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After losing her beloved mother, Kira was in a devastating state of loneliness and despair in the beguiling book “Gathering Blue,” by Lois Lowry. Her father, who never knew of her existence, had supposedly passed away before Kira was born. Some villagers in her neighborhood despised Kira and regarded her as a waste of space due to her crippled leg. Kira felt her life was taking a downfall when Vandara, a ruthless villager, intended to destruct her land by complaining about Kira’s meaningless existence to the Council of Guardians, an authority in the village.
Fortunately, her defender, Jamison, pointed out Kira’s exceptional sewing skills and managed to persuade others to assign her a job as the Council threader. Kira was granted a nice room to live and work in with many new additions she had never knew about, which made her thinking luck was on her side.
Her job was to finish threading the valuable robe that the Singer was going to wear at the upcoming ceremony. Kira undertook many responsibilities in achieving her mission. While working in the Council, she made new friends, including Thomas the Carver, and Jo, a young girl.
At the ceremony, she was greeted with a surprise that changed her life forever. Kira finally met her father, who was alive but covered in scars. She also received a bundle of blue threads, which was rare to find. A happy reunion concluded the story and the truth of her family was revealed to Kira.
The well-planned storyline of this novel engages the reader throughout the story. As a reader, I can empathize Kira’s sorrow over the loss of her mother and her passion for threading. The escalating tension and suspense make this book a treat for fans of Lois Lowry’s “The Giver.”
“Gathering Blue” By Lois Lowry HMH Books for Young Readers 256 p.p.
Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Level: 7–9