Gathering Blue

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2013-03-05
  • Publisher: Houghton Miff

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Lois Lowry won the first of her two Newbery Medals in 1994 for The Giver. Six years later she ushered readers back into the mysterious but plausible future world of The Giverto tell the story of Kira, orphaned, physically flawed, and left with an uncertain future. This second book in the Giver Quartet has been stunningly redesigned in both paperback and hardcover. As she did in The Giverand later The Messenger, in Gathering BlueLois Lowry challenges readers to imagine what our world could become, how people could evolve, and what could be considered valuable. Return again to the world of The Giverin Lowry's concluding volume, Son, available in September 2012.


“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 the 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 © 2000 by Lois Lowry

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