Gathering Blue Book Review

Book Title: Gathering Blue
Author: Lois Lowry
Publish Date: 2000
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Series: The Giver Quartet #2

Gathering Blue Book Review | Elements of Elementary
Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry

Suggested Grade: 6th, 7th, 8th, High School

Suggested Format: Small Group, Independent reading

Kira is an anomaly in a world where the weak are cast aside. An orphan with a deformed leg, she fears what her future will be. Kira is granted reprieve because of her skills as a gifted weaver, and is given an important task within the society. The singer's robe needs repairs, and Kira is the only one who can fix it. History itself resides within the robe, as the singer uses it every year to remind the community of their past. As she lives in the city center and begins her important work, Kira realizes that there are secrets in the community--secrets that are not necessarily for the good of the people. Kira sets out to find the truth about her world, and the unknown world beyond.

Teacher's Notes: 
An amazing book, this is my personal favorite book in the Giver Quartet. This book is always a big hit with some of my more introverted girls, as they feel they can connect with Kira. It can be read as a stand alone book, or as a follow-up to the Giver. Some students every year put the book down claiming it is "too slow" or "not exciting" enough, as it is a bit slow to start. You really get the feel of the characters, and who they are as the story begins. This is an awesome book, but is not for everyone.

Overall: 10/10

How I Got the Book: Purchased for my personal collection

Suggested Interests: Fantasy, Fiction, Dystopia


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