Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry is the second book in a quartet that includes The Giver and deals with similar themes (a society that discards the weak).
It contains Common Core connections and resources to use in your classroom.
Gathering Blue is the 2nd book in the Giver quartet. Kira is a girl with a twisted leg who lives in a more primitive society where people who cannot work die.
Her only friend is a boy named Matt, a one syllable boy.
She realizes that his feet are chained, and he is essentially a prisoner.
The implication is that she and the others with Gifts are also prisoners.Kira's one desire is to find woad, the plant that will allow her to make blue thread, the one colour lacking in the spectrum available to her.Still, there is something that is not quite right with the situation, and soon Kira cannot avoid the truth.He now lives in a community made up of injured and disabled people who help one another.He has enemies on the Council and is forced to ge to continue to embroider the Singer's robe and help improve the society she lives in.Kira's one desire is to find woad, the plant that will allow her to make blue thread, the one color lacking in the spectrum available to her.When the day that the Singer sings the Song comes, Matt is nowhere to be found.Kira decides to find out the truth about her society. She is comfortably housed, well-fed, clean and safe. She has friends as well: Matt, a scruffy boy from the Fen, a poverty-stricken area, who visits with his dog, Branch, and Thomas, a boy Kira's age who also lives under the care of the Guardians.Thomas, an exquisite carver, assigned to work on the Singer's staff.She has been kept alive by her mother, and, when her mother dies, is brought before the Council of Guardians by Vandara, one of the women who seeks to take her land.Kira's life is spared when she proves she can weave and embroider very well, and she is asked to take up the task of fixing up the robe worn by the Singer whose only job is the presentation of the Song, the story of human civilization, bed to make every color, except for blue.