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Kira, newly orphaned and lame from birth, is taken from the turmoil of the village to live in the grand Council Edifice because of her skill at embroidery. There she is given the task of restoring the historical pictures sewn on the robe worn at the annual Ruin Song Gathering, a solemn day-long performance of the story of their world's past. Down the hall lives Thomas the Carver, a young boy who works on the intricate symbols carved on the Singer's staff, and a tiny girl who is being trained as the next Singer. Over the three artists hovers the menace of authority, seemingly kind but suffocating to their creativity, and the dark secret at the heart of the Ruin Song.
With the help of a cheerful waif called Matt and his little dog, Kira at last finds the way to the plant that will allow her to create the missing color--blue--and, symbolically, to find the courage to shape the future by following her art wherever it may lead. With astonishing originality, Lowry has again created a vivid and unforgettable setting for this thrilling story that raises profound questions about the mystery of art, the importance of memory, and the centrality of love. (Ages 10 and older) --Patty Campbell --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Ms. Lowry has brought to life another incredible world, separate to that of The Giver. The characters are interesting, lively, and lovable. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Chelsea
I never knew that The Giver was part of a Quartet. Though the storylines are unrelated, I can understand why they might be part of a series. Read morePublished 2 days ago by T. Morris
I gave this book and the others five stars because I enjoyed them so much. It is a must read.Published 2 days ago by Elaine
If you liked The Giver, then you're in for disappointment. Major downgrade from the depth and overall quality of the first book. Read morePublished 3 days ago by I yam what I yam
Love this series all these books connect and the story is wonderful.Published 3 days ago by Ida Mae Klinger
I liked this book a lot, maybe not as much as The Giver, but it was very good. My only issue is that I exptected the two books to be related and they are not. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Michele