Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 256 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.5 in
Published: March 28, 2013
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0547904142
ISBN - 13: 9780547904146
About the Book
Lowry won her first Newbery Medal in 1994 for "The Giver." Six years later, she ushered readers back into its mysterious but plausible future world in "Gathering Blue" to tell the story of Kira, orphaned, physically flawed, and left with an uncertain future.
Read from the Book
"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
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
From the Publisher
Lois Lowry won her first Newbery Medal in 1994 for The
Giver. Six years later, she ushered readers back into its
mysterious but plausible future world in Gathering Blue to
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 paperback.
As she did in The Giver and later Messenger, in
Gathering Blue Lois Lowry challenges readers to imagine
what our world could become, how people could evolve, and what
could be considered valuable.
About the Author
Lois Lowry is the author of more than thirty books for young
adults, including the popular Anastasia Krupnik series. She has
received countless honors, among them the Boston Globe-Horn Book
Award, the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award, the California Young
Reader''s Medal, and the Mark Twain Award. She received Newbery
Medals for two of her novels, NUMBER THE STARS and THE GIVER. Her
first novel, A SUMMER TO DIE, was awarded the International Reading
Association''s Children''s Book Award. Ms. Lowry now divides her
time between Cambridge and an 1840s farmhouse in Maine. To learn
more about Lois Lowry, see her website at www.loislowry.com.
"Lowry returns to the metaphorical future world of her
Newbery-winning The Giver. . . . Plenty of material for thought and
discussion here, plus a touch of magic and a tantalizing hint about
the previous book''s famously ambiguous ending." (6/15/00) Kirkus
Reviews with Pointers
"Lowry is a master at creating worlds, both real and imagined, and
this incarnation of our civilization some time in the future is one
of her strongest creations." -Booklist, starred review (6/1/00)
Booklist, ALA, Starred Review