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December 19, 2010

Gathering Blue

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Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry: Book Cover 

Gathering Blue

Author: Lois Lowry

Page Length: 215


Reading Level: 6


Genre: Fiction


Career Connections: none         

PLOT SUMMARY: Kira should never have been allowed to live in the village ruled by the Council of Guardians.  She had a twisted leg and disabled children were cast out and left to die.  However, her father had been a great warrior and her grandfather a leader of the village, so she was allowed to live with her mother and learn the skills of a weaver. 

When her mother became ill and died, Kira was brought before the Council and accused of being a nuisance to the community.  She was defended by Jamison, one of the Council members and allowed not only to remain alive, but was moved into the Council’s quarters to become the official weaver of the village with lavish surroundings and food, unlike the impoverished people of the community.

Here, she met Thomas, who had a special talent of carving.  The two of them discovered, Jo, another child being trained to be the future singer of the village.  When Annabella, Kira’s dying teacher, suddenly passes away, Kira begins to question the deaths of the three young apprentices’ parents. She realizes that the children had been predestined with a role in the village’s future.

REVIEW: This is a dystopian novel which finds a village of very poor, undernourished people ruled by a Council of Guardians.  Students who enjoy reading about the future would like this book.


AREAS OF TEACHING: Setting, Conflict, Cause/Effect, and Character

RELATED BOOKS: Giver, Messenger, The Silent Boy, The Hunger Games


MOVIE CONNECTIONS: The Final Cut (2004), Fortress (1993)

REVIEWED BY: Shirley Wagner


1 Comment »

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