Gathering Blue

Paperback | March 5, 2013

byLois Lowry

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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.

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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 paper...

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...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.27 × 7.62 × 0.67 inPublished:March 5, 2013Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0547904142

ISBN - 13:9780547904146


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gathering Blue I thought that this book is just as powerful as its prequel. I wish they'll base a movie on this book.
Date published: 2015-08-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One of the best books I have ever read!!! After reading the giver ad watching the movie, I was convinced that I had to read the rest of the series. I read the first chapter, thinking that I would get bored throughout the book, but ever page I read, left me wanting more. I highly recommend the whole series for someone who wants an engaging, light read. It has the perfect blend of mystery, joy and will have you one the edge of your seat. (a very fast reader, depending on your pace)
Date published: 2015-05-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wishing for more Ending was abrupt which is a good problem as i wanted to read more! her books are rather short. Looking forward to book three.
Date published: 2015-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gathering Blue This is one of the best books I have read in my life after the Giver. Great Job! RECOMMENDID!!!!!!!
Date published: 2015-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gathering blue Loved it but it ended to quickly. Loved it
Date published: 2014-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gathering blue Another wonderful book by Lois Lowry. The story of Kira and the truth about her village and the evil that lurks there. A must companion to The Giver and the books following that novel. A great read for all ages.
Date published: 2014-03-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from This book sucked! This book was really pointless , it was boring and tragic. DONT WASTE YOUR TIME
Date published: 2014-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Just as The Giver, Gathering Blue is an amazing book. I could picture everything going on, but like The Giver once again, it leaves me at a cliff hanger and wanting more, with more questions swimming through my mind.
Date published: 2014-01-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gathering blue Good book better ending
Date published: 2013-05-15
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.
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

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“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

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"