I had bought Lois Lowry's book Son as soon as it was released. I had read The Giver--and am going to teach it next school year. When cleaning my classroom for the summer, I noticed I had Gathering Blue on my bookshelf. I wasn't sure if the book was a sequel or part of a group of four books (I've heard some refer to it as the "quartet"). Nonetheless, I read it.
I liked how Gathering Blue emphasized using the talents with which you were born. Would be a great piece to discuss in a junior high classroom.
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