyond.

©2006 Lois Lowry; (P)2008 Listening Library

What the Critics Say

"Lowry returns to the metaphorical future world of her Newbery-winning The Giver to explore the notion of foul reality disguised as fair....Readers will find plenty of material for thought and discussion here....A top writer, in top form." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Lowry has once again created a fully realized world full of drama, suspense, and even humor." (School Library Journal)

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    kaitlin 07-17-15
    kaitlin 07-17-15 Member Since 2012
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    "It's no Giver but a great read!"

    Lois Lowry delivers another great book but it can't touch The Giver, one of the books that truly sparked my love of literature!

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    Janice Reiff Raleigh, NC, US 07-01-15
    Janice Reiff Raleigh, NC, US 07-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent"

    The narrator did a wonderful job! The story was captivating. I also read the Giver and I look forward to listening to Lowry's other stories I recommend this book to all readers young and old. Enjoy!

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    Timmy Misiura 06-09-15
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    "wonderful book!"

    was one of the best books I read.... the other being the giver... narration was good

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    Angela J. Godwin San Bernardino, CA USA 05-03-15
    Angela J. Godwin San Bernardino, CA USA 05-03-15 Member Since 2014

    Sweet heart

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    "Beautiful story"

    I love the characters. It is a wonderful story for both children and adults. A strange future view that is both sad, compelling, and hopeful.

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    Michelle 04-13-15
    Michelle 04-13-15
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    "Not what I thought book 2 would be about"

    I am not sure how they are part of a series but both the Giver and Gathering Blue are great books. I listened to this one in 2 days, I did not want to stop listening.

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    christy Plano, TX, United States 03-12-15
    christy Plano, TX, United States 03-12-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Can't Look Away, but I want to..."

    The premise of these books is interesting, but I am ready for these characters stories to be wrapped up. I am already onto Son, just because I am not a quitter. I would not describe these books as overly satisfying, but definitely a fun step out of my normal reading preferences.

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    AirBaloon 03-10-15
    AirBaloon 03-10-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Huh?"

    I'm a little confused on what this has to do with the first book? Oh well, still a good book, can't wait for book 3.

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    Ta' Lynn Bayless 03-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A little better than life"

    it had tons of twists at the end and the voice went perfect with the story and character. It really is great.

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    Will 02-23-15
    Will 02-23-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Ends just when it gets going"
    Would you try another book from Lois Lowry and/or Katherine Borowitz?

    no


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really


    Any additional comments?

    I was very disappointed. I doesn't have the same feel as the Giver at all. It was way too obvious for the reader, while painfully naive of the characters. I felt the end was needlessly rushed and really abruptly stops just when you felt like it got going.

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    Joseph 02-10-15
    Joseph 02-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Slow, but sweet"

    This book is a bit slower for the beginning but as it progresses you find yourself unable to stop. It's sweet, and touching. It makes you see through her eyes and feel for the young heroine. So beautiful.

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