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Gathering Blue

by Lois Lowry

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | March 28, 2013 | Trade Paperback

Gathering Blue is rated 3.6 out of 5 by 5.
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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 256 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.5 in

Published: March 28, 2013

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0547904142

ISBN - 13: 9780547904146

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Scary and Sad, but soooo good! Well, Lois Lowry did not seem to disappoint with this final installment of her series. I loved how it brought together the 3 main characters in a way that made a lot of sense. Also, I couldn't help but wonder, what happened to the baby that "Leader" had arrived to "Village" with? That's the only thing that left me thinking. Anyways, it's a nice development and the story really leaves you waiting to see what happens next. The ending was really sad though. :( I wanted to cry, but at least everything was at peace. This book is just as great as the first two and if you liked them well then you should definitely read this book!
Date published: 2012-01-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Fell short Messenger is the last in the trilogy that commenced with the ever popular The Giver, and which then was followed by Gathering Blue. Unfortunately the first two novels proved to be difficult acts to follow successfully, in my opinion. This story seemed somewhat contrived, haphazard and written with less creative flow. I was left with a lot of unanswered questions by the end, and felt slightly ripped off and let down. Ultimately I feel the story had the potential to be so much more. Ah, well, I would still recommend the series for children, as I do find there are a lot of morality issues addressed as well as an underlying meaningful social commentary. www.booksnakereviews.blogspot.com
Date published: 2008-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down This is the companion book to the Giver and Gathering Blue. All three books are stand alones, but together they tell an even better story. They make you wonder what might happen in our future if we are not careful about our actions today. Matt and his friends shows you the true meaning of compassion and caring. There is a bit of a surprise but understandable ending. Each of these books leave you wanting more.
Date published: 2006-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Messenger I think that this book is excellent and anybody who doesn't read this is really missing out!!
Date published: 2005-06-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Something was missing.... A good plot, interesting ideas, great characters....but something seemed to be lacking. I'm not sure what it was, but Lowry's latest book just seemed to be missing something....
Date published: 2005-01-18

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Gathering Blue

by Lois Lowry

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 256 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.5 in

Published: March 28, 2013

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

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 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

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.

Editorial Reviews

"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
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