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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
The Giver Quartet is such a wonderfully written piece of literature. Gathering Blue adds another dimension to the story which all comes together in the last two books.Published 6 hours ago by Sandra Marr
Not as good as I hoped for. If you are reading this because you read Hunger Games and are looking for the same type of theme, find a different path... Read morePublished 3 days ago by FarmWife
Book is kind of hard to understand in the beginning. Is very sweet and kind has kind of hard words to understand. Is good for ages 10-14Published 5 days ago by Sara Graham
This was an engaging book. Should be read after the giver and before the messenger. Excellent read for Tweens and older.Published 5 days ago by Nicole Hine-cappa
I'm a huge fan if The Giver, but this followup book was disappointing. Well written, yes, but unfortunately slow and predictable. I probably won't read the third one.Published 6 days ago by Lorijo Metz
This was real good , enjoyed the story line and was surprised at the society as decent as it was for some, the truth was hidden. Great ending ..kept me wanting more. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Irene Luzzi
I guess I was let down due to the Giver being so good. I thought maybe the ending was the only part that left you with some excitement but was a cheap move to leave you with... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Rodolfo Suarez
Lois Lowry tells wonderful stories but she always ends them with questions versus answers. It would be nice if there was a sequel. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Aria
Not as good as the giver, but I read to my fourth and fifth graders, and we found Matt's character very amusing. He had the funniest speech! Read morePublished 22 days ago by HOLLY