Reviews for Gathering Blue : Library Edition


AudioFile Reviews 2001 August/September
Left alone by her mother's sudden death in a savage future where life is ruled by fear and memory and humans feel powerless to affect their fate, Kira is a different breed, an artist who expresses her vision in colored thread on cloth. Such a gift, however, matters little to the general populace, scrabbling as they must to survive in a hostile physical world, particularly when the artist is imperfect, as Kira is, with her twisted leg and hobbled walk. Katherine Borowitz delivers an unimpassioned, measured reading, a superb match for the dispassionate tone of Lowry's novel. Her voice softens and glimmers with emotion only when the text rests solidly within Kira's thoughts, or when she remembers her dead mother's loving tones. The solemnity and mystery of the novel are frequently relieved, however, by the charming impulsivity and crude Fen dialect of the waif, Matt, which Borowitz flawlessly captures. T.B. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award. ¬ AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine

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School Library Journal Reviews 2001 May
Gr 5-9-As Gathering Blue (HM, 2000) begins, a harsh, barbaric community of the future challenges the right of Kira to remain a part. Orphaned by the recent death of her mother, Kira has been cursed by a deformed leg and blessed by unsurpassed artistic talent. Facing the Council of Guardians, she pleads her case and finds an important role that plunges her deep into the heart of this enigmatic civilization. Lois Lowry, the consummate yarn-spinner, has deftly woven this cautionary tale so reminiscent of her Newbery tour-de-force, The Giver. She takes a bleak and colorless landscape, embroiders it richly with her storytelling prowess, and even treats us to an introductory spoken passage filled with insight into her thoughts and motivations for writing the story. Gathering Blue lends itself well to the medium of audiobook. The unusual-yet-familiar vocabulary used by the villagers can be recognized readily through the expert reading of actress Katherine Borowitz. The story is loquacious, mysterious, and thought provoking a must-have for young adults. The audio version is certain to be popular on circulation lists and with teachers.-Lisa Denton, J.S. Russell Junior High School, Lawrenceville, VA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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